January 8

Let your steadfast love, O Lord, be upon us, even as we hope in you. Psalm 33:22 

Let us hold fast to the confession of our hope without wavering, for he who has promised is faithful. Hebrews 10:23 

Psalm 33 is a song of praise, referred to sometimes as a “liturgy of praise.” It is structured somewhat like a liturgy in which the choir and the people have alternating portions to speak. It starts out with a call to praise in the first three verses, perhaps spoken by the choir leader, then middle verses for the choir and ends with a three verse response from the people. Our verse for today is the last in the Psalm and is a petition to the Lord, to remain with them as He has promised as their hope remains in Him. 

This Psalm is not attributed to David like many others are, but may actually be in response to events at a later time where God has again delivered the people from harm. Some suggest it actually was written during the time of the Maccabees. Whoever wrote it, and for whatever occasion, it is a good model of how to pray to God. Start out with thankfulness and praise. Continue with what we know God has done for us, and end with our hope in His promise to save all of us, his children. The Psalm is used this way in some Jewish traditions, it is read at the beginning of the day as it is good to start with praise and thankfulness, then later in the day add the petitions and needs. 

The writer of Hebrews reinforces this   we too can have hope in God’s promises because He is faithful.  No matter our doubts along the way, on those days when everything seems overwhelming, we can still have that hope that our faith instills in us. We are to have hope without wavering. God is steadfast and continuously faithful to us. We can, with the help of the Holy Spirit and prayers, keep our hope without wavering. 

Thank you, God, for your continued faithfulness toward us. We rejoice in your promises. Yet, at the same time we are filled with fears and doubts. Rescue us and transform our fears into trust. Help us to hold on, be strong, love faith and walk with Christ. In the name of the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit. Amen. 

Chris Gabel