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F.B. Meyer's 'Through the Bible' Commentary
Psalms 33

 

 

Verses 1-12

“THE WORD OF JEHOVAH”

Psalms 33:1-12

This psalm is eminently calculated to incite praise. Let us note the subjects which are touched upon, in the hope that presently one may strike a spark at which our cold hearts shall flame up.

The words and works of Jehovah are the first to pass in review, Psalms 33:4. Let us never forget that nothing was made apart from our Lord Jesus. He is emphatically the Word through whom the creative fiat went forth, John 1:3; Colossians 1:16; Hebrews 1:2. It is good, as we contemplate the beauties and wonders of creation, to turn in praise to Him, whose parables disclose the secrets which be hid in the works of His hands. If creation proceeded by the stages of evolution, it was due to His initiative and under His superintendence.

Note the vivid touches with which the work of creation is described in Psalms 33:6-9. Then turn to the description of God’s providential government, Psalms 33:10-12. We are said to be God’s inheritance. See Psalms 33:12. Ephesians 1:11 also tells us that we inherit Him, and Psalms 33:18 that He inherits us. Bring every inch of us under thy tillage, Great Occupier!


Verses 13-22

“THE EYE OF JEHOVAH”

Psalms 33:13-22

The comprehensiveness of God’s providence, Psalms 33:13-15. No one, however lowly or abject, is beneath notice. It is not that all hearts are alike in their aptitudes or intensity, but that there is not one that does not bear some trace, however defaced, of His image and superscription.

God’s watchfulness, Psalms 33:16-19. The preparations that men make against peril and poverty often fail them. A horse is a vain thing for safety. If God is not with you, His fleet foot will not deliver you in the day of battle, when the enemy bears down on you in force. But God’s unslumbering eye watches over them that fear Him, especially if they are not possessed of horses; and at the moment when He can help them best, He will intervene to deliver. Remember Psalms 20:7.

The certainty of God’s help, Psalms 33:20-22. Let us await His time to act. Trust is certain to bear fruit in joy. They that hope in God shall have abundant cause to praise Him. Be of good cheer! Even now you can hear the footfall of the advancing angel-host! Get ready to praise Him!

 


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Meyer, Frederick Brotherton. "Commentary on Psalms 33:4". "F. B. Meyer's 'Through the Bible' Commentary". https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/fbm/psalms-33.html. 1914.

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