Psalm 33 – Reasons to praise the Lord.
1. Rejoice in the LORD, O you righteous, for praise is proper for those who are honest and just.
2. Praise the LORD with the harp: sing to him with the psaltery, and an instrument of ten strings.
3. Sing unto him a new song; play with skill with a loud noise.
4. For the word of the LORD is right; and all his works are done in truth.
5. He loves righteousness and judgment: the earth is full of the goodness of the LORD.
6. By the word of the LORD the heavens were made; and everything in them by the breath of his mouth.
7. He gathers the waters of the sea all together: and he makes the depth of them.
8. Let all the earth fear the LORD: let everyone who lives in the world stand in awe of him.
9. For he spoke, and it was done. He commanded and it stood in place.
10. The LORD brings the plans of those who do not believe in him to nothing: he makes the plans of those people come to nothing.
11. The instruction of the LORD stands for ever, the thoughts of his heart to all generations.
12. Blessed is the nation whose God is the LORD; and the people who he has chosen for his own inheritance.
13. The LORD looks from heaven; he sees all the sons of men.
14. From the place where he lives he looks on everyone who lives on the earth.
15. He forms their hearts, he examines all the things that they do.
16. There is no king that is saved by great numbers: a mighty man is not delivered by much strength.
17. A horse is a worthless thing for safety: and he will not deliver any by his great strength.
18. Look, the eye of the LORD is on them that fear him, upon them that hope in his mercy.
19. To deliver their soul from death, and to keep them alive when there is no food.
20. Our soul waits for the LORD, he is our help and our shield.
21. For our heart shall rejoice in him, because we have trusted in his holy name.
22. Let your mercy, O LORD, be upon us, even while we hope in you.
In this Psalm, we are taught that we who trust in the Lord and are following him, should rejoice in Him. We should praise him with music, and with songs, sung boldly and to the best of our ability. I believe that even if we haven’t been blessed with a great singing voice, we should still joyfully sing songs to the Lord because we love him. And if he has given us talent and opportunity to learn a musical instrument, we should play it to bring glory to His name.
We learn that the word of God – the Holy Bible, is right. All his works, the creation and everything in it, is done in truth. All the earth is full of His goodness. By His word the heavens and the earth were made. Everyone in the earth should fear Him and be in awe of him. As we said before in another psalm, this means not frightened as being scared by something, but a great respect, knowing that the Lord is all-powerful, and over all.
This psalm tells us that the LORD is in control of the people who do not believe in him, he brings their plans to nothing. His instructions stand for ever, and for all the people who have lived, or who will live. The nation is blessed whose God is the LORD, and so are the people who he has chosen.
The LORD looks from heaven on everyone in the earth, he sees everything they do. He knows that no one is saved by their own strength. His eye is on those that fear him and upon those that hope in his mercy to deliver them from death, and to keep them alive when there is no food.
We who trust in the LORD wait for him, he is our help and our protector. Our hearts will rejoice in him because we have trusted in his holy name.
And finally, the psalmist prays for the LORD to let his mercy be upon us, even as we hope in him.