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Dave Burnette's Commentary

Psalm Chapter 33

Written By: God through Inspiration
Penned By: David, Asaph, Solomon, Heman, Ethan, Moses, and the Sons of Korah
Date Penned: (1440-586 BC)
Overview: Poetry for the Expression of Praise and Worship to God (c 1-150)
Theme: The First Book of Psalms (c 1-41)
Message: God is Worthy of Our Trust and Praise (v 1-22)

Psalms 33 Commentary

(33:1) Music and Psalms - David was an accomplished harpist (1 Samuel 16:15-23). His inclination toward music is reflected in his psalms, where he frequently refers to musical instruments. He undoubtedly composed music for many of the Psalms, and he commissioned musicians for temple worship (1 Chronicles 25). Your doper sin swords are measured by the quality of his or her character. If your friends trust what you say, it is because they trust you. If you trust what God says, it is because you trust him to be the God he claims to be. If you doubt his words, you doubt the integrity of God himself. If you believe God is truly God, then believe what he says in his Word! The Bible is reliable because, unlike people, God does not lie, forget, change his words, or leave his promises unfulfilled. We can trust the Bible because it contains the words of a holy, trustworthy, and unchangeable God. 

(33:6-9) Lord of Creation - This is a poetic summary of the creation story found in the first chapter of Genesis. God is not just the coordinator of natural forces; he is the Lord of creation, the almighty God. Because he is all-powerful, we should revere him in all we do. 

(33:11) God's Plans Sand Firm Forever - Are you frustrated by inconsistencies you see in others, or even in yourself? God is completely trustworthy- his intentions never change. The Bible promises that good and perfect gifts come to us from the Creator who never changes (James 1:17). When you wonder if there is anyone you can trust, remember that God is completely consistent. Let him counsel you, and then rely on his plans for your life. 

(33:14) God Watches Over Us - God's watching over us has two dimensions: (1) He sees and understands our thoughts and motives. The psalmist explains here that God made the human heart and therefore completely understands people. John the apostle said that Jesus knew exactly what human nature was like, so no one can fool God (John 2:23-25). (2) God watches over us with love and protection. Knowing this should help us prioritize getting in tune with him each day. God knows what we are doing, and he guides us toward the right path if we listen to him. 

(33:16-17) God's Strength - The image of a horse represents military strength. Because God rules and overrules every nation, leaders should never put their trust in their physical power. Military might is not the basis for our hope. Our hope is in God and his gracious offer to save us if we will trust in him. 

(33:18-19) God's Protection - This is not an ironclad guarantee that all believers will be delivered from death and starvation. Thousands of Christian believers have been beaten to death, whipped, fed to lions, or executed (Romans 8:35-36; Hebrews 11:32-40). God can (and often miraculously does) deliver his followers from pain and death; sometimes, though, for purposes known only to him, he chooses not to. When faced with this harsh reality, we must focus on the wise judgments of God. The writer of this psalm was pleading for God's watchful care and protection. In times of crisis, we can place our hope in God.

Dave Burnette's Life Application

Rejoice in the Lord

Each day, we walk through the Bible chapter by chapter, making an application of our text to help us grow in the Lord. Many applications can be made from each day's text. Today, we continue in the Book of Psalms with Chapter 33. In our text today, we see a theme of Rejoicing in the Lord because He is our Creator, Lord, Savior, and Deliverer. In applying, we see that because He is faithful and His Word is dependable, we can Rejoice and Sing - Rejoice and Give Thanks - Rejoice and Praise - we can Truly Rejoice in the Lord. How about you? Do you know Him? If so, do you Rejoice and Praise the Lord? Let us learn from our Psalm and text today to remember because of Who He Is - I can Rejoice in the Lord, giving Him Praise for He is Worthy.


Psalm 33

Psalm 33

 1Rejoice in the LORD, O ye righteous: for praise is comely for the upright.

 2Praise the LORD with harp: sing unto him with the psaltery and an instrument of ten strings.

 3Sing unto him a new song; play skilfully with a loud noise.

 4For the word of the LORD is right; and all his works are done in truth.

 5He loveth righteousness and judgment: the earth is full of the goodness of the LORD.

 6By the word of the LORD were the heavens made; and all the host of them by the breath of his mouth.

 7He gathereth the waters of the sea together as an heap: he layeth up the depth in storehouses.

 8Let all the earth fear the LORD: let all the inhabitants of the world stand in awe of him.

 9For he spake, and it was done; he commanded, and it stood fast.

 10The LORD bringeth the counsel of the heathen to nought: he maketh the devices of the people of none effect.

 11The counsel of the LORD standeth for ever, the thoughts of his heart to all generations.

 12Blessed is the nation whose God is the LORD; and the people whom he hath chosen for his own inheritance.

 13The LORD looketh from heaven; he beholdeth all the sons of men.

 14From the place of his habitation he looketh upon all the inhabitants of the earth.

 15He fashioneth their hearts alike; he considereth all their works.

 16There is no king saved by the multitude of an host: a mighty man is not delivered by much strength.

 17An horse is a vain thing for safety: neither shall he deliver any by his great strength.

 18Behold, the eye of the LORD is upon them that fear him, upon them that hope in his mercy;

 19To deliver their soul from death, and to keep them alive in famine.

 20Our soul waiteth for the LORD: he is our help and our shield.

 21For our heart shall rejoice in him, because we have trusted in his holy name.

 22Let thy mercy, O LORD, be upon us, according as we hope in thee.