Every Christian should endeavour to sing according to the rules of the art, so that he may keep time and tune with the congregation. 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. Why should the whole world stand in awe of and fear and reverence the Lord? That is, the upright - the righteous - have abundant cause for praise, and it is for them a suitable employment, or one which becomes them. 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. Loud shouts of joy accompanied by musical instruments are appropriate expressions of praise unto God. First in verse 1 we see who exactly is being commanded to praise the Lord. Rejoice in the L ord, O you righteous. The psalmist returns to that thought here at the end of verse 5. And how is that help going to be conveyed to them? Verbally rejoicing, in other words. But not only is verbal rejoicing appropriate and fitting for the righteous… Musical instruments play their part as well – according to verse 2. 17 An horse is a vain thing for safety:neither shall he deliver any by his great strength. This psalm is titled To the Chief Musician. 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. This kind of praise is fitting for you upright people. 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. 1-3. 6-9) and in His counsel (vv. Men shout at the sight of their kings: shall we offer no loud hosannahs to the Son of David? Psalm 32 was a meditation on forgiven sins. In other words – musical instruments have their place in the righteous verbally rejoicing in the Lord. You sang praises to him then? Psalm 35 is a lament psalm where David is working through a problem in his life with God’s help. Rejoicing--the soul of praise; the Lord--a wellspring of joy. 5-10) appear in the lection for this Sunday. So, let’s join the psalmist in praising the Lord today for all these reasons and more. that is, probat probanda, et damnat damnanda. The Expositor’s Bible Commentary Volume 5 (Psalms [Amazon Books]) by Willem A. VanGemeren. He’s no less omniscient when it comes to us as it did for Israel. Along with Carson’s commentary on Matthew, it is one of the two or three best commentaries in the Expositor’s Bible Commentary. 10 The LORD bringeth the counsel of the heathen to nought:he maketh the devices of the people of none effect. 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. "Sing unto him a new song." Only God can make people righteous. They’re three different words communicating the same concept – protection from enemies. Praise the LORD with the harp; make music to him on the ten-stringed lyre. 2. But for now, we’re brought back to the thought of praising God for his faithful works. We’re not a theocratic nation under the Mosaic law and promised blessings or curses based on our performance of it. 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. So, God demonstrates his faithful loyal covenant love through creation. King David has been brought back from the brink of despair by God who has rescued him. 4 For the word of the LORD is right; and all his works are done in truth. We’ve experienced God’s redemption. The greatest asset of each of these three entities is not at all able to deliver or save them. The God of justice cares for refugees. And when they find him to be their source help and their protective shield, verse 21 will be their response. The word save, deliver, and delivered are all different Hebrew synonyms. 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. For the word of the LORD is right and true; he is faithful in all he does. "With a loud noise." And he commanded. Verse 19. Rejoice in the LORD : “Calling upon the saints to be cheerful; and indeed there is hardly any duty more pressed in the Old and New Testament, or less practised.” (Trapp) We have it in its fullness now in our Bibles. Verse 1. Singing for singing's sake is nothing worth; we must carry our tribute to the King, and not cast it to the winds. 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. 4. 3 Sing to him a new song; skillfully play with joyful chant. But I just want to say that we aren’t told who the psalmist is behind this psalm. 11 The counsel of the LORD standeth for ever,the thoughts of his heart to all generations. PSALM 33 * Praise of God’s Power and Providence I. 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. He loveth righteousness and judgment] q.d. 19 To deliver their soul from death,and to keep them alive in famine. Measures 6" x 8.5". Then verses 6-12 develop the theme of God’s word as seen in His creation (vv. 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. So, here’s one reason to praise the Lord – it’s God’s word and works in verse 4. 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. The emphasis seems to be on making a song that corresponds with something new that God had done in the psalmist’ life. 5. 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. If that happens, that’s cause for great rejoicing – and a new song. Commentary on Psalm 5:7-12 (Read Psalm 5:7-12) David prayed often alone, yet was very constant in attendance on public worship. It is not that the Lord cannot hear us, but that it is natural for great exultation to express itself in the loudest manner. Well-bred whispers are disreputable here. Psalm 33. What are those people like? "For praise is comely for the upright." Why are you not singing like you used to? And remember how God’s work was done in faithfulness in verse 4? Yes, the Lord does see every single individual he’s created. Having instruments accompanying our verbal rejoicing in the Lord is appropriate – actually, it’s commanded in this psalm. 20 Our soul waiteth for the LORD:he is our help and our shield. 4 For the LORD’s word is upright; all his works are trustworthy. 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. Thankful praise is the breath and language of holy joy. 12 For it is You who blesses the righteous man, O Lord, You surround him with favor as with a shield. Not like mankind which can see and then understand only the deeds that are done while we’re watching. 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. 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. He communicated his thoughts and his counsel to a certain nation only. Praise is not comely from unpardoned professional stagers; it is like a jewel of gold in a swine's snout. Thankful praise is the breath and language of holy joy. Religious songs are proper expressions of thankful praise. 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" 2. 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. Pop(ular) Song. Psalms by Gerald H. Wilson Now, we’re not Israel. Because, who would know the inner person of each individual better than the one who created that inner person in each individual? When saints wear their choral robes, they look fair in the Lord's sight. 