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  Bro. Tom’s Weekly Bible Study
  Week #119
Posted: May 18, 2007

PSALM 33:1-3

As we step into our study this week of Psalm 33 we notice there is no given title.  I want to entitle it “The Praise Of Jehovah”.  This Psalm praises Him as the Creator and Controller of all things.

In verses 1-3 the Psalmist deals with “The Command Of Worship”.  Our study text says, “Rejoice in the LORD, O ye righteous: for praise is comely for the upright. Praise the LORD with harp: sing unto him with psaltery and an instrument of ten strings. Sing unto him a new song; play skillfully with a loud noise

In verse 1 we have “The Instruction Of Worship”.  We are instructed to “Rejoice in the LORD,” The word ‘rejoice’ means to shout aloud, loud cries of triumph.  We notice this rejoicing is not an emotional out break but it comes from the position we find ourselves in, the position of being ‘In The Lord’.  We are called in the text, the ‘righteous’.  The word speaks of those who are perfect, spotless, and without stain because of our position in Him.  Truly, this is great ground from which to rejoice.  We are also instructed to ‘praise Him’.  The word ‘praise’ means hymns of solemn laudation.  We are told that this activity of praise is ‘comely’ for the upright.  Our word ‘comely’ means homely, suitable, and very becoming in beauty.  When we praise and rejoice our Lord finds us beautiful in His sight.  “For the lost to  praise Him is like a jewel of gold in a pig’s snout. Praise is the wedding dress of the saint in heaven.  Let us try it on for a proper fit while here below.” (Spurgeon)

In verse 2 we are confronted with “The Instruments Of Worship”.  The Psalmist mentioned the ‘harp’, the ‘psaltery’, and the ‘instruments of strings’.  The ten strings would speak of a full octave, which tells us all notes on all music belong only to Him alone.  We have no right to sing to anyone save Him alone.  Music was created for His glory and not mans.  The greatest of instruments is the mouth.  The Psalmist tells us to ‘sing unto him’.  The greatest singing I have ever heard is a cappella singing with voices that sound as fine tuned instruments.

In verse 3a we have, “The Imagination Of Worship”.  We are told to sing unto the Lord a ‘new’ song.  The word ‘new’ speaks of a rare, fresh, or never heard before song. It is a song that calls for thought.  There are seven new songs in the Bible. Psalm 33:3, 40:3, 96:1, 98:1, 144:9, 149:9, 149:1, and Isaiah 42:10.  Let us meditate upon these thoughts and express these in our worship unto Him.  Let our imagination run wild as we ponder His bigness with awe.

In verse 3b we have “The Indictment Of Worship”.  The text tells us to play ‘skillfully’. The phrase has the idea of giving the very best of your best.  When we go to worship let us not do it with mind out of gear.  Let us give great thought to our worship.  Let us do it with all our might. 

In verse 3c we are told of “The Increases Of Worship”.  We are told to sing with a loud noise or at the top of our voice.  Our Lord loves loud singing and so do I.  When we worship let us increase the volume.

I am well aware that many of us worship in different ways.  I practice introverted worship.  I usually sit glued in one place and weep uncontrollably if God gets on me.  Let us be assured God has commanded us to worship and we cannot do it while looking like a bump on a log!