Psalms 33: God is Bigger than Santa Claus

Psalms 33: God is Bigger than Santa Claus


At Christmas time, we sing this silly song to kids about being good when “Santa Claus is coming to town.” Almost everyone knows the lyrics, but I’ll say them anyway.


“Ya better watch out, ya better not cry,

Ya better not pout, I’m tellin’ you why.

Santa Claus is coming to town.


He’s makin’ a list, he’s checking it twice.

He’s gonna find out who’s naughty or nice.

Santa Claus is coming to town.


He sees you when you’re sleeping, he know when you’re awake.

He knows if you’ve been bad or good, so be good for goodness sake.”


All the kids get scared to think if Santa knew what they were really doing, they’d get coal in their stocking for Christmas. Folks, God is bigger than Santa Claus, and the consequences of a bad life are much, much scarier than coal in your stocking.


Psalm 33 looks at the righteousness of God, and who he is. It tells us that He needs to be “reckoned” with much more than the imaginary Christmas elf. Verses 1-5 tell us what we should be doing with and for God. We should give thanks. Sing songs that honor Him, and his works. Respect His righteousness, justice, faithfulness, and love.


Verses 6-11 tell us why. He is the Almighty God, who created the Earth, and all things in it. Nothing on Earth can defeat Him or control Him. It is only by His grace that we live, move, and have our being. His word and plan stands forever, and forever is a really long time.


Verses 12-15 tell us why as a nation we should respect Him. “He knows when we are sleeping, He knows when we are awake, He knows when we’ve been bad or good…”and he’ll be rewarding, or punishing us based on our choices. Verses 16-17 tell us there is no way we can defeat Him. All are subject to His rule.


Verses 18-22 tell us how to avoid God’s wrath! It says that if we acknowledge Him as God, and if we are humble before Him, He will lift us up and protect us. Far from just keeping the coal out of our Christmas stockings, loving God will give us eternal life. What a hope! What a God!


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