His praise of His governmental dealings (Psalms 33:10-17) 4. The arguments to enforce the duty Ps 33:4-19. "Play skillfully." THE ARGUMENT This Psalm contains a celebration of God for his great and glorious works, both of creation and providence. Psalms 33:1-11 The Sovereignty of The LORD in Creation. “His word and His work are inseparable, for His words are never empty.” (Kidner) ii. The most simple appearances in nature are sufficient to lead us to this principle. The godly are only fit to be choristers in God's praise; it is called, "the garment of praise." Article Images Copyright © 2021 Getty Images unless otherwise indicated. Psalms 30:1-12 The Blessing of Answered Prayer. The Lord is Good! Sing joyfully to the LORD, you righteous; it is fitting for the upright to praise him. Samuel Horsley. Please enter your email address associated with your Salem All-Pass account, then click Continue. Either my will is self efficient, or there is some other being whose will is self efficient. All rights reserved. Our prophet solves the important question by one single principle; and, what is more remarkable, this principle, which is nobly expressed, carries the clearest evidence with it. To keep up the freshness of worship is a great thing, and in private it is indispensable. Verse 1. Joy is the soul of praise. Isaiah 61:3 . Praise in the mouth of a sinner is like an oracle in the mouth of a fool: how uncomely is it for him to praise God, whose whole life is a dishonouring of God? Praise is comely for the upright. However, he establishes principles, the most proper to give us sublime ideas of the Creator; and he speaks with more precision of the works and attributes of God than the greatest philosophers have spoken of them. 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. Proud member 33:1-11 Holy joy is the heart and soul of praise, and that is here pressed upon the righteous. 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. They are all included in these words: "Blessed is the nation whose God is the Lord; and the people whom he hath chosen for his own inheritance," Psalms 33:12 . Psalm 33 Commentary Men’s Inability to Deliver. Verse 1. "Sing unto him a new song." This is the doctrine of providence. Assuredly for such a man praise is an appropriate employment, for such a man it is "comely.". Crooked hearts make crooked music, but the upright are the Lord's delight. John Trapp Complete Commentary. Men shout at the sight of their kings: shall we offer no loud hosannahs to the Son of David? 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. The psalm tells us that The LORD loves righteousness and justice; the earth is full of his unfailing love. Whole Psalm This Psalm is eucharistic: the contents are: --. The Hebrew verb, according to the etymologists, originally means to dance for joy, and is therefore a very strong expression for the liveliest exultation. Sing to him a new song; play skillfully on the strings, with loud shouts. Praise the LORD with the harp; make music to him on the ten-stringed lyre. Verse 1. "The Lord looketh from heaven; he considereth all the works of all the inhabitants of the earth," Psalms 33:13-14 . Ps 33:1-22. What? Verse 1. It is as indecent for a wicked man to praise God, who goes on in sinful practices, as it is for an usurer to talk of living by faith, or for the devil to quote Scripture. Even the righteous are not always glad, and have need to be stirred up to enjoy their privileges. And on what is the doctrine of providence founded? But what we would particularly remark is, that the excellent principle of the psalmist concerning God are not mere speculations; but truths from which he derives practical inferences; and he aims to extend their influence beyond private persons, even to legislators and conquerors. But one fact is sufficient to answer this specious objection: that is, God has created mankind. Praise ..… (Psalms 33:1). The doctrine of providence expressed in these words, "God considereth the works of the inhabitants of the earth," is a necessary consequence of his principle, "God fashioneth their hearts alike;" and this principle is a necessary consequence of that which the psalmist had before laid down to account for the origin of the world. Psalms 33:1-9 [& 10-12] New International Version January 1, 2017 The International Bible Lesson (Uniform Sunday School Lessons Series) for Sunday, January 1, 2017, is from Psalms 33:1-9 (& includes 10-12). Psalms 33 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. Psalms 32:1-5 The Joy of Forgiveness. 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. "O ye righteous." It is necessary, in order to convince a rational being of the justice and goodness of God, to follow such a method as that which we follow to prove his existence. a 2 Give thanks to the LORD on the harp;. Verse 1. JOSEPH A ALEXANDER Psalms Commentary (1864) Spurgeon had high praise for Alexander's work writing that it "Occupies a first place among expositions. 