Forgiven ones Adore the Lord in His Counsels and Ways

God’s word and works are the subjects of the psalmist’s meditation. His works and providence proceed from His will expressed by His Word. In the beginning was the Word, and from that glorious statement all things materialised. When God said, “Let there be light,” there was. One has written that His work is consonant with His Word. 

Throughout the psalm, God’s work of creation, His government of nations and His special preservation of His people, are the wondering consideration of the writer. God’s Word shall not return unto Him void, for the Lord spake the Word, and shall it not come to pass? No wonder the composer wanted to sing a new song (and this psalm is the new song), for he rejoices that the Word of the Lord is right, and all His works are done in truth. The Word is Christ Himself, in whom God has laid all His purposes and works. We have therefore this assurance, that because Christ has all power in heaven and earth, then His work shall be accomplished. Did He not pray that He had finished the work the Father gave Him to do?


Psalm 33

   1  Ye righteous, in the Lord rejoice;
         it comely is and right,
      That upright men, with thankful voice,
         should praise the Lord of might.

   2  Praise God with harp, and unto him
         sing with the psaltery;
      Upon a ten-stringed instrument
         make ye sweet melody.

   3  A new song to him sing, and play
         with loud noise skilfully;
   4  For right is God's word, all his works
         are done in verity.

   5  To judgment and to righteousness
         a love he beareth still;
      The loving-kindness of the Lord
         the earth throughout doth fill.

   6  The heavens by the word of God
         did their beginning take;
      And by the breathing of his mouth
         he all their hosts did make.

   7  The waters of the seas he brings
         together as an heap;
      And in storehouses, as it were,
         he layeth up the deep.

   8  Let earth, and all that live therein,
         with rev'rence fear the Lord;
      Let all the world's inhabitants
         dread him with one accord.

   9  For he did speak the word, and done
         it was without delay;
      Established it firmly stood,
         whatever he did say.

  10  God doth the counsel bring to naught
         which heathen folk do take;
      And what the people do devise
         of none effect doth make.

  11  O but the counsel of the Lord
         doth stand for ever sure;
      And of his heart the purposes
         from age to age endure.

  12  That nation blessed is, whose God
         Jehovah is, and those
      A blessed people are, whom for
         his heritage he chose.

  13  The Lord from heav'n sees and beholds
         all sons of men full well:
  14  He views all from his dwelling-place
         that in the earth do dwell.

  15  He forms their hearts alike, and all
         their doings he observes.
  16  Great hosts save not a king, much strength
         no mighty man preserves.

  17  An horse for preservation
         is a deceitful thing;
      And by the greatness of his strength
         can no deliv'rance bring.

  18  Behold on those that do him fear
         the Lord doth set his eye;
      Ev'n those who on his mercy do
         with confidence rely.

  19  From death to free their soul, in dearth
         life unto them to yield.
  20  Our soul doth wait upon the Lord;
         he is our help and shield.

  21  Since in his holy name we trust,
         our heart shall joyful be.
  22  Lord, let thy mercy be on us,
         as we do hope in thee.


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