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 . i. PSALM 33 * Praise of God’s Power and Providence I. Praise befits the upright. 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. Who proposes these maxims? 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. 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 on the ten-stringed lyre offer praise. 33:1-5 The first three verses set the mood of the Psalm in praise to God (i.e., five parallel imperatives). What? 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. Rejoice. Two and forty journeys of the Israelites - From Egypt to Sinai. This is the lesson to be gathered from the use of musical instruments under the old dispensation. J. As a help to singing the instrument is alone to be tolerated, for keys and strings do not praise the Lord. Psalms 32:6-11 David Experiences Happiness And Relief From Guilt. THE ARGUMENT This Psalm contains a celebration of God for his great and glorious works, both of creation and providence. 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. To rejoice ill temporal comforts is dangerous, to rejoice in self is foolish, to rejoice in sin is fatal, but to rejoice in God is heavenly. The sentiment falls in with Ps 32:11 (compare 1Co 14:15). Christopher Wordsworth. skillfully play with joyful chant. Psalms 33:3 Sing unto him a new song; play skilfully with a loud noise. Psalms 33:4 For the word of the LORD is right; and all his works are done in truth. PSALM 33. Praise ..… (Psalms 33:1). 2 Praise the Lord with harp: sing unto him with the psaltery and an instrument of ten strings. “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. California - Do Not Sell My Personal Information, The confidence of God's people in his name, their happiness, and petition. God has an eye to things which are becoming. His people are proclaimed blessed, Psalms 33:12 . 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. Praise the LORD with the harp; make music to him on the ten-stringed lyre. It is wretched to hear God praised in a slovenly manner. Commentary Critical and Explanatory on the Whole Bible. Psalm 133 is a Song of Ascents–a song for going up to a high place. 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. praise from the upright is fitting. Psalms 31:1-14 A Prayer For Protection. Joy is the soul of praise. You can discuss each week’s commentary and lesson at the International Bible Lesson Forum. "Sing unto him." His promises are all wise and good. Psalms 30:1-12 The Blessing of Answered Prayer. 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. of Samuel Horsley. Be s a rock of t refuge for me, a strong fortress to save me! Isaiah 61:3 . A harp suits a blood-washed hand. 33:1-5 The first three verses set the mood of the Psalm in praise to God (i.e., five parallel IMPERATIVES). Rejoicing--the soul of praise; the Lord--a wellspring of joy. These may be reduced to two classes; attributes of goodness, and attributes of justice. 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? What are his maxims of policy? "With the psaltery and an instrument of ten strings." Augustine. That is, it is written to those who know God personally and who are seeking to please Him by living obedient lives. "Praise the Lord with harp." Ezekiel 33 – The Prophet as Watchman A. Ezekiel the watchman. 3 Sing unto him a new song; play skilfully with a loud noise. How few of them have reasoned conclusively on this important subject! 1. Proud member Try it free for 30 days! But one fact is sufficient to answer this specious objection: that is, God has created mankind. 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. The praise of Jehovah is the subject of this sacred song. 1 Rejoice in the Lord, O ye righteous: for praise is comely for the upright. "The Lord looketh from heaven; he considereth all the works of all the inhabitants of the earth," Psalms 33:13-14 . God has an eye to things which are becoming. 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. (a) It is the duty of the godly to set forth the praises of God for his mercy and power showed to them. 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. No jewel more ornamental to a holy face than sacred praise. 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 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 . Rejoicing -- the soul of praise; the Lord -- a wellspring of joy. "With a loud noise." This means simply that it is becoming of righteous people to praise their God and Redeemer. 1. Every Christian should endeavour to sing according to the rules of the art, so that he may keep time and tune with the congregation. Please enter your email address associated with your Salem All-Pass account, then click Continue. This is the sweetest and best of music. To delight ourselves in God is most truly to extol him, even if we let no notes of song proceed from our lips. 3 Sing unto him a new song; play skilfully with a loud noise. An horse is a vain thing for safety: neither shall he deliver any by his great strength," Psalms 33:16-17 . Verse 1. This song of praise bears no title or indication of authorship; to teach us, says Dickson, "to look upon Holy Scripture as altogether inspired of God, and not put price upon it for the writers thereof.". Psalm 33 The Greatness and Goodness of God. (last clause). II. How absurdly have the philosophers treated of the origin of the world! Now, this is the reasoning of the psalmist in this Psalm: "The Lord loveth righteousness and judgment: the earth is full of the goodness of the Lord" Psalms 33:5 ; that is to say, it is impossible to consider the work of the Creator, without receiving evidence of his goodness. The psalmist, in this psalm, I. No instrument like the human voice. All songs of praise should be "unto him." The paraphrase of this in the Book of Common Prayer is, For it becometh well the just to be thankful. 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. --Adam Clarke. The confidence of God's people in his name, their happiness, and petition Psalms 33:20-22. A harp suits a blood washed hand. 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. Questions for Discussion and Thinking Further follow the verse-by-verse International Bible Lesson Commentary. Sing to him a new song; play skillfully, and shout for joy. To delight ourselves in God is most truly to extol him, even if we let no notes of song proceed from our lips. 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. "Play skillfully." Thankful praise is the breath and language of holy joy. The Hebrew verb, according to the etymologists, originally means to dance for joy, and is therefore a very strong expression for the liveliest exultation. This is the most rational account that was ever given of the creation of the world. Rejoice in the Lord; let his excellency discovered in his works be the matter of your joy and praise. 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. Calls upon the righteous to praise God . Verse 1. The moral attributes of God, as they are called in the schools, were mysteries which they could not unfold. 1. sing for joy in the Lord — BDB 943, KB 1247, Piel imperative (this same verb ends Psalm 32) The psalm tells us that It is not that the Lord cannot hear us, but that it is natural for great exultation to express itself in the loudest manner. Religious songs are proper expressions of thankful praise. He who would have a double heaven must begin below to rejoice like those above. 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? We'll send you an email with steps on how to reset your password. A Psalm of David. He who would have a double heaven must begin below to rejoice like those above. Either my will is self efficient, or there is some other being whose will is self efficient. They collected together in their minds all perfections; they reduced them all to one object which they denominated a perfect being: and supposing, without proving, that a perfect being existed, they attributed to him, without proof, everything that they considered as a perfection. James Saurin. Title. And on what is the doctrine of providence founded? 3. 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? Whole Psalm. To keep up the freshness of worship is a great thing, and in private it is indispensable. "O ye righteous." A. Alexander. b 3 Sing to him a new song;. Our prophet had other notions. 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. 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? No jewel more ornamental to a holy face than sacred praise.
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