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Praise the LORD with harp: sing unto him with the psaltery and an instrument of ten strings.
Sing unto him a new song; play skilfully with a loud noise.
For the word of the LORD is right; and all his works are done in truth.
By the word of the LORD were the heavens made; and all the host of them by the breath of his mouth.
He gathereth the waters of the sea together as an heap: he layeth up the depth in storehouses.
Let all the earth fear the LORD: let all the inhabitants of the world stand in awe of him.
For he spake, and it was done; he commanded, and it stood fast.
The LORD bringeth the counsel of the heathen to nought: he maketh the devices of the people of none effect.
Blessed is the nation whose God is the LORD; and the people whom he hath chosen for his own inheritance.
The LORD looketh from heaven; he beholdeth all the sons of men.
From the place of his habitation he looketh upon all the inhabitants of the earth.
There is no king saved by the multitude of an host: a mighty man is not delivered by much strength.
An horse is a vain thing for safety: neither shall he deliver any by his great strength.
Behold, the eye of the LORD is upon them that fear him, upon them that hope in his mercy;
To deliver their soul from death, and to keep them alive in famine.
Our soul waiteth for the LORD: he is our help and our shield.
For our heart shall rejoice in him, because we have trusted in his holy name.
Let thy mercy, O LORD, be upon us, according as we hope in thee.

New Defender's Study Bible Notes

33:3 new song. This is the first of nine references in Scripture to a “new song.” Appropriately, this song deals with the great event of creation—the first psalm to do so.

33:4 word of the LORD. What a testimony to God’s Word and God’s work! Whatever He says is true, and whatever He does is right and sure, by definition!

33:6 breath of his mouth. The vast spaces of the cosmos, with all their innumerable stars and galaxies, were called into existence instantaneously by the omnipotent Word of Christ (John 1:3). God did not use processes of stellar evolution for this purpose. If such processes could account for the universe, then God would be redundant. The Genesis account records seventeen occasions of God speaking. Note also Hebrews 11:3, II Peter 3:5, etc.

33:7 gathereth the waters. The all-pervasive waters in the initial created cosmos were “gathered together” (Genesis 1:9) into two great reservoirs, above and below the firmament of the atmosphere respectively (Genesis 1:7).

33:7 the depth. “Depth” is the same as “deep” (Genesis 1:2).

33:9 it was done. God did not take billions of years to accomplish His work of creation. There is no “process” of creation; each creative act is an instantaneous event not explainable by natural processes.

33:14 he looketh upon all. God sees all; He is omnipresent.

33:15 he fashioneth. God fashions all; He is omnipotent.

33:15 he considereth. God understands all; He is omniscient.

33:18 eye of the LORD. Such references to the physical features of the Lord are not mere “anthropomorphisms,” for God is omnipotent and can certainly assume attributes of the bodies He has created when He so wills. “He that formed the eye, shall He not see?” (Psalm 94:9).

33:18 hope. Deliverance from evil does not come by military power (“the multitude of an host,” Psalm 33:16), manpower (“much strength,” Psalm 33:16), or horsepower (“a horse is a vain thing,” Psalm 33:17), but spiritual power.

Psalm 34 (superscript). The actual name of the Philistine king who drove David away at the time of his feigned madness was Achish (I Samuel 21:10-15). However, Abimelech was a generic title of Philistine kings. See Genesis 20:2 and Genesis 26:1, with footnote on Genesis 20:2.

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