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Bible Commentaries

Morgan's Exposition on the Whole Bible

Psalms 33

Verses 1-22

This is a triumphant song of praise, opening with a call to vocal and instrumental music. "Rejoice," "praise," "give thanks," "sing praises," "sing," "play"-thus all modes of expression are appealed to.

The praise proceeds and the greatness and goodness of Jehovah are sung in general terms (4-11). The whole of the facts are summarized, His word is right, His work is faithful! (4). His character is perfect, combining light- "righteousness and judgment"; and love- "loving-kindness" (5). He is the Creator, full of power so that men should worship (6-9). He is the active King, overruling all the affairs of men (10-11). The song then praises Jehovah as the God of the chosen people (12-19). He chose them and in their interest watches all the sons of men (12-15). His watchfulness of His own is a greater security than armies or horses (16-19). The song ends with an affirmation of trust, an assurance of joy, and a prayer for mercy (20-22). There is a lilt and a lift about this psalm which is of the very essence of gladness.

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Morgan, G. Campbell. "Commentary on Psalms 33". "Morgan's Exposition on the Bible". 1857-84.