Matthew Henry's Concise Commentary 33:1-11 Holy joy is the heart and soul of praise, and that is here pressed upon the righteous. God can’t show his faithful loyal love to a people that he never created. We have it in its fullness now in our Bibles. And these two aspects are to be used in executing this new song. For the word of the LORD is right and true; he is faithful in all he does. The LORD loves righteousness and justice; the earth is full of his unfailing love. It is certainly the most helpful commentary on the Psalms that I … 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. 14 From the place of his habitation he looketh upon all the inhabitants of the earth. Matthew Henry's Concise Commentary 33:1-11 Holy joy is the heart and soul of praise, and that is here pressed upon the righteous. 5 He loveth righteousness and judgment:the earth is full of the goodness of the LORD. He’s going to be their shield – their protective covering in the time of battle. That’s God’s loyal covenant love to his people. Only God can make people righteous. With his word, God would advise or… counsel you. 3. As a help to singing the instrument is alone to be tolerated, for keys and strings do not praise the Lord. Psalm 5 – A Morning Prayer. 1 Rejoice, you righteous, in the LORD; praise from the upright is fitting. Ver. Both involving his word – his verbal communication. This essential affirmation about God’s character emerges over the course of the entire psalm, only portions of which (vv. And that nation was Israel – the nation to which he showed his covenant love and faithfulness, as we’ve seen already. 7 He gathereth the waters of the sea together as an heap:he layeth up the depth in storehouses. A harp suits a blood-washed hand. 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? A man who is upright, or who is a righteous man, has in this very fact much which lays a foundation for praise, for the fact that he has such a character is to be traced to the grace of God, and this in itself is a more valuable possession than gold or kingly crowns would he. 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. 3 Sing to him a new song; skillfully play with joyful chant. And he understands all of our deeds. The land is under siege – and often the food supply would be negatively affected. Certain humans. 3. That’s why God created the heavens. No – God understands all the deeds of everyone. In other words – musical instruments have their place in the righteous verbally rejoicing in the Lord. A good man sheweth favour, and lendeth. And he commanded. Your email address will not be published. Psalm 33:1-3 ESV. He didn’t – at this time in history – communicate those thoughts to the nations whose counsel he was thwarting. His heart toward righteousness and justice leads him to fill the earth with his goodness. This lament psalm – like most lament psalms – has David working through dealing with his enemies. Psa 33:1-11. The sentiment falls in with Ps 32:11 (compare 1Co 14:15). Praise is not comely from unpardoned professional stagers; it is like a jewel of gold in a swine's snout. Psalm 31. ... Psa 33:1-11. Verse 18. But before we get into that, I’ll just note that there is no author mentioned for this psalm. 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. This Psalm is eucharistic: the contents are: 1. And here’s what the Lord’s gaze can do for a person – which human strength cannot at all do ever. Rejoice in Jehovah, O ye righteous: Praise is comely for the upright. Rejoice in the L ord, O you righteous. And who would be able – humanly-speaking – to protect a king but his army? Psalm 23 is likely the most well-known psalm 1 of the Psalter — and the most well-known passage in the Bible. Since the context is critical, the comments here will include vv. Men shout at the sight of their kings: shall we offer no loud hosannahs to the Son of David? Let’s open our Bibles to Psalm 33 for the following message: God Protects His People. And so, this is where God’s praiseworthy faithfulness starts – creation. 12 Blessed is the nation whose God is the LORD;and the people whom he hath chosen for his own inheritance. But has he not done anything for you recently? Verse 19. 2. According to verse 11 – in contrast to the counsel of the nations which God brings to nothing…. 5 He loveth righteousness and judgment: the earth is full of the goodness of the Lord. 9 For he spake, and it was done;he commanded, and it stood fast. King David has been brought back from the brink of despair by God who has rescued him. The psalmist now turns to speak of God’s word applied. Some new action he took – some new mercy he showed – some new deliverance he wrought. They’re not anxious as they wait for protection in battle. (a) It is the duty of the godly to set forth the praises of God for his mercy and power showed to them. Verses 1-3 feature the call to praise. He who would have a double heaven must begin below to rejoice like those above. 