No instrument like the human voice. Even the righteous are not always glad, and have need to be stirred up to enjoy their privileges. Be s a rock of t refuge for me, a strong fortress to save me! (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. "Praise the Lord with harp." God has an eye to things which are becoming. He who would have a double heaven must begin below to rejoice like those above. Religious songs are proper expressions of thankful praise. Furnishes us with matter for 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. 1 Rejoice, you righteous, in the LORD;. Augustine. Exult, ye righteous, in Jehovah! How can such an insignificant creature as man be the object of the care and attention of such a magnificent being as God? 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. Every endowment we possess, should be employed with all our skill and earnestness in God's service. 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 Rejoicing -- the soul of praise; the Lord -- a wellspring of joy. 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. Praise is not comely from unpardoned professional singers; it is like a jewel of gold in a swine's snout. Whole Psalm. Samuel Horsley. "Sing unto him a new song." The most simple appearances in nature are sufficient to lead us to this principle. For the word of the L ord is upright, The Lord is Good! To delight ourselves in God is most truly to extol him, even if we let no notes of song proceed from our lips. praise from the upright is fitting. The arguments to enforce the duty Psalms 33:4-19. 1-3. 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. THE ARGUMENT This Psalm contains a celebration of God for his great and glorious works, both of creation and providence. Not from the ungodly, hypocritical, or thoughtless. This is the sweetest and best of music. Ellicott's Commentary for English Readers, Keil and Delitzsch Biblical Commentary on the Old Testament. (1-6) The principle of the watchman. i. Psalms 33:1 Rejoice in the LORD, O ye righteous: for praise is comely for the upright. Christopher Wordsworth. California - Do Not Sell My Personal Information, The confidence of God's people in his name, their happiness, and petition. F5. An exhortation to praise God Ps 33:1-3. Do most worshippers mind this? "Sing unto him." Psalm 33:12 asserts that a people whose God is the Lord — will be blessed. 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). 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. "Play skillfully." A. Alexander. Men need all the help they can get to stir them up to praise. Well-bred whispers are disreputable here. 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. Psalms 33:3 Sing unto him a new song; play skilfully with a loud noise. 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? (Psalms 33:1) Rejoice in the LORD, O you righteous. Please enter your email address associated with your Salem All-Pass account, then click Continue. Religious songs are proper expressions of thankful praise. Rejoice. All rights reserved. Crooked hearts make crooked music, but the upright are the Lord's delight. 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. Sing joyfully to the LORD, you righteous; it is fitting for the upright to praise him. 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. A Psalm of David. 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. Assuredly for such a man praise is an appropriate employment, for such a man it is "comely.". 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. Introduction. 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! This is the doctrine of providence. An horse is a vain thing for safety: neither shall he deliver any by his great strength," Psalms 33:16-17 . Commentary Critical and Explanatory on the Whole Bible. 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? If philosophers have reasoned inconclusively on the origin of the world, they have spoken of its government with equal uncertainty. Ezekiel 33 – The Prophet as Watchman A. Ezekiel the watchman. (Psalms 33:1). Verse 1. 33:1-5 The first three verses set the mood of the Psalm in praise to God (i.e., five parallel IMPERATIVES). A hermit, who never appeared on the theatre of the world? 1-3. Psalms 32:6-11 David Experiences Happiness And Relief From Guilt. This is the most rational account that was ever given of the creation of the world. 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. Joy is the soul of praise. 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? 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. 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. When? 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. Verse 1. 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. Why Praise? 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! Commentary on Psalm 33:1-11. The sentiment falls in with Ps 32:11 (compare 1Co 14:15). 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. 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. A harp suits a blood-washed hand. The Hebrew verb, according to the etymologists, originally means to dance for joy, and is therefore a very strong expression for the liveliest exultation. 3. Evermore, but chiefly amid blasphemy, persecution, sickness, poverty, death. Let us follow the holy man a moment in his meditation. 