Psalm 33

Psalm 33

The psalmist lets out all the stops in his song of praise.  He calls for joy, musical instruments, a new song.  He is excited at the power of God’s word.  He marvels at God’s love for justice and truth.  “God fills the earth with his goodness.”  He is overwhelmed by the beauty and magnificence of all creation.

“From heaven the LORD looks down…”  God sees into the very hearts of people.  Those who honor God can rely on divine help in all their needs.

The prayer ends with a beautiful expression of trust:  “May your kindness, LORD, be upon us; we have put our hope in you.”

The liturgy finds a foreshadowing of the Trinity in v. 6:  “By the LORD’s word the heavens were made; by the breath of his mouth all their host.”  Here the LORD is God the Father, the word is God the Son, the breath is the Holy Spirit.  Obviously, it took the revelation of the New Testament and the prayerful and faith-filled meditation of the Church to arrive at the doctrine of the Trinity.

As we look at verse 6 from our standpoint, we can take some delight in this picture of the Trinity of persons working together in the creation of heaven and earth.

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About the Author

Hilarion Kistner, O.F.M., after ordination in 1955, did further studies in Scripture. He taught Scripture to seminarians for 15 years. He has been editor of Sunday Homily Helps for more than 25 years.
  • Davik Kay

    Thanks, Hilarion Kistner, for pointing out the presence of the three persons of God in scripture for me