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. Thankful praise is the breath and language of holy joy. And he did these works by his word – remember that those two concepts were mentioned in verse 4. And that’s a pretty rare thing in the first 40 psalms. Verse 6 – By his word the heavens were made. So, it’s not as though those nations at the time this psalm was written were devoid of any smart people. Now, it’s these two verses that make me start wondering if this psalm was written to praise the Lord for deliverance in a certain battle. Whole Psalm. So, let’s join the psalmist in praising the Lord today for all these reasons and more. Alright, the call to praise. Here’s what the counsel of those nations is like and what God does with their counsel – verse 10. THE ARGUMENT This Psalm contains a celebration of God for his great and glorious works, both of creation and providence. Now, we’ve been talking about God’s word in this psalm. And who is able to deliver us from enemies – both seen and unseen – but the Lord our God? 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. The LORD loves righteousness and justice; the earth is full of his unfailing love. 33:1-5 The first three verses set the mood of the Psalm in praise to God (i.e., five parallel IMPERATIVES). It is probable that David penned this psalm when he was persecuted by Saul; some passages in it agree particularly to the narrow escapes he had, at Keilah (1 Sa. Psalms 33:1-5 KJV. They’re not seeking other remedies – false gods, for example. Forerunner Commentary Jamieson, Fausset, and Brown John Wesley's Notes Matthew Henry People's Commentary (NT) Robertson's Word Pictures (NT) Scofield: Definitions: Interlinear: Library: Topical Studies: X-References: Commentaries: No entry exists in Forerunner Commentary for Psalms 33:1. 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 psalmist returns to that thought here at the end of verse 5. 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. Holy joy ... Commentary on Psalms 32 ← Prior Chapter. Assuredly for such a man praise is an appropriate employment, for such a man it is "comely.". So, God demonstrates his faithful loyal covenant love through creation. # goodness: or, mercy 6 By the word of the Lord were the heavens made; … Psalm 33. Verse 9. This is the lesson to be gathered from the use of musical instruments under the old dispensation. 1-4 and 11-12.1 The structure of Psalm 36 The psalm … Continue reading "Commentary on Psalm 36:5-10" His commentary takes up 880 pages out of a total of 1245 (a little more than two-thirds of the whole). We also have the Lord’s counsel in his word. Ellicott's Commentary for English Readers, Keil and Delitzsch Biblical Commentary on the Old Testament. And now – based on God’s words and works – his creation and redemption of his people – his infallible counsel – his omniscience – and his ability to protect when physical strength fails – based on all of these reasons to praise the Lord, the psalmist expresses confidence in God and a final praise to the Lord in verses 20-22 to end the psalm. 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. And so, God’s faithful work of creation was initiated and executed by God’s right or upright word. The central mass (Psalms 33:4-19) falls into two divisions, (1) praise for the creative power of God as Creator of all things, and (2) His creative power with reference to salvation. Joy is the soul of praise. He loves lovely things – righteousness and justice. 6-9) and in His counsel (vv. KJV Psalm 33:1 Rejoice in the LORD, O ye righteous:for praise is comely for the upright. Psalms 131, 133 and 134 each have three verses. "With the psaltery and an instrument of ten strings." Then verses 6-12 develop the theme of God’s word as seen in His creation (vv. Why should the whole world stand in awe of and fear and reverence the Lord? Psalm 32 was a meditation on forgiven sins. Instead of just the righteous and upright being commanded to praise the Lord, now in verse 8 the earth and all the inhabitants of the world are to fear and stand in awe of this all-powerful sovereign Lord in verse 8. 5. He deserves the best that we have. So, again, we see this praise and remembrance of God’s covenant with his people Israel. Commentary on Psalm 33:1-11 (Read Psalm 33:1-11) Holy joy is the heart and soul of praise, and that is here pressed upon the righteous. PSALM 33 * Praise of God’s Power and Providence I. Worshipers recited Psalms 113-114 at the beginning of the service and Psalms … 5 He loves righteousness and justice; The earth is full of the lovingkindness of the Lord. So, the righteous and the upright are commanded to rejoice in and praise the Lord. God has an eye to things which are becoming. 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 word considereth is translated most of the time as understand. 