New International Reader's Version

Psalm 33

Psalm 33

You who are godly, sing with joy to the Lord.
    It is right for honest people to praise him.
With the harp, praise the Lord.
    With the lyre that has ten strings, make music to him.
Sing a new song to him.
    Play with skill, and shout with joy.

What the Lord says is right and true.
    He is faithful in everything he does.
The Lord loves what is right and fair.
    The earth is full of his faithful love.

The heavens were made when the Lord commanded it to happen.
    All the stars were created by the breath of his mouth.
He gathers together the waters of the sea.
    He puts the oceans in their places.
Let the whole earth have respect for the Lord.
    Let all the people in the world honor him.
He spoke, and the world came into being.
    He commanded, and it stood firm.
10 The Lord blocks the sinful plans of the nations.
    He keeps them from doing what they want to do.
11 But the plans of the Lord stand firm forever.
    What he wants to do will last for all time.

12 Blessed is the nation whose God is the Lord.
    Blessed are the people he chose to be his own.
13 From heaven the Lord looks down
    and sees everyone.
14 From his throne he watches
    all those who live on the earth.
15 He creates the hearts of all people.
    He is aware of everything they do.
16 A king isn’t saved just because his army is big.
    A soldier doesn’t escape just because he is very strong.
17 People can’t trust a horse to save them either.
    Though it is very strong, it can’t save them.
18 But the Lord looks with favor on those who respect him.
    He watches over those who put their hope in his faithful love.
19 He watches over them to save them from death.
    He wants to keep them alive when there is no food in the land.

20 We wait in hope for the Lord.
    He helps us. He is like a shield that keeps us safe.
21 Our hearts are full of joy because of him.
    We trust in him, because he is holy.
22 Lord, may your faithful love be with us.
    We put our hope in you.

The Message

Psalm 33

11-3 Good people, cheer God!
    Right-living people sound best when praising.
Use guitars to reinforce your Hallelujahs!
    Play his praise on a grand piano!
Invent your own new song to him;
    give him a trumpet fanfare.

4-5 For God’s Word is solid to the core;
    everything he makes is sound inside and out.
He loves it when everything fits,
    when his world is in plumb-line true.
Earth is drenched
    in God’s affectionate satisfaction.

6-7 The skies were made by God’s command;
    he breathed the word and the stars popped out.
He scooped Sea into his jug,
    put Ocean in his keg.

8-9 Earth-creatures, bow before God;
    world-dwellers—down on your knees!
Here’s why: he spoke and there it was,
    in place the moment he said so.

10-12 God takes the wind out of Babel pretense,
    he shoots down the world’s power-schemes.
God’s plan for the world stands up,
    all his designs are made to last.
Blessed is the country with God for God;
    blessed are the people he’s put in his will.

13-15 From high in the skies God looks around,
    he sees all Adam’s brood.
From where he sits
    he overlooks all us earth-dwellers.
He has shaped each person in turn;
    now he watches everything we do.

16-17 No king succeeds with a big army alone,
    no warrior wins by brute strength.
Horsepower is not the answer;
    no one gets by on muscle alone.

18-19 Watch this: God’s eye is on those who respect him,
    the ones who are looking for his love.
He’s ready to come to their rescue in bad times;
    in lean times he keeps body and soul together.

20-22 We’re depending on God;
    he’s everything we need.
What’s more, our hearts brim with joy
    since we’ve taken for our own his holy name.
Love us, God, with all you’ve got—
    that’s what we’re depending on.