Psalm 33 - Hymn to the Creator and Provident God




[New International Version] Psalm 33 belongs to Book I of the Book of Psalms. This hymn to God celebrates him as the creator and organizer of the universe. Divine justice and religious reason are the guarantors of salvation.

The PS 33 belongs to Book I of the Book of PS, composed of a collection of texts 150 poetry books organized by five. The Book of Psalms, for its wisdom and basic principles of human action, is considered the heart of the Old Testament. Book I encompasses Psalms 1 to 41. The PS 33 is divided into 22 verses.

The Psalms are poems-prayers addressed to God, the privileged way to address and speak to Him. These prayers represent human experiences and religious conscience. They portray the commoner with his faults, insecurities, fears, and hopes. Even today, we can identify with the Psalmist and draw inspiration from these texts to pray and plead with God when we feel lost and anguished or to express our gratitude for some blessing.

“There are enemies or friends, there is life or death, health or illness, pain or joy and, most of the time, there are no changes or gradations. Words are like stones and poetry like boulders carved by chisel”; “The Psalms are a bit like mountain paths, simple, especially when walking on snow, but they lead to the peaks; they are paths toward the peaks of meeting the Lord.” - Carlo Maria Martini, Cardinal of Milan.

Psalm 33 - Hymn to the Creator and Provident God

1  Rejoice, ye righteous, in the LORD;
those who are honest do well to praise him.

2  Praise the LORD with the sitar;
with ten-string harp sing hymns.

3  Sing him a new song;
play artfully amidst cheers.

4  For the word of the Lord is right,
and all his work is for faithfulness.

5  He loves justice and right;
the Earth is full of the Lord’s mercy.

6  By the word of the Lord, the heavens were made,
and by the breath of his mouth, all his stars.

7  He gathered, as in a dam, the waters of the sea
and placed in reserve the currents of the abyss.

8  Let the whole Earth fear the Lord;
let all the inhabitants of the world tremble before him.

9  For He said, and so it came to pass;
He ordered, and everything came into being.

10  The Lord undid the plans of the nations
and frustrated the plans of the people.

11  The Lord’s plan endures forever,
the purposes of his heart, through all generations.

12  Blessed is the nation with the Lord for its God,
the people He has chosen for its inheritance.

13  From heaven, the Lord looks down
and observes all human beings.

14  From the place where he has his throne, he
sees all the inhabitants of the Earth.

15  He who formed the heart of each one of them
understands well all their works.

16  The king’s victory is not in a great army,
nor is the hero saved by his great strength.

17  The horse is an illusion for victory:
It is not he who saves because of his great strength.

18  Behold, the eyes of the Lord watch
over those who fear him, through those who trust in his mercy,

19  to deliver their souls from death
and give them life in times of famine.

20  Our soul waits on the Lord;
He is our help and our protective shield.

21  Therefore, our heart rejoices in him;
therefore, we trusted in his holy name.

22 May your mercy be upon us, O Lord,
as we expect it from you.

Meaning and interpretation

Psalm 33 is a prayer that belongs to the literary genre of hymns. The grandeur of the theme dealt with, that is, the work of God as creator and organizer of the universe, suggests an atmosphere of celebration of great solemnity.

This Psalm also speaks of God‘s power of intervention in the creation process and events throughout time and human societies.

This harmonious vision of the world and history naturally focuses on Israel’s awareness of itself and its relationship with God. Feeling that they are the chosen people is their way of becoming aware of themselves, their time, their circumstances, and their expectations.

The thought expressed in verses 16-19 reflects the conviction of the apocalypse and that the hope of salvation is not guaranteed by recourse to human strength and capabilities. Hope is based on the certainty that God’s justice and reason are guaranteed.

The Psalms of Praise are hymns addressed, above all, to God. In this sense, the Bible continues the liturgical literature of neighboring and previous religions, where hymns are the most common way for people to address divinity, especially in contexts of greater solemnity.

These Psalms were of great importance in the lives of biblical heroes. The preaching of the word of the prophets or the teaching of wisdom reflection appears closely linked to the cultural activities of the people of Israel. They express solemnly and the believer’s recognition of the productive presence of God who saves his people, for he is mercy that lasts forever; it is a refuge from the dangers of life; it is joy and joy; it is prosperity that feeds its people; it is light in times of darkness and salvation on Earth and eternal life.

The texts of the Book of Psalms oscillate between a shout and praise, supplication, and joy. Perhaps its authors understood that Man could only express his supplications, laments, or thirst for revenge before God if he is immersed in the spirit of praise that sings life stronger than death.

Perhaps, beyond the scream, the lament, or the anger, they realize that what moves these words is nothing but that life force that explodes in praise when it comes out of violence or goes through death.

These hymns narrate, thus, the greatness or improvements and the thanks that flow from it. Examples of this are Ps 8; 19; 28; 33; 47; 65-66; 93; 96-100; 104-105; 111; 113; 117; 135; 146; 148-150. Hymns can also be addressed to the king, focusing especially on the ceremony of royal enthronement, with every expectation of divine intervention for the well-being of the people and the just ordering of the world.

In this case, the Psalms were performed at court parties, in the king’s presence, and in celebrations for victory over enemies, among others. Some examples are Psalm 2; 18; 20; 21; 27; 51; 60; 61.

With the end of the monarchy, these Psalms were accentuating the messianic connotations, which already had implicit. This is the case of Psalm 2; 18; 20-21; 45; 72; 89; 101; 110; 132; 144. The Psalms celebrating Jerusalem, which has a special connection to God with the temple, are also considered hymns. These are Ps 46; 48; 76; 84; 87; 122.

The Book of Psalms

The Joy and Happiness of the Righteous in Communion with God

The Psalms are prayer-poems addressed to God, the privileged way to address and speak with Him. Depicting the commoner, with his failures, insecurities, fears, and hopes, we can still identify with the Psalmist and be inspired today in Psalms to make prayers and supplications to God in times of trouble or express our gratitude for some blessing received.

Despite being written in Antiquity, the Psalms still movesensitizeawaken feelingsinspire and enchant. In them, we can identify anguish and joy, deeply human feelings, praises, supplications, teachings of reflection on spiritual wisdom, and prophetic words.

Written for different situations, some Psalms are intimate, revealing the author’s relationship with God; others provide guidelines and advice for life; others are compositions for specific liturgical events such as rituals and pilgrimages.

The Power of Prayer in Dialogue with the Divine

The Psalms elevate our thoughts to the Divine, and prayer is the power of the word. Prayer is the language of faith. Any thought, word, or image addressed to God is called prayer. Through it, we come into contact with our God within; therefore, it is powerful in transforming life.

Prayer can produce miracles, turn dreams into reality, and give us hope for changeharmony, and peace with ourselves and the world.

Each Psalm has an intention that helps us meditate and walk with our God. For many theologians, the Book of Psalms has a prophetic or messianic tone as its verses refer to the coming of Christ into the world of men to guide them through the uncertainty and doubts of Human existence.

The prayer has the power to call the Spiritual Universe full mode, honest, sincere, conscious, for spiritual self-protection, family protection, and those who are dear to us, to have peace of mind, spiritual and physical, for prosperity and success, to protect health and relationships, to ward off negative energies and, above all, to connect us to something bigger than ourselves, from this, peace, well-being, hope and goodness in front of everyone and everything result.

Faith can change our lives. It gives us tranquility and spiritual strength to face challenges. It helps us to meditate on our mission in life and to create a balanced and healthy environment for ourselves and those we love. When you pray, fill your heart with love and determination.