125 lined pages. To delight ourselves in God is most truly to extol him, even if we let no notes of song proceed from our lips. 20 Our soul waiteth for the LORD:he is our help and our shield. There are three different English words in these two verses that are the same Hebrew word. Having instruments accompanying our verbal rejoicing in the Lord is appropriate – actually, it’s commanded in this psalm. That is, if you fear and confidently wait for his loyal covenant love. And when they find him to be their source help and their protective shield, verse 21 will be their response. You sang praises to him then? We’ve experienced God’s redemption. 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. Now, the word right is actually the same word as we saw in verse 1 as upright. Your email address will not be published. There’s no superscription. Crooked hearts make crooked music, but the upright are the Lord's delight. sing for joy in the Lord – BDB 943, KB 1247, Piel IMPERATIVE (this same VERB ends Psalm 32) And I think we’ll see evidence of God’s doing a new work in his people in those days – which causes them to turn around and sign a new song – a song corresponding to some new thing God had done to them. 2 Praise the Lord with harp: sing unto him with the psaltery and an instrument of ten strings. And the Hebrew word behind those three English words is usually translated as much or many. There aren’t some whose hearts God has not created. His people are proclaimed blessed, Psalms 33:12. The psalmist sings confidently of God’s presence and protection in hostile circumstances (Ps 23:4) and from hostile people (Ps 23:5). The word rejoice often takes on the nuance of singing joyfully or even shouting joyfully. And remember how God’s work was done in faithfulness in verse 4? 4 For to thee will I pray: O Lord, in the morning thou shalt hear my voice. That God is, and that he is such a God, and our God, ours for ever and ever, should wake within us an unceasing and overflowing joy. It’s just what we’ve considered so far – he created the world in which we live with a word – and then he brought Israel through the Red Sea! How can he do otherwise than right, whose nature is such that he loveth righteousness and judgment? This is the sweetest and best of music. 12 For it is You who blesses the righteous man, O Lord, You surround him with favor as with a shield. 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. Sing joyfully to the LORD, you righteous; it is fitting for the upright to praise him. 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. So, the psalmist includes all the believing community with the phrase our. But I just want to say that we aren’t told who the psalmist is behind this psalm. They expect him to be a help and a shield. 15 He fashioneth their hearts alike;he considereth all their works. 21 For our heart shall rejoice in him,because we have trusted in his holy name. Verse 1. He loveth righteousness and judgment] q.d. And with hearts and voices and instruments tuned to sing God’s praise, we have the culmination of all of that in verse 3. Open to Psalm 35 for this Psalm 35 commentary. Religious songs are proper expressions of thankful praise. 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. Now, we’re not Israel. that is, probat probanda, et damnat damnanda. 2. 10 The LORD bringeth the counsel of the heathen to nought:he maketh the devices of the people of none effect. Verses 1 – 3: The word "shout" also means "sing" in Hebrew. That’s not our God. This psalm is titled To the Chief Musician. What are those people like? Praise is the dress of saints in heaven, it is meet that they should fit it on below. For praise is comely for the upright - Is befitting, suitable, proper. a. Commentary on Psalm 5:7-12 (Read Psalm 5:7-12) David prayed often alone, yet was very constant in attendance on public worship. And that word appears two more times in this psalm alone. And then verses 20-22 form the concluding praise. 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. Heartiness should be conspicuous in divine worship. Rejoice in the LORD, O ye righteous: for praise is comely for the upright. It is not that the Lord cannot hear us, but that it is natural for great exultation to express itself in the loudest manner. He has perfect knowledge of us because he alone created our inner beings and knows everything we’ve ever done. But not only is verbal rejoicing appropriate and fitting for the righteous… Musical instruments play their part as well – according to verse 2. And even though the nation of Israel was exceedingly blessed because God gave them his word – yet the Lord sees all. "For praise is comely for the upright." The instruments (Ps 92:3; 144:9) do not exclude the voice. So, we see the verbal aspect and the instrumental aspect of our rejoicing in the Lord here. We could assume David – but we might be wrong. This psalm has a unique title: A Psalm. When saints wear their choral robes, they look fair in the Lord's sight. Praise the L ord with the lyre; make melody to him with the harp of ten strings. And this verbal rejoicing is not something that the righteous should be ashamed of. Some label this as an “imprecatory psalm… 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. God saved you 15 years ago? The lectionary readings for this Sunday offer a variety of preachable texts. Psalm 32 is a sequel to Psalm 51 where David expresses the joy of forgiveness. The phrase new song appears 7 times in the Old Testament. Religious songs are proper expressions of thankful praise. 