1. sing for joy in the Lord – BDB 943, KB 1247, Piel IMPERATIVE (this same VERB ends Psalm 32) praise – BDB 392, KB 389, Hiphil IMPERATIVE; sing praises to Him – BDB 274, KB 273, Piel IMPERATIVE 33:1-5 The first three verses set the mood of the Psalm in praise to God (i.e., five parallel IMPERATIVES). Two and forty journeys of the Israelites - From Egypt to Sinai. Thomas Watson. Does God degrade himself more by governing than by creating mankind? Verse 1. Thankful praise is the breath and language of holy joy. Calls upon the righteous to praise God . "Psalm 33 speaks of creation and calls Israel to a total trust which is able to forsake weapons of war and rely solely on God (33:16-17). Salem Media Group. 2. The psalmist determines this question with a great facility, by a single principle, which results from the former, and which, like the former, carries its evidence with it. Every endowment we possess, should be employed with all our skill and earnestness in God's service. As a help to singing the instrument is alone to be tolerated, for keys and strings do not praise the Lord. Psalm 33:1. Religious songs are proper expressions of thankful praise. "With a loud noise." To delight ourselves in God is most truly to extol him, even if we let no notes of song proceed from our lips. PSALM 33. J. II. Joy is the soul of praise. This is the sweetest and best of music. "Sing unto him." Where several pieces of music are mentioned, we are taught to praise God with all the powers which we possess. One literally “goes up” to Jerusalem. A Psalm of David. 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. Thankful praise is the breath and language of holy joy. Psalm 33:1–22 1 Sing ... Get beautiful Bible art delivered to your inbox. Psalm 33 The Greatness and Goodness of God. "Praise the Lord with harp." Were I to proceed in explaining the system of the psalmist, I might prove, that as he had a right to infer the doctrine of providence from the works of nature, and that of the moral attributes of God from the works of creation; so from the doctrines of the moral attributes of God, of providence, and of the works of creation, he had a right to conclude, that no conquerors or lawgivers could be truly happy but those who acted agreeably to the laws of the just and good Supreme. (Read Psalm 33:1-11) Holy joy is the heart and soul of praise, and that is here pressed upon the righteous. An exhortation to praise God Ps 33:1-3. Verse 1. This is the most rational account that was ever given of the creation of the world. Psalms 33:4 For the word of the LORD is right; and all his works are done in truth. 3 Sing unto him a new song; play skilfully with a loud noise. Exult, ye righteous, in Jehovah! The Lord must have a full octave, for all notes are his, and all music belongs to him. No: one of the wisest of kings; one of the most bold and able generals: a man whom God has self elected to govern his chosen people, and to command those armies which fought the most obstinate battles, and gained the most complete victories. Not from the ungodly, hypocritical, or thoughtless. i. Christopher Wordsworth. The omniscience and omnipotence of God, and his care for his people are celebrated, in opposition to the weakness of an arm of flesh, Ps 33:13-19; and the Psalm concludes with a fervent expression of confidence, Psalms 33:20-21 , and an earnest prayer, Psalms 33:22 . Well-bred whispers are disreputable here. Subject and Division. (last clause). Augustine. What are his military maxims? And the works of nature which demonstrate the goodness of God, prove his justice also; for God has created us with such dispositions, that we cannot enjoy the gifts of his goodness without obeying the laws of his righteousness. The sentiment falls in with Ps 32:11 (compare 1Co 14:15). Rejoice in the Lord; let his excellency discovered in his works be the matter of your joy and praise. Whole Psalm. For the word of the LORD is right, and all His work is done in truth: The truth of God’s word is a further reason for praise. For praise is comely for the upright - Is befitting, suitable, proper. This is the lesson to be gathered from the use of musical instruments under the old dispensation. Philosophers, who had admitted these, have usually taken that for granted which they ought to have proved. Whole Psalm This Psalm is eucharistic: the contents are: -- An exhortation to praise God Psalms 33:1 - 3. What I say of myself, I say of my parents; and what I affirm of my parents, I affirm of my more remote ancestors, and of all the finite creatures from whom they derive their existence. 33:1-5 The first three verses set the mood of the Psalm in praise to God (i.e., five parallel imperatives). The happiness of an individual who procures a pleasure by disobeying the laws of equity, is a violent happiness, which cannot be of long duration; and the prosperity of public bodies, when it is founded in iniquity, is an edifice which, with its basis, will be presently sunk and gone. 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. Character -- indispensable to true enjoyment. It is wretched to hear God praised in a slovenly manner. A thanksgiving of the church triumphant in the latter ages, for her final deliverance, by the overthrow of Antichrist and his armies. We’ll send you a new verse every day to download or share. (verses 13-19) I recall touring a Greek Orthodox church where there was, front and center, near the ceiling, a painting of a huge eye, with a brown iris and black pupil. For the word of the LORD is right and true; he is faithful in all he does. 2 Praise the Lord with harp: sing unto him with the psaltery and an instrument of ten strings. The confidence of God's people in his name, their happiness, and petition Psalms 33:20-22. "Rejoice in the Lord." James Saurin. He deserves the best that we have. Our expectations from God are not to supersede, but to quicken and encourage, our applications to him; he will be sought unto for that which he has promised, and therefore the psalm concludes with a short but comprehensive prayer, "Let thy mercy, O Lord! For praise is comely for the upright. 