Psalm 33

God's Character in the Light of Christ



Psalm 33 is a beautiful hymn of praise, acknowledging God's role as Creator, His supremacy over the affairs of nations, and the absolute hope we have in His unfailing love. By reflecting on these themes in the light of the New Covenant and the teachings of Christ, we gain deeper insights into the character of God.

Section 1: Praising the Creator (1-9)

"1 Sing joyfully to the LORD, you righteous; it is fitting for the upright to praise him...6 By the word of the LORD the heavens were made, their starry host by the breath of his mouth...9 For he spoke, and it came to be; he commanded, and it stood firm."

Talking Points:

Cross Reference: Colossians 1:16, "For in him all things were created: things in heaven and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or powers or rulers or authorities; all things have been created through him and for him."


Section 2: God's Sovereign Plans (10-17)

"10 The LORD foils the plans of the nations; he thwarts the purposes of the peoples. 11 But the plans of the LORD stand firm forever, the purposes of his heart through all generations...16 No king is saved by the size of his army; no warrior escapes by his great strength...17 A horse is a vain hope for deliverance; despite all its great strength it cannot save."

Talking Points:

Cross Reference: Proverbs 21:30, "There is no wisdom, no insight, no plan that can succeed against the LORD."


Section 3: God's Unfailing Love (18-22)

"18 But the eyes of the LORD are on those who fear him, on those whose hope is in his unfailing love...22 May your unfailing love be with us, LORD, even as we put our hope in you."

Talking Points:

Cross Reference: Romans 8:38-39, "For I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither the present nor the future, nor any powers, neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord."



Psalm 33, viewed through the lens of the New Covenant in Christ, is a celebration of God's righteous character and creative power, both of which find their fullest expression in Jesus.

The call to rejoice in the Lord and praise Him with instruments points towards worship of Christ, who is the object of our praise and joy. The depiction of God as Creator, who made the heavens and gathered the waters, reminds us of Christ, through whom all things were made (John 1:3).

God's plans standing firm forever and His thoughts enduring through all generations foreshadow the eternal purpose accomplished in Christ (Ephesians 3:11).

The Psalmist's faith in God's unfailing love, and His role as deliverer and protector, is fully realized in Jesus, who embodies God's love (John 3:16) and brings ultimate deliverance from sin and death (Romans 6:23).

The hope expressed in waiting for the Lord is a reflection of our hope in Christ's second coming (Titus 2:13).

Psalm 33 is a testament to God's creative, sustaining, and redeeming power, all of which is embodied in Jesus Christ.