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. Every endowment we possess, should be employed with all our skill and earnestness in God's service. Why are you not singing like you used to? Sing to him a new song; play skillfully on the strings, with loud shouts. 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 great desire he had that God might be praised. No – it’s that the Lord took the counsel of those smart people … and he thwarted it. 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. Psalm 117, with two verses, is the only shorter psalm. 3 Sing unto him a new song;play skilfully with a loud noise. Then, the psalmist gives the reason to praise God (vv. God does new works every day. That word goodness is – as you can probably guess – the Hebrew word chesed. 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. Loud shouts of joy accompanied by musical instruments are appropriate expressions of praise unto God. He parted the Red Sea when he took that nation out of Egypt. We shall also observe subdivisions of these two parts. It may be significant that those three are 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. Whoever it is, it’s ultimately the Lord inspiring whatever author wrote the psalm and it’s to be for our benefit. 5 y Into your hand I commit my spirit; you have redeemed me, O L ord, z faithful God. 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. Commentary on Psalms - Volume 1 by John Calvin. Psalm 33 Commentary God’s Word and Works So, here’s one reason to praise the Lord – it’s God’s word and works in verse 4. 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. They’ve trusted what the psalmist has been rehearsing through this psalm – that God is the supreme and all-powerful creator. And I imagine that this is a reality that’s closely associated with war in those days. The emphasis seems to be on making a song that corresponds with something new that God had done in the psalmist’ life. 4. And how is that help going to be conveyed to them? Psalm 33 The Greatness and Goodness of God. We’ll note the other two uses of it as we go along. We’re not a theocratic nation under the Mosaic law and promised blessings or curses based on our performance of it. Introduction. So, God looks on the people of this world. Can you imagine if the universe were run by a being who loved wickedness and fraud? Even the righteous are not always glad, and have need to be stirred up to enjoy their privileges. The psalm begins with an exuberant call to praise God in song and with musical instruments (vv. 4-5), because of His word and His work. This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. 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. The word alike is also translated as together. For the word of the LORD is right and true; he is faithful in all he does. A Psalm … Required fields are marked *. Wonderful! So, I think the idea can be – don’t rest on your laurels. Psalms by Gerald H. Wilson So, here’s one reason to praise the Lord – it’s God’s word and works in verse 4. God’s word is morally upright – and that’s how he expects his people to live. 11 The counsel of the LORD standeth for ever,the thoughts of his heart to all generations. Verbally rejoicing, in other words. This kind of praise is fitting for you upright people. John Trapp Complete Commentary. b. So, pile on the human and physical strength … and you’re still not going to be delivered. Not just them. 13 The LORD looketh from heaven;he beholdeth all the sons of men. Praise the LORD with the harp; make music to him on the ten-stringed lyre. Ps 33:1-22. Biblical Commentary (Bible study) Psalm 133 EXEGESIS: CONTEXT: At three verses, this is one of the shortest psalms in the psalter. All songs of praise should be "unto him." 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 can you think of a Bible word that describes God applying his word to your situation in life? 17 An horse is a vain thing for safety:neither shall he deliver any by his great strength. No instrument like the human voice. Psalm 33 is a praise psalm. And of course, there’s nothing new about God’s word for us – in a sense. – false gods, for all notes are his, and that nation of... 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