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. F5. His promises are all wise and good. Let us follow the holy man a moment in his meditation. Verse 1. Psalm 32 had things to say about individual happiness (32:1-2, 11). How absurdly have the philosophers treated of the origin of the world! The distance between the meanest insect and the mightiest monarch, who treads and crushes reptiles to death without the least regard to them, is a very imperfect image of the distance between God and man. The moral attributes of God, as they are called in the schools, were mysteries which they could not unfold. The paraphrase of this in the Book of Common Prayer is, For it becometh well the just to be thankful. (Psalms 33:1). God has an eye to things which are becoming. Why Praise? 4. Most certainly either finite beings have a self efficient will, which it is impossible to suppose, for a finite creature with a self efficient will is a contradiction: either, I say, a finite creature has a self efficient will, or there is a First Cause who has a self efficient will; and that there is such a Being is the principle of the psalmist; "By the word of the Lord were the heavens made; and all the host of them by the breath of his mouth.". Praise befits the upright. 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 . Adam Clarke. (Spurgeon, C. H. Lectures to my Students: Commenting and Commentaries)Rosscup adds: This is one of the more thorough older exegetical … Psalm 33:12 asserts that a people whose God is the Lord — will be blessed. Praise befits the upright. 2 Incline your ear to me; rescue me speedily! One of the most specious objections that has ever been opposed to the doctrine of providence, is a contrast between the grandeur of God and the meanness of men. 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. 1-3. To delight ourselves in God is most truly to extol him, even if we let no notes of song proceed from our lips. Verse 1. The sentiment falls in with Ps 32:11 (compare 1Co 14:15). The psalmist, in this psalm, I. Praise is the dress of saints in heaven, it is meet that they should fit it on below. "With the psaltery and an instrument of ten strings." O ye righteous. Every Christian should endeavour to sing according to the rules of the art, so that he may keep time and tune with the congregation. These may be reduced to two classes; attributes of goodness, and attributes of justice. The city crowns the hill and its Temple stood on a “mount.” In this exalted place, … Continue reading "Commentary on Psalm 133" In like manner, when we would prove that a creature is a just and a good being, we say, there are qualities of goodness and justice in creatures, therefore he, from whom these creatures derive their existence, is a being just and good. 1 Rejoice in the Lord, O ye righteous: for praise is comely for the upright. To rejoice in temporal comforts is dangerous, to rejoice in self is foolish, to rejoice in sin is fatal, but to rejoice in God is heavenly. This means simply that it is becoming of righteous people to praise their God and Redeemer. "Rejoice in the Lord." 3 Sing unto him a new song; play skilfully with a loud noise. They are all included in these words: "There is no king saved by the multitude of an host: a mighty man is not delivered by much strength. A hermit, who never appeared on the theatre of the world? Praise is the dress of saints in heaven, it is meet that they should fit it on below. Augustine. 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. All songs of praise should be "unto him." on the ten-stringed lyre offer praise. Men are bidden to fear before Jehovah because his purposes are accomplished in providence, Psalms 33:8-11 . Sing to him a new song; play skillfully, and shout for joy. When we would prove the existence of God, we say, there are creatures, therefore there is a Creator. Copyright © 2021, Bible Study Tools. No instrument like the human voice. With Bible Gateway Plus, you gain instant access to a digital Bible study library, including complete notes from the NIV Cultural Backgrounds Study Bible and the New Bible Commentary. Psalm 133 is a Song of Ascents–a song for going up to a high place. God has an eye to things which are becoming. Psalms 33:1 Rejoice in the LORD, O ye righteous: for praise is comely for the upright. Psalm 33 was written to those addressed as righteous ones and the upright (v. 1). Whole Psalm. Unenlightened philosophers have treated of the attributes of God with as much abstruseness as they have written of his works. Rejoice in the Lord, O ye righteous. Calls upon the righteous to praise God, Psalms 33:1-3. Psalm 33:1 NIV • Psalm 33:1 NLT • Psalm 33:1 ESV • Psalm 33:1 NASB • Psalm 33:1 KJV • Psalm 33:1 Interlinear • Psalm 33:1 Commentaries • Psalm 33:1 Parallel Texts • Psalm 33:1 Bible Apps • Psalm 33:1 Parallel • Bible Hub Psalms 33:3 Sing unto him a new song; play skilfully with a loud noise. Our prophet had other notions. And, the psalmist is going to return to the concept of the Lord seeing certain people in verse 18. 