Ps 33:1-22. 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. The sentiment falls in with Ps 32:11 (compare 1Co 14:15). The instruments (Ps 92:3;
144:9) do not exclude the
3. a new song—fresh, adapted to the
occasion (Ps 40:3; 96:1).
play skilfully—(Compare 1Sa 16:17).
4-9. Reasons for praise: first, God's truth,
faithfulness, and mercy, generally; then, His creative power which all
6. In "word" and "breath"—or, "spirit,"
there may be an allusion to the Son (Joh 1:1) and Holy Spirit.
9. he spake—literally, "said."
it was—The addition of "done" weakens
the sense (compare Ge 1:3-10).
10, 11. In God's providence He thwarts men's
purposes and executes His own.
12-19. The inference from the foregoing in
33:12 is illustrated by God's
special providence, underlying which is His minute knowledge of all
13. looketh—intently (Isa 14:16).
15. fashioneth—or, "forms," and hence
knows and controls (Pr 21:1).
considereth—or, "understands"; God
knows men's motives.
16, 17. Men's usual reliances in their
greatest exigencies are, in themselves, useless.
17. On the war horse (compare Job
a vain thing—a lie, which deceives
18, 19. Contrasted is God's guidance and power
to save from the greatest earthly evil and its most painful precursor,
and hence from all.
20-22. waiteth—in earnest
21. his holy name—(Compare Ps 5:12;
22:22; 30:4). Our faith
measures mercy (Mt 9:29); and
if of grace, it is no more of debt (Ro 11:6).