Psalm 33 is a hymn – a song of praise and prayer to the Lord, by whose word the heavens were made. And it begins with the reasons for that praise – His word for man, His faithfulness to that word (verse 4), and the fact that He loves righteousness and justice. The Lord has shown in His word over and over again how faithful He is to the promises He has made to us, and He does love righteousness. But how fortunate for us that He also loves justice – for the fact that He is just.
After more praise for His creation of the world by His very word (verses 7-9), the psalmist returns to elaborate on that faithfulness and justice (verses 10-12). Verses 16-17 simply mean that man’s faith in his own power and strength – even in large armies gives him an illusion of safety and a false promise of salvation. He then points out God’s care for all those who wait upon Him, as He watches over those who fear Him, and see to it they are provided for (verses 18-19). He finishes with prayer for the love of the Lord, as His people look toward Him with hope.
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