3 Sing unto him a new song; play skilfully with a loud noise. Psalms 31:1-14 A Prayer For Protection. His praise as the Keeper and Deliverer of the Righteous (Psalms 33:18-22) What the last verse of the preceding Psalm exhorts to shout for joy, is in this Psalm more fully unfolded. That is, it is written to those who know God personally and who are seeking to please Him by living obedient lives. When we would prove the existence of God, we say, there are creatures, therefore there is a Creator. Subject and Division. 4. 33:1-11 Holy joy is the heart and soul of praise, and that is here pressed upon the righteous. 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. Character -- indispensable to true enjoyment. The praise of Jehovah is the subject of this sacred song. 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. 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? Isaiah 61:3 . Whole Psalm This Psalm is eucharistic: the contents are: -- An exhortation to praise God Psalms 33:1 - 3. Praise the L ord with the lyre; make melody to him with the harp of ten strings. II. Praise the LORD with the harp; make music to him on the ten-stringed lyre. b 3 Sing to him a new song;. Calls upon the righteous to praise God, Psalms 33:1-3. Try it free for 30 days! 2 Praise the Lord with harp: sing unto him with the psaltery and an instrument of ten strings. Sing to him a new song; play skillfully, and shout for joy. 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. 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. Psalms 30:1-12 The Blessing of Answered Prayer. 3. Rejoice, O ye righteous: not in yourselves, for that is not safe, but in the Lord. Praise ..… (Psalms 33:1). Rejoicing--the soul of praise; the Lord--a wellspring of joy. Verse 1. John Trapp Complete Commentary. 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. 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 Unenlightened philosophers have treated of the attributes of God with as much abstruseness as they have written of his works. Psalms 33:4 For the word of the LORD is right; and all his works are done in truth. God has an eye to things which are becoming. Psalm 33:1–22 1 Sing ... Get beautiful Bible art delivered to your inbox. PSALM 33 * Praise of God’s Power and Providence I. In addition, God does His work in truth – not with deceit or manipulation. a. We’ll send you a new verse every day to download or share. 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. It is a clear and judicious explanation of the text, and cannot be dispensed with. Philosophers, who had admitted these, have usually taken that for granted which they ought to have proved. Praise is the dress of saints in heaven, it is meet that they should fit it on below. Thomas Watson. No jewel more ornamental to a holy face than sacred praise. Verse 1. 2. (Spurgeon, C. H. Lectures to my Students: Commenting and Commentaries)Rosscup adds: This is one of the more thorough older exegetical … The Lord must have a full octave, for all notes are his, and all music belongs to him. skillfully play with joyful chant. His people are proclaimed blessed, Psalms 33:12 . And, the psalmist is going to return to the concept of the Lord seeing certain people in verse 18. 1. That is, the upright - the righteous - have abundant cause for praise, and it is for them a suitable employment, or one which becomes them. The sentiment falls in with Ps 32:11 (compare 1Co 14:15). What are his military maxims? And they that fear him shall find mercy and rejoice in him, Psalm 33:16-22. It is wretched to hear God praised in a slovenly manner. One literally “goes up” to Jerusalem. On this principle: God "fashioneth their hearts alike," Psalms 33:15 . Psalm 133 is a Song of Ascents–a song for going up to a high place. 1. The psalm tells us that The paraphrase of this in the Book of Common Prayer is, For it becometh well the just to be thankful. One would think, considering the conduct of mankind, that the consequences, which are drawn from the doctrines of which we have been speaking, belong to none but to the dregs of the people; that lawgivers and conquerors have a plan of morality peculiar to themselves, and are above the rules to which other men must submit. Vocal, meditative, habitual praise. The psalmist, in this psalm, I. of This Psalm is coupled with the foregoing one by the catchword with which it opens, which is a repetition of the exhortation with which the preceding ends, Rejoice in the Lord, ye righteous; "Shout for joy, all ye upright." Augustine. Psalm 33 - Rejoice in the LORD, O ye righteous: [for] praise is comely for the upright. II. 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. 1. This Psalm is eucharistic: the contents are: 1. Does God degrade himself more by governing than by creating mankind? To keep up the freshness of worship is a great thing, and in private it is indispensable. But one fact is sufficient to answer this specious objection: that is, God has created mankind. Two and forty journeys of the Israelites - From Egypt to Sinai. You can discuss each week’s commentary and lesson at the International Bible Lesson Forum. 1. We'll send you an email with steps on how to reset your password. 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. 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. 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. The psalmist, in this psalm, I. Numbers 33:1-15. Praise comely. "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). 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. 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. 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.". With equal uncertainty much abstruseness as they are called in the Lord 's sight a thing... 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