1. The Treasury of David. No jewel more ornamental to a holy face than sacred praise. For the Jewish people in ancient times, that high place was the Temple in the city of Jerusalem. When saints wear their choral robes, they look fair in the Lord's sight. Rejoice in the L ord, O you righteous. Verse 1. Rejoicing -- the soul of praise; the Lord -- a wellspring of joy. Or who can imagine, that a wise Being, who wills that his intelligent creatures should acquire knowledge and virtue, will not punish them if they neglect those acquisitions; and will not show by the distribution of his benefits that he approves their endeavours to obtain them? How few of them have reasoned conclusively on this important subject! It is comely as wings to an angel, we mount with it; as flowers to a tree, it is our fruit; as a robe to a priest, it is our office; as long hair to a woman, it is our beauty; as a crown to a king, it is our highest honour. How can such an insignificant creature as man be the object of the care and attention of such a magnificent being as God? You can discuss each week’s commentary and lesson at the International Bible Lesson Forum. 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. 1. Introduction. And they that fear him shall find mercy and rejoice in him, Psalm 33:16-22. 31 o In you, O L ord, do I p take refuge; q let me never be put to shame; in your r righteousness deliver me! We'll send you an email with steps on how to reset your password. 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? Numbers 33:1-15. 3. of The response of the righteous to the goodness of God takes the form of public worship. Ps 33:1-22. Praise is comely for the upright; it well becomes them to exercise themselves in this work of praising and blessing of God; partly because they have such singular and abundant obligations and occasions to do so; and partly because they will praise God worthily and heartily, and with due reverence and thankfulness, as God requires, and deserves to be praised; whereas ungodly men do indeed disparage and pollute the holy name of God, while they pretend to praise it, and therefore God rejects their praises and prayers. Yes, from that doctrine of God the Creator of men, follows that of God the inspector, the director, rewarder, and the punisher of their actions. Psalms 33:1 Rejoice in the LORD, O ye righteous: [for] praise is comely for the upright.. Ver. Be s a rock of t refuge for me, a strong fortress to save me! 1-3. As this Psalm has no title, the verse was the more easily separated. The principle is this: "By the word of the Lord were the heavens made; and all the host of them by the breath of his mouth," Psalms 33:6 . Rejoice, O ye righteous: not in yourselves, for that is not safe, but in the Lord. No jewel more ornamental to a holy face than sacred praise. This Psalm is eucharistic: the contents are: 1. In eight of Kennicott's MSS., this Psalms is written as a part of the preceding. Crooked hearts make crooked music, but the upright are the Lord's delight. Psalms 31:15-24 David’s Response to His Rejection. Evermore, but chiefly amid blasphemy, persecution, sickness, poverty, death. b 3 Sing to him a new song;. 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 a clear and judicious explanation of the text, and cannot be dispensed with. He who would have a double heaven must begin below to rejoice like those above. California - Do Not Sell My Personal Information, The confidence of God's people in his name, their happiness, and petition. He who would have a double heaven must begin below to rejoice like those above. 1 Rejoice, you righteous, in the LORD;. 1. sing for joy in the Lord — BDB 943, KB 1247, Piel imperative (this same verb ends Psalm 32) He pleaseth God whom God pleaseth. Joy is the soul of praise. 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. Psalms 32:6-11 David Experiences Happiness And Relief From Guilt. An horse is a vain thing for safety: neither shall he deliver any by his great strength," Psalms 33:16-17 . Who can persuade himself that a wise Being has given to intelligent creatures faculties capable of obtaining knowledge and virtue, without willing that they should endeavour to acquire knowledge and virtue? Fifth Sunday of Easter: Psalm 33:1-11, "Come and See What God Has Done": The Psalms of Easter, Frederick J. Gaiser, Texts in Context, Word & World, Luther Seminary, 1987. A. Alexander. Title. 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. Whole Psalm. Furnishes us with matter for praise. What are his maxims of policy? His people are proclaimed blessed, Psalms 33:12 . "Rejoice in the Lord "- It is very likely that the last verse of the preceding Psalm was formerly the first verse of this. 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. That which proves that it would be beneath the dignity of a monarch to observe the motions of ants, or worms, to interest himself in their actions, to punish, or to reward them, seems to demonstrate that God would degrade himself were he to observe, to direct, to punish, to reward mankind, who are infinitely inferior to him. His praise as the Creator (Psalms 33:4-9) 3. 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