Psalms 33 Summary - The Cambridge Bible for Schools and Colleges

The Psalm begins by repeating the call to praise with which the preceding Psalm closed, and recites the grounds on which Jehovah is worthy to be praised. It stands here as an answer to the invitation of Psa 32:11, an example of the “songs of deliverance” spoken of in Psa 32:7. Yet it differs widely in character from Psalms 32. That Psalm is an instruction based upon a particular personal experience; this is a congregational hymn of praise, arising (if indeed any special event inspired it) out of some national deliverance.

Contrary to the general rule in Book 1 (Introd. p. liii), it has no title in the Hebrew, though the LXX ascribes it to David.

It may commemorate some national deliverance from heathen enemies ( Psa 33:10-11 ; Psa 33:16 ff.), but it is impossible to fix its date or occasion. It does not, like 147, which has many points of resemblance to it, contain clear references to the Restoration. There are echoes of it in Psalms 144, partly in later language.

The structure is symmetrical. To the introductory call to praise (Psa 33:1-3) corresponds the concluding profession of trust in Jehovah (Psa 33:20-22). Between these comes the main body of the Psalm, reciting the grounds upon which Jehovah is worthy of praise and trust. This falls into two equal parts, i. Generally, He is to be praised for His moral attributes (Psa 33:4-5), for His creative Omnipotence (Psa 33:6-9), for His sovereign rule (Psa 33:10-11). ii. Specially, He is to be praised for His choice and care of His people in the midst of the nations (Psa 33:12-15); material force is a delusion (Psa 33:16-17), but He is the sure Protector of His people (Psa 33:18-19). Psa 33:4-19 are arranged in couplets or in quatrains.

Consult other comments:

Psalms 33:0 - Albert Barnes' Notes on the Bible

Psalms 33:0 - The Cambridge Bible for Schools and Colleges

Psalms 33:0 - Ellicott's Commentary for English Readers (Old and New Testaments)

Psalms 33:0 - John Gill's Exposition of the Entire Bible

Psalms 33:0 - Matthew Henry's Whole Bible Commentary

Psalms 33:0 - Jamieson, Fausset and Brown's Commentary Critical and Explanatory on the Whole Bible

Psalms 33:0 - Keil & Delitzsch Commentary on the Old Testament

Psalms 33:0 - Commentary Series on the Bible by Peter Pett

Psalms 33:0 - English Annotations on the Holy Bible by Matthew Poole

Psalms 33:0 - Whedon's Commentary on the Old and New Testaments

The Cambridge Bible for Schools and Colleges