5. He’s going to be their shield – their protective covering in the time of battle. And so, we’d expect Psalm 33 to start with a call to praise – which, as I’ve said, is exactly what we have in verses 1-3. So, with the confession of the fact that physical strength – and much of it – cannot protect a man or a nation – now, God’s vision and ability to see come into play once more. Worshipers recited Psalms 113-114 at the beginning of the service and Psalms … The Lord must have a full octave, for all notes are his, and all music belongs to him. Rejoice in the LORD, O ye righteous: for praise is comely for the upright. Psalm 35 is a lament psalm where David is working through a problem in his life with God’s help. God understands the doings of the sons of men. He’s no less omniscient when it comes to us as it did for Israel. A bright design and Psalm 33:1 adorn the cover of this journal that is perfect for quiet times, sermon message notes, and so much more. There is even a text from Sirach 10:12-18, providing the preacher an opportunity to acquaint the congregation with … Continue reading "Commentary on Psalm 112" When saints wear their choral robes, they look fair in the Lord's sight. A psalm for David. His heart toward righteousness and justice leads him to fill the earth with his goodness. Psalms 33:1-5 KJV. Pop(ular) Song. People can’t live on an earth (which I assume is included in the host of the heavens) that has no place to exist in. August 29, 2014 Tom Lowe Title: From Everlasting Thou Art God A psalm of David. This lament psalm – like most lament psalms – has David working through dealing with his enemies. Here, the LORD shows His generosity and hospitality — even in the presence of the psalmist’s enemies. This document has been generated from XSL (Extensible Stylesheet Langua ge) source with RenderX XEP Formatter, version 3.7.3 Client Academic. That’s not our God. The mercy of God should ever be the foundation both of our hope and of our joy, in every thing wherein we have to do with him. Crooked hearts make crooked music, but the upright are the Lord's delight. Many of the Psalms cry to God for help and strength in the midst of difficulties but so many of these Psalms also proclaim a trust in God by recalling God’s righteousness and justice, by remembering the mercy and strength He displayed in former times and by rejoicing in the truth of God’s Word and the glories of His great majesty. So, here’s one reason to praise the Lord – it’s God’s word and works in verse 4. God does new works every day. It’s not to be viewed as a distraction to worshipping the Lord. And it’s the praise that the psalmist calls us to. And so, God’s faithful work of creation was initiated and executed by God’s right or upright word. "Sing unto him a new song." Required fields are marked *. The Gospel is the story about being asked to move up at a banquet; this is itself an expansion of the OT lesson, Proverbs 25:6-7. 21 For our heart shall rejoice in him,because we have trusted in his holy name. And so, with God’s creation and then redemption of Israel in view and the faithfulness and loyal covenant love that these things demonstrate – now the call to praise is expanded. Verbally rejoicing, in other words. As a help to singing the instrument is alone to be tolerated, for keys and strings do not praise the Lord. It’s as if he pictures the whole world and see God’s goodness – his loyal covenant love – overflowing it all. God’s acts according to his faithfulness to his people – to those who are righteous and upright. Verse 9. Heartiness should be conspicuous in divine worship. No one is excluded from his gaze, according to verses 13-14. Biblical Commentary (Bible study) Psalm 133 EXEGESIS: CONTEXT: At three verses, this is one of the shortest psalms in the psalter. Biblical Commentary (Bible study) Psalm 118 EXEGESIS: CONTEXT: This is a Hallel (praise) Psalm––one of six Egyptian Hallel Psalms that were recited during the Passover and other major Jewish festivals. The sweetest tunes and the sweetest voices, with the sweetest words, are all too little for the Lord our God; let us not offer him limping rhymes, set to harsh tunes, and growled out by discordant voices. The thing that the mighty man’s might could do in verse 16 – deliver him – the Lord alone is able to do – if he has his eye on you. But this psalm is declaring that the Lord can take care of people under those circumstances – protecting them from death by enemy attack and the lack of food that can accompany those times of turmoil. But not only is verbal rejoicing appropriate and fitting for the righteous… Musical instruments play their part as well – according to verse 2. All songs of praise should be "unto him." And that word appears two more times in this psalm alone. We do not need them, they would hinder than help our praise but if others are otherwise minded, are they not living in gospel liberty? And of course, there’s nothing new about God’s word for us – in a sense. Rejoicing--the soul of praise; the Lord--a wellspring of joy. No – God understands all the deeds of