33:1 Rejoice in the LORD, O ye righteous: [for] praise is a comely for the upright.
(a) It is the duty of the godly to set forth the
praises of God for his mercy and power showed to them.
33:2 Praise the LORD with harp: sing unto him with
the psaltery [and] an b instrument of
(b) To sing on instruments, was a part of the
ceremonial service of the temple, which does not belong to us any more than
the sacrifices, censors and light.
33:4 For the c
word of the LORD [is] right; and all his d
works [are done] in truth.
(c) That is, counsel or command in governing the
(d) That is, the effect and execution.
33:5 He e
loveth righteousness and judgment: the earth is full of the goodness of the
(e) However the world judges God's works, yet
he does all things according to justice and mercy.
33:7 He f
gathereth the waters of the sea together as an heap: he layeth up the depth in
(f) By the creation of the heavens and beautiful
ornament with the gathering also of the waters, he sets forth the power of
God, that all creatures might fear him.
LORD bringeth the g counsel of the
heathen to nought: he maketh the devices of the people of none effect.
(g) No counsel can prevail against God, but he
deserves it, and it will have evil success.
33:12 Blessed [is] the nation
whose h God [is] the LORD; [and] the
people [whom] he hath chosen for his own inheritance.
(h) He shows that all our happiness stands in
this, that the Lord is our God.
33:13 The LORD i
looketh from heaven; he beholdeth all the sons of men.
(i) He proves that all things are governed by
God's providence and not by fortune.
33:15 He k
fashioneth their hearts alike; he considereth all their works.
(k) Therefore he knows their wicked enterprises.
33:16 There is no l
king saved by the multitude of an host: a mighty man is not delivered by much
(l) If kings and the mighty of the world cannot
be saved by worldly means, but only by God's providence, what do others have
to trust in, who have not similar means?
33:18 Behold, m
the eye of the LORD [is] upon them that fear him, upon them that hope in his
(m) God shows his mercy toward his, which man by
no means is able to compass.
Our soul waiteth for the LORD: he [is] our help and our shield.
(n) Thus he speaks in the name of the whole
Church which only depends on God's providence.