Psalm 33: Extolling God, Creator, Lord, & Deliverer
Comments: An unnamed psalm that calls to God's people
[v.1,12,18-22] to praise the Lord in song [corporately with music].
Why? Because he is righteous, faithful & just [v.4,5], the
One who created this world [v.6-9], and who acts into it [v.10,11],
and blesses His people [v.12] as he watches over mankind [v.13-15].
Whereas godless man unsuccessfully and vainly relies in his own
strength [v.16-17] the people of the Lord can simply trust in
His love [v.18,19]. Thus the people of God can rest in peace,
waiting on Him and trusting in His love [v.20-22]. A psalm of
confidence and praise by God's people.]
1: v.1-11: The Greatness of God that deserves to be Praised
Calls to praise God in songs and with music
to the Lord
, you righteous;
it is fitting for the upright to praise
Praise the Lord
with the harp;
make music to him on
the ten-stringed lyre.
Sing to him a new song;
play skillfully, and
shout for joy.
(Implied continuous) His words, His actions & His character
are worthy of praise
the word of the Lord
is right and
he is faithful in all he does.
loves righteousness and justice;
the earth is full of his unfailing love.
He is the Creator of all of creation
the word of the Lord
their starry host by the breath of his
gathers the waters of the sea into jars;
he puts the deep into storehouses.
all the earth fear the Lord
let all the people of the world revere
he spoke, and it came to be;
he commanded, and it stood firm.
He acts into the affairs of mankind to express His will
foils the plans of the nations;
he thwarts the purposes of the peoples.
the plans of the Lord
the purposes of his heart through all
So Israel is blessed to be His people
is the nation whose God is the Lord
the people he chose for his inheritance.
2: v.13-22: God who intervenes on earth on behalf of His people
He sees all that takes place on the earth
heaven the Lord
and sees all mankind;
his dwelling place he watches
all who live on earth—
who forms the hearts of all,
who considers everything they do.
Humans unwisely trust in their own strength
king is saved by the size of his army;
no warrior escapes by his great strength.
horse is a vain hope for deliverance;
despite all its great strength it cannot
But those who honour Him know His deliverance
the eyes of the Lord
are on those
who fear him,
on those whose hope is in his unfailing
deliver them from death
and keep them alive in famine.
Thus we the people of God wait on Him and trust in Him
wait in hope for the Lord
he is our help and our shield.
him our hearts rejoice,
for we trust in his
your unfailing love be with us, Lord
even as we put our hope in you.
Thoughts: A straight forward psalm of great assurance
that is based on what has been revealed of the Lord. After a call
to praise Him for who He is and what He has done [v.1-11], verses
10 & 11 are worked out in verses 13 to 22 for the benefit
of His people.]
to Psa 34