everyone. But before we get into that, I’ll just note that there is no author mentioned for this psalm. But has he not done anything for you recently? What is able to protect a strong person if not his own physical strength? Alright, the call to praise. Rejoice in the L ord, O you righteous. So, we see the verbal aspect and the instrumental aspect of our rejoicing in the Lord here. But no one can thwart God’s counsel – his verbal advice – his applying of his word to your situation in life. And so, this is where God’s praiseworthy faithfulness starts – creation. There’s no superscription. No – it’s that the Lord took the counsel of those smart people … and he thwarted it. So, let’s join the psalmist in praising the Lord today for all these reasons and more. Verses 1 – 3: The word "shout" also means "sing" in Hebrew. That word is found in each of the following phrases – “The multitude of an host,” “Much strength,” and “Great strength.”. Wonderful! They’re not anxious as they wait for protection in battle. Joy is the soul of praise. But for now in verses 16 and 17 he takes a brief pause to consider the futility of relying on earthly means to achieve safety and security in your life. It is wretched to hear God praised in a slovenly manner. Every Christian should endeavour to sing according to the rules of the art, so that he may keep time and tune with the congregation. First in verse 1 we see who exactly is being commanded to praise the Lord. Let us not present old worn-out praise, but put life, and soul, and heart, into every song, since we have new mercies every day, and see new beauties in the work and word of our Lord. Now, we’re not Israel. This is the sweetest and best of music. Then verses 6-12 develop the theme of God’s word as seen in His creation (vv. 5 In the morning I will stand before thee, and I will see: because thou art not a God that willest iniquity. sing for joy in the Lord – BDB 943, KB 1247, Piel IMPERATIVE (this same VERB ends Psalm 32) THE ARGUMENT This Psalm contains a celebration of God for his great and glorious works, both of creation and providence. "With a loud noise." The arguments to enforce the duty Ps 33:4-19. Psalm 33 is a call to lively and joyous praise to God for His glorious attributes and works, as displayed in creation, and His general and special providence, in view of which, the Psalmist, for all the pious, professes trust and joy and invokes God's mercy. This is a psalm of praise; it is probable that David was the penman of it, but we are not told so, because God would have us look above the penmen of sacred writ, to that blessed Spirit that moved and guided them. They’re not seeking other remedies – false gods, for example. John Trapp Complete Commentary. And if the army and his own physical strength fail him, then what else can protect a person beside a horse to carry him away from danger? And these two aspects are to be used in executing this new song. 5 He loveth righteousness and judgment: the earth is full of the goodness of the Lord. Rejoice in Jehovah, O ye righteous: Praise is comely for the upright. The word rejoice often takes on the nuance of singing joyfully or even shouting joyfully. Excellent. 4 The psalmist likely looks back at what God has done for His people, 5 (especially in the (first) Exodus) and trusts that God will continue to be God. The church orchestra is not something to despise. But for now, we’re brought back to the thought of praising God for his faithful works. Ver. 3. And how is that help going to be conveyed to them? Psalms 33:5 He loveth righteousness and judgment: the earth is full of the goodness of the LORD. That is, if you fear and confidently wait for his loyal covenant love. Not like mankind which can see and then understand only the deeds that are done while we’re watching. His commentary takes up 880 pages out of a total of 1245 (a little more than two-thirds of the whole). We’ll note the other two uses of it as we go along. The great desire he had that God might be praised. This Psalm is eucharistic: the contents are: 1. 10 The LORD bringeth the counsel of the heathen to nought:he maketh the devices of the people of none effect. The Expositor’s Bible Commentary Volume 5 (Psalms [Amazon Books]) by Willem A. VanGemeren. The psalmist takes three very mighty entities and declares that none of them is able to deliver anyone apart from the Lord’s help. 4 For the word of the LORD is right; and all his works are done in truth. They expectantly wait for his mercy – his chesed or his loyal covenant love. Psalm 30:5 “For his anger lasts only a moment, but his favor lasts a lifetime; weeping may stay for the night, but rejoicing comes in the morning.” Explanation and Commentary of Psalm 30:5. The Psalmist calls the God’s people to exuberant expressions of worship using verbs like; shout for joy, praise, give thanks, make melody, sing and play skillfully. 