Psalms 33:18-22

18 But the eyes of the LORD are on those who fear him, on those whose hope is in his unfailing love,
19 to deliver them from death and keep them alive in famine.
20 We wait in hope for the LORD; he is our help and our shield.
21 In him our hearts rejoice, for we trust in his holy name.
22 May your unfailing love be with us, LORD, even as we put our hope in you.

Psalms 33:18-22 Meaning and Commentary

INTRODUCTION TO PSALM 33

Though this psalm has no title to it, it seems to be a psalm of David, from the style and matter of it; and indeed begins with the same words with which the preceding psalm is ended. Theodoret is of opinion it was written by David as a prophecy concerning Hezekiah, as a song to be sung by the people after the destruction of the Assyrian army.

Psalms 33:18-22 In-Context

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.
18 But the eyes of the LORD are on those who fear him, on those whose hope is in his unfailing love,
19 to deliver them from death and keep them alive in famine.
20 We wait in hope for the LORD; he is our help and our shield.
21 In him our hearts rejoice, for we trust in his holy name.
22 May your unfailing love be with us, LORD, even as we put our hope in you.

Cross References 8

  • 1. S Exodus 3:16; S Psalms 11:4; 1 Peter 3:12; Job 36:7; Psalms 34:15
  • 2. S Psalms 6:4; Psalms 147:11
  • 3. Psalms 56:13; Acts 12:11
  • 4. S Job 5:20
  • 5. S Psalms 27:14; Psalms 130:6
  • 6. S 1 Samuel 2:1; S Joel 2:23; Zechariah 10:7; John 16:22
  • 7. S Psalms 30:4; S Psalms 99:3
  • 8. Psalms 6:4
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