Psalm 33 Commentary

Psalm 33 Commentary

In here is the hope of the saint: the plans of the LORD stand firm forever. So what the LORD says stays. The purposes of the LORD prevail. Therefore, the household of faith can wait in the hope that the perfect and loving purposes of the LORD cannot fail.

The plans of the LORD are intolerably rigid. All must succumb. It is a blessing when a nation submits under the lordship of the Creator God.

Then the psalmist warns against putting faith in the horses. This could be good health, personal strength, wealth, authority, power, or our connections. What we have, what we are, or what we can be. It is all in vain.

One rigidly defined purpose of the LORD is death. It comes to all, regardless. Has anyone managed to escape from its grasp? Let the world reflect. It is the will of the Creator God that He has hosted humanity in temporal tents. They wear off. Some badly and shortly while others longer and peacefully. There are all sorts of combinations in between. It is not up to man to decide his own destiny. Again, let the world hear.

“But the eyes of the Lord are on those who fear him, on those whose hope is in his unfailing love, to deliver them from death and keep them alive in famine.” Verses 18 and 19.

I have driven my car for a little over 5 years now. I recently noticed how nearly finished the hard rubbers are on the steering wheel. Then I looked at the culprits responsible for this damage – my hands. There was no evidence to convict them of this crime. They look so innocent and so in shape! Then I said, “so God can keep us alive forever if He so wished.”

It is the hope of the palmist that the LORD delivers the saint from death. But the psalmist isn’t a fool. He knows everyone dies. He is probably pointing to the resurrection, a point at which death tastes defeat and the saint can be in God’s presence as it was back in the Garden of peace and tranquility.

That is the purpose of the Creator God – death and then holy resurrection. But that is only for those who fear the LORD, whose hope and trust is in the Creator God. Indeed, they are blessed.

Meanwhile, they can sing to the LORD a new song. Let them do so skillfully! The lyrics are written from the saint’s daily experiences. Therefore, each day has its own new song. I’m not too sure about the skills since some of us are zero-skilled. Sad. However, I’m happy the judges are not human!

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Published by Joseph Malekani

Joseph Malekani is a born-again Christian with a strong PAOG/Baptist background. He is heavily involved in student ministry with ZAFES – an IFES movement with focus on student ministry in Zambia. He is married to Audrey and they have two lovely children.

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