4 For to thee will I pray: O Lord, in the morning thou shalt hear my voice. Psalm 32 was a meditation on forgiven sins. Our faculties should be exercised when we are magnifying the Lord, so as not to run in an old groove without thought; we ought to make every hymn of praise a new song. That he is the redeemer of his people. Four things the psalmist expresses in these verses: I. Psalm 30 – Remembering the Greatness of God at a Great Event. This psalm has a unique title: A Psalm. This note is picked up on in Psalm 33, almost as if its first three verses were written as an elaboration of Psalm 32:11.” (Boice) ii. So, God looks on the people of this world. 1-3. 9 For he spake, and it was done;he commanded, and it stood fast. The LORD loves righteousness and justice; the earth is full of his unfailing love. For the word of the LORD is right and true; he is faithful in all he does. 12 Blessed is the nation whose God is the LORD;and the people whom he hath chosen for his own inheritance. And remember how God’s work was done in faithfulness in verse 4? Some label this as an “imprecatory psalm… 12. rebellious, Ps. Not only the psalmist – but now all of the people of Israel who hope in the Lord express the fact that they are waiting patiently for their God. So, what that first phrase is saying is that God forms everyone’s inner men. But just like we were told of how God favored his nation of Israel in verse 12 – now we’re told of God’s delivering gaze toward a certain group – those who fear him and confidently wait for his mercy to them. Your email address will not be published. Well-bred whispers are disreputable here. Here’s what the counsel of those nations is like and what God does with their counsel – verse 10. 2 Praise the LORD with harp:sing unto him with the psaltery and an instrument of ten strings. The righteous are exhorted to praise him, Psalms 33:1-3; because of the excellency of his character, Psalms 33:4-5; and his majesty in creation, Psalms 33:6-7. 4 For the word of the LORD is right;and all his works are done in truth. Now, we’ve been talking about God’s word in this psalm. We’ve experienced God’s redemption. An exhortation to praise God Ps 33:1-3. God chose Israel for his own inheritance especially when he made his covenant with them on Mount Sinai after taking them out of Egypt and through the Red Sea. Verses 1-3 feature the call to praise. 5. No instrument like the human voice. And he contrasts God’s counsel to the counsel of the Gentile nations in verses 10-11 – so many of which nations were enemies of Israel. If God has done any new work of grace in your heart – given you any new comfort – delivered you from any new danger – you better get yourself a new song! Praise is the dress of saints in heaven, it is meet that they should fit it on below. Psalm 31. What a good God we have. He parted the Red Sea when he took that nation out of Egypt. 16 There is no king saved by the multitude of an host:a mighty man is not delivered by much strength. 20 Our soul waiteth for the LORD:he is our help and our shield. This is the lesson to be gathered from the use of musical instruments under the old dispensation. And with hearts and voices and instruments tuned to sing God’s praise, we have the culmination of all of that in verse 3. But I think that’s not the case. That he is not an open violator of the law of God; that he is not intemperate; that he is not the victim of raging lusts and passions; that he is not a dishonest man; that he is not profane; that he is not an infidel or a scoffer; that he is a pious man - a redeemed man - a man of good character - an heir of heaven - is the highest blessing that could be conferred on him; and he who has been saved from outbreaking transgression and crime in a world like this, and has been enabled to live an upright life, has eminently occasion to praise and bless God. And, not only is the Lord able to look within a person – into their hearts – and to see and understand our innermost thoughts and motivations – but he’s also the one who alone knows all of our external deeds. Religious songs are proper expressions of thankful praise. And that nation was Israel – the nation to which he showed his covenant love and faithfulness, as we’ve seen already. Psalm 5 – A Morning Prayer. The inner man of all the believing Israelites – that God himself formed, as the psalmist has mentioned – would rejoice in the Lord when they experienced his protection and assistance. Open to Psalm 35 for this Psalm 35 commentary. And even though the nation of Israel was exceedingly blessed because God gave them his word – yet the Lord sees all. Praise the LORD with the harp; make music to him on the ten-stringed lyre. Commentary on Psalms - Volume 1 by John Calvin. See Psalm 50:16 119:7 Proverbs 28:9. for praise is comely for the upright; it becomes them; it is their duty; they are bound unto it by the mercies and favours they have received; should they not give praise to God, the stones of the wall would cry out, and rebuke them for their ingratitude: it is beautiful, and looks lovely in them; it is an ornament to them, and is, in the sight of God, of great esteem: it is very acceptable to him, and when grace is in exercise, and their hearts in tune, being sensibly touched and impressed with the goodness of God, it is desirable by them, and is pleasant and delightful to them. And I imagine that this is a reality that’s closely associated with war in those days. And who is able to deliver us from enemies – both seen and unseen – but the Lord our God? While Psalm 33 is a praise psalm about God’s protecting his people. Psalm 23 is likely the most well-known psalm 1 of the Psalter — and the most well-known passage in the Bible. 