21 For our heart shall rejoice in him,because we have trusted in his holy name. So, here the mode of rejoicing that the psalmist suggests is the harp, the psaltery, and an instrument of ten strings. This document has been generated from XSL (Extensible Stylesheet Langua ge) source with RenderX XEP Formatter, version 3.7.3 Client Academic. 5. Holy joy ... Commentary on Psalms 32 ← Prior Chapter. "Rejoice in the Lord." Some new action he took – some new mercy he showed – some new deliverance he wrought. "O ye righteous." Psalm 21:1-note For the choir director. sing for joy in the Lord – BDB 943, KB 1247, Piel IMPERATIVE (this same VERB ends Psalm 32) It happens when he forgives them. The land is under siege – and often the food supply would be negatively affected. That actually leads some to think that maybe Psalm 33 is supposed to be part of Psalm 32. 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. 5 He loveth righteousness and judgment: the earth is full of the goodness of the Lord. Verses 1 – 3: The word "shout" also means "sing" in Hebrew. He didn’t – at this time in history – communicate those thoughts to the nations whose counsel he was thwarting. And then the psalmist transitions from God’s word and works to his character in verse 5. 6 By the word of the LORD were the heavens made;and all the host of them by the breath of his mouth. And then verses 20-22 form the concluding praise. Psalm 31. So, what that first phrase is saying is that God forms everyone’s inner men. 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. He deserves the best that we have. To keep up the freshness of worship is a great thing, and in private it is indispensable. Let’s open our Bibles to Psalm 33 for the following message: God Protects His People. Since the context is critical, the comments here will include vv. A psalm for David. And yet, there are times when the word is clarified in our minds – or applied in a way we’ve never known to our hearts. While Psalm 33 is a praise psalm about God’s protecting his people. According to verse 11 – in contrast to the counsel of the nations which God brings to nothing…. a. 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? 16 There is no king saved by the multitude of an host:a mighty man is not delivered by much strength. There aren’t some whose hearts God has not created. Psalm 117, with two verses, is the only shorter psalm. Verse 18. And therefore, verse 12 speaks of the blessing that that nation experienced as a result of God applying his faithful, covenantal word and thoughts to their situation. Where several pieces of music are mentioned, we are taught to praise God with all the powers which we possess. And that he provides infallible counsel and delivers them from their fearful enemies. And it behooves us to take better note of what he’s doing in our lives so that we can give him greater praise. He parted the Red Sea when he took that nation out of Egypt. Both involving his word – his verbal communication. 1-3). So, we see the verbal aspect and the instrumental aspect of our rejoicing in the Lord here. And that word appears two more times in this psalm alone. 6 I a hate 1 those who pay b regard to worthless c idols, but I trust in the L ord. Worshipers recited Psalms 113-114 at the beginning of the service and Psalms … THE ARGUMENT This Psalm contains a celebration of God for his great and glorious works, both of creation and providence. The LORD loves righteousness and justice; the earth is full of his unfailing love. Joy is the soul of praise. There’s no superscription. The lectionary readings for this Sunday offer a variety of preachable texts. 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. This psalm has a unique title: A Psalm. 12. rebellious, Ps. "Play skillfully." 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. God does new works every day. 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! But it’s especially fixed on those who fear him. His heart toward righteousness and justice leads him to fill the earth with his goodness. Not just them. We also have the Lord’s counsel in his word. With his breath he created the heavenly bodies. It may be significant that those three are 2 Praise the LORD with harp:sing unto him with the psaltery and an instrument of ten strings. 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. 8 Let all the earth fear the LORD:let all the inhabitants of the world stand in awe of him. His commentary takes up 880 pages out of a total of 1245 (a little more than two-thirds of the whole). 13 The LORD looketh from heaven;he beholdeth all the sons of men. What a good God we have. Verse 9. Psalm 33 is a praise psalm. --Adam Clarke. 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. And it’s the praise that the psalmist calls us to. 1-4 and 11-12.1 The structure of Psalm 36 The psalm … Continue reading "Commentary on Psalm 36:5-10" And those thoughts that reside only in the Lord’s heart – he sees fit to communicate to humans. 2. 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! 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. God wants to forgive sinners. His people are proclaimed blessed, Psalms 33:12. 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. Psalm 33:1-3 ESV. And they that fear him shall find mercy and rejoice in him, Psalm 33:16-22. Learn how your comment data is processed. Because when they experience battle with foreign enemies and find that the Lord protects them, they will be thankful that they trusted his revealed character – his name. Sing to him a new song; play skillfully, and shout for joy. Even the righteous are not always glad, and have need to be stirred up to enjoy their privileges. Psalm 23 is likely the most well-known psalm 1 of the Psalter — and the most well-known passage in the Bible. How can he do otherwise than right, whose nature is such that he loveth righteousness and judgment? The psalmist takes three very mighty entities and declares that none of them is able to deliver anyone apart from the Lord’s help. Introduction. Rejoice in Jehovah, O ye righteous: Praise is comely for the upright. Ps 33:1-22. Assuredly for such a man praise is an appropriate employment, for such a man it is "comely.". 3 Sing unto him a new song; play skilfully with a loud noise. So, I think the idea can be – don’t rest on your laurels. Open to Psalm 35 for this Psalm 35 commentary. 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. Rather, it’s only fitting – comely – for the upright to direct our verbal rejoicing to the Lord. No – it’s that the Lord took the counsel of those smart people … and he thwarted it. He who would have a double heaven must begin below to rejoice like those above. 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. And so, this is where God’s praiseworthy faithfulness starts – creation. The great desire he had that God might be praised. 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