Verse 33. I will sing unto the LORD as long as I live, or, literally, in my lives. Here and hereafter the psalmist would continue to praise the Lord, for the theme is an endless one, and remains for ever fresh and new. The birds sang God's praises before men were created, but redeemed men will sing his glories when the birds are no more. Jehovah, who ever lives and makes us to live shall be for ever exalted, and extolled in the songs of redeemed men.
I will sing praise to my God while I have my being. A resolve both happy for himself and glorifying to the Lord. Note the sweet title -- my God. We never sing so well as when we know that we have an interest in the good things of which we sing, and a relationship to the God whom we praise.
EXPLANATORY NOTES AND QUAINT SAYINGS
Verse 33. -- I will sing unto the Lord. The Psalmist, exulting in the glorious prospect of the renovation of all things, breaks out in triumphant anticipation of the great event, and says, "I will sing unto the Lord", ywxb bechaiyai, "with my lives," the life that I now have, and the life that I shall have hereafter.
"I will sing praise to my God," qdweb beodi, "in my eternity;" my going on, my endless progression. What astonishing ideas! But then, how shall this great work be brought about? and how shall the new earth be inhabited with righteous spirits only? The answer is Psalms 104:35 , "Let the sinners be consumed out of the earth, and let the wicked be no more." --Adam Clarke.
Verse 33 -- All having been admonished to glorify God, he discloses what he himself is about to do; with his voice he will declare his praises, "I will sing unto the Lord as long as I live:" with his hand he will write psalms, and set them to music, "I will sing psalms to my God while I have my being:" with his mind he will make sweet meditations, "My meditation of him shall be sweet:" with will and affection he will seek after God alone, "I will be glad in the Lord:" he predicts and desires the destruction of all sinners who think not of praising God, but dishonour him in their words and works, "Let the sinners be consumed out of the earth, and let the wicked be no more:" lastly, with his whole soul and all his powers he will bless God, "Bless thou the Lord, O my soul." --Le Blanc.
HINTS FOR PASTORS AND LAYPERSONS
Verse 33. --
- The singer -- "I."
Verse 33. -- Two "I wills."
- Because he made me live.
- Because he has made me to live in him.
- Because he is Jehovah and "my God."
- Because I shall live for ever, in the best sense.