2. b. King David has been brought back from the brink of despair by God who has rescued him. Psalm 32 is a sequel to Psalm 51 where David expresses the joy of forgiveness. 2. And here’s what the Lord’s gaze can do for a person – which human strength cannot at all do ever. 3 Sing unto him a new song;play skilfully with a loud noise. Do most worshippers mind this? This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. And so, in verse 6 we’re lead to consider the fact that God created the heavens and all that’s in them by simply speaking. 12 For it is You who blesses the righteous man, O Lord, You surround him with favor as with a shield. Let’s open our Bibles to Psalm 33 for the following message: God Protects His People. The God of justice cares for refugees. 13 The LORD looketh from heaven;he beholdeth all the sons of men. So, the psalmist includes all the believing community with the phrase our. 6-9) and in His counsel (vv. The Lord is praised for his works of creation, Psalm 33:1-9; and for the stability of his own counsels, Psalm 33:10, Psalm 33:11.The blessedness of the people who have the knowledge of the true God, his grace, and providence, Psalm 33:12-15.The vanity of all earthly dependence, Psalm 33:16, Psalm 33:17.The happiness of them that fear God, and trust in his mercy, Psalm 33:18-22. We could assume David – but we might be wrong. Sing joyfully to the LORD, you righteous; it is fitting for the upright to praise him. But it’s especially fixed on those who fear him. So, to the extent that the believers confidently expect the Lord to come through for them – that’s the extent to which the psalmist asks that the Lord’s chesed / loyal covenant love would be upon them. Learn how your comment data is processed. The word considereth is translated most of the time as understand. A call to lively and joyous praise to God for His glorious attributes and works, as displayed in creation, and His general and special providence, in view of which, the Psalmist, for all the pious, professes trust and joy and invokes God's mercy. KJV Psalm 33:1 Rejoice in the LORD, O ye righteous:for praise is comely for the upright. He can’t enter into covenant with beings he never created. 1-3). And that’s a pretty rare thing in the first 40 psalms. 11 The counsel of the LORD standeth for ever,the thoughts of his heart to all generations. Rejoice in the Lord; let his excellency discovered in his works be the matter of your joy and praise. "O ye righteous." VanGemeren with his experience and expertise provides a commentary that explains each psalm, provides a brief outline of each psalm, includes technical footnotes and notes textual variants and interpretive issues. He did not think he did it so well himself, but that he wished others also might be employed in this work; the more the better, in this concert: it is the more like heaven. God is to be praised by reason of his goodness, Psalm 33:1-5; of his power, Psalm 33:6-11; and of his providence, Psalm 33:12-15. 5-10) appear in the lection for this Sunday. And, the psalmist is going to return to the concept of the Lord seeing certain people in verse 18. We also have the Lord’s counsel in his word. Because, who would know the inner person of each individual better than the one who created that inner person in each individual? Praise the L ord with the lyre; make melody to him with the harp of ten strings. For the word of the L ord is upright, The psalmist now turns to speak of God’s word applied. 33:1-5 The first three verses set the mood of the Psalm in praise to God (i.e., five parallel IMPERATIVES). that is, probat probanda, et damnat damnanda. The word translated sea and heap are found together in Exodus 15:8 where the song of Moses is rehearsing God’s dividing the Red Sea so that Israel could go through on dry ground. He loves lovely things – righteousness and justice. And that he provides infallible counsel and delivers them from their fearful enemies. 33:1-5 The first three verses set the mood of the Psalm in praise to God (i.e., five parallel IMPERATIVES). Yes, the Lord does see every single individual he’s created. We who do not believe these things to be expedient in worship, lest they should mar its simplicity, do not affirm them to be unlawful, and if any George Herbert or Martin Luther can worship God better by the aid of well-tuned instruments, who shall gainsay their right? We have it in its fullness now in our Bibles. Psalm 33 is a praise psalm. 