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FRAMEWORKS: Psalm 33: Extolling God, Creator, Lord, & Deliverer


[Preliminary 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.]


Part 1: v.1-11: The Greatness of God that deserves to be Praised


v.1-3 Calls to praise God in songs and with music


v.1  Sing joyfully to the Lord , you righteous;
     it is fitting for the upright to praise him.
v.2   Praise the Lord with the harp;
     make music to him on the ten-stringed lyre.
v.3   Sing to him a new song;
     play skillfully, and shout for joy.


v.4,5 (Implied continuous) His words, His actions & His character are worthy of praise


v.4  For the word of the Lord is right and true;
     he is faithful in all he does.
v.5  The Lord loves righteousness and justice;
     the earth is full of his unfailing love.


v.6-9 He is the Creator of all of creation


v.6  By the word of the Lord the heavens were made,
     their starry host by the breath of his mouth.
v.7  He gathers the waters of the sea into jars;
     he puts the deep into storehouses.
v.8  Let all the earth fear the Lord;
     let all the people of the world revere him.
v.9  For he spoke, and it came to be;
     he commanded, and it stood firm.


v.10,11 He acts into the affairs of mankind to express His will


v.10  The Lord foils the plans of the nations;
     he thwarts the purposes of the peoples.
v.11  But the plans of the Lord stand firm forever,
     the purposes of his heart through all generations.





v.12 So Israel is blessed to be His people

v.12  Blessed is the nation whose God is the Lord,
     the people he chose for his inheritance.

Part 2: v.13-22: God who intervenes on earth on behalf of His people


v.13-15 He sees all that takes place on the earth


v.13  From heaven the Lord looks down
     and sees all mankind;
v.14  from his dwelling place he watches
     all who live on earth—
v.15  he who forms the hearts of all,
     who considers everything they do.


v.16,17 Humans unwisely trust in their own strength


v.16  No king is saved by the size of his army;
     no warrior escapes by his great strength.
v.17  A horse is a vain hope for deliverance;
     despite all its great strength it cannot save.

v.18,19 But those who honour Him know His deliverance


v.18  But the eyes of the Lord are on those who fear him,
     on those whose hope is in his unfailing love,
v.19  to deliver them from death
     and keep them alive in famine.


v.20-22 Thus we the people of God wait on Him and trust in Him


v.20  We wait in hope for the Lord;
     he is our help and our shield.
v.21  In him our hearts rejoice,
     for we trust in his holy name.
v.22  May your unfailing love be with us, Lord,
     even as we put our hope in you.



[Additional 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.]



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