2. Assuredly for such a man praise is an appropriate employment, for such a man it is "comely.". They’re three different words communicating the same concept – protection from enemies. The word fashioneth is translated elsewhere as form or even make. Psalm 117, with two verses, is the only shorter psalm. What Psalm 33 means. This is peculiarly your duty, your obligations are greater, and your spiritual nature more adapted to the work, be ye then first in the glad service. And the Lord can see every individual in such a personal manner because – according to verse 15 – he created them all and knows in detail what each of us does. 14 From the place of his habitation he looketh upon all the inhabitants of the earth. Thankful praise is the breath and language of holy joy. Or maybe it would have been used generically after any battle in which the Lord saw fit to give the Israelites victory over their enemies – whom they alone were not able to defeat – apart from the Lord – who created them, and made a covenant with them, and is alone able to thwart the counsel of the warring nations and give them protection and victory. And with their confidence in the Lord expressed, the psalmist leads the believers in making one last request of the Lord in verse 22. 6 of those 7 times occur in the Psalms and this is the first psalm that features those words. And so, in verses 6-9 we’re directed to praise the Lord for one of his works in particular – the fact that he created the world in which we live. Holy joy ... Commentary on Psalms 32 ← Prior Chapter. Having passed beyond stern integrity into open handed benevolence he looks kindly upon all around him, and finding himself in circumstances which enable … God wants to forgive sinners. Having instruments accompanying our verbal rejoicing in the Lord is appropriate – actually, it’s commanded in this psalm. That’s why God created the heavens. Verses 4-19 give reasons as to why we should praise the Lord. So, here the mode of rejoicing that the psalmist suggests is the harp, the psaltery, and an instrument of ten strings. --Adam Clarke. And those thoughts that reside only in the Lord’s heart – he sees fit to communicate to humans. To keep up the freshness of worship is a great thing, and in private it is indispensable. … Well, the psalmist gives us numerous reasons in verses 4-19. We have also been redeemed by the Lord – not through an exodus from Egypt and crossing the Red Sea – but through a sort of exodus from this world and it’s values and sin and condemnation. Verse 9 – God spoke. God saved you 15 years ago? 5:10 NASB (UPDATED) TEXT: PSALM 5:11-12 11 But let all who take refuge in You be glad, Let them ever sing for joy; And may You shelter them, That those who love Your name may exult in You. It happens when he forgives them. In other words – musical instruments have their place in the righteous verbally rejoicing in the Lord. Verse 1. Whole Psalm. 10-12). And what do they expect from him when he does act? So, God demonstrates his faithful loyal covenant love through creation. And when they find him to be their source help and their protective shield, verse 21 will be their response. And then the psalmist transitions from God’s word and works to his character in verse 5. Israel was at school, and used childish things to help her to learn; but in these days, when Jesus gives us spiritual manhood, we can make melody without strings and pipes. 1. 3. The word alike is also translated as together. Since the context is critical, the comments here will include vv. No – they’re waiting for the Lord to act. PSALM 33 * Praise of God’s Power and Providence I. We’re not a theocratic nation under the Mosaic law and promised blessings or curses based on our performance of it. And they that fear him shall find mercy and rejoice in him, Psalm 33:16-22. "For praise is comely for the upright." 2 Praise the Lord with harp: sing unto him with the psaltery and an instrument of ten strings. With flutes. He deserves the best that we have. 5 He loveth righteousness and judgment:the earth is full of the goodness of the LORD. So, the righteous and the upright are commanded to rejoice in and praise the Lord. Psalms by Gerald H. Wilson Commentary on Psalm 5:7-12 (Read Psalm 5:7-12) David prayed often alone, yet was very constant in attendance on public worship. A Psalm of David.The title of the psalm indicates that it was directed toward the Chief Musician, whom some suppose to be the Lord GOD Himself, and others suppose to be a leader of choirs or musicians in David’s time, such as Heman the singer or Asaph (1 Chronicles 6:33, 16:5-7, and 25:6). The Lord might favor his nation of Israel above the rest, but that doesn’t mean that God doesn’t take notice of every person in his creation. You sang praises to him then? Why are you not singing like you used to? 18 Behold, the eye of the LORD is upon them that fear him,upon them that hope in his mercy; God’s eye sees all. The emphasis seems to be on making a song that corresponds with something new that God had done in the psalmist’ life. 5 He loves righteousness and justice; The earth is full of the lovingkindness of the Lord. Verse 18. With his breath he created the heavenly bodies. 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