December 09, 2002 Copyright © by United States Conference of Catholic Bishops
- 1 Rejoice, you just, in the LORD; praise from the upright is fitting.
- Give thanks to the LORD on the harp; on the ten-stringed lyre offer praise.
- Sing to God a new song; skillfully play with joyful chant.
- For the LORD'S word is true; all his works are trustworthy.
- The LORD loves justice and right and fills the earth with goodness.
- 2 By the LORD'S word the heavens were made; by the breath of his mouth all their host.
- 3 The waters of the sea were gathered as in a bowl; in cellars the deep was confined.
- Let all the earth fear the LORD; let all who dwell in the world show reverence.
- For he spoke, and it came to be, commanded, and it stood in place.
- The LORD foils the plan of nations, frustrates the designs of peoples.
- But the plan of the LORD stands forever, wise designs through all generations.
- Happy the nation whose God is the LORD, the people chosen as his very own.
- From heaven the LORD looks down and observes the whole human race,
- Surveying from the royal throne all who dwell on earth.
- The one who fashioned the hearts of them all knows all their works.
- A king is not saved by a mighty army, nor a warrior delivered by great strength.
- Useless is the horse for safety; its great strength, no sure escape.
- But the LORD'S eyes are upon the reverent, upon those who hope for his gracious help,
- Delivering them from death, keeping them alive in times of famine.
- Our soul waits for the LORD, who is our help and shield.
- For in God our hearts rejoice; in your holy name we trust.
- May your kindness, LORD, be upon us; we have put our hope in you.
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1 [Psalm 33] A hymn in which the just are invited (Psalm 33:1-3) to praise God, who by a mere word (Psalm 33:4-5) created the three-tiered universe of the heavens, the cosmic waters, and the earth (Psalm 33:6-9). Human words, in contrast, effect nothing (Psalm 33:10-11). The greatness of human beings consists in God's choosing them as a special people and their faithful response (Psalm 33:12-22).
2  All their host: the stars of the sky are commonly viewed as a vast army, e.g., Nehemiah 9:6; Isaiah 40:26; 45:12; Jeremiah 33:22.
3  The waters . . . as in a bowl: ancients sometimes attributed the power keeping the seas from overwhelming land to a primordial victory of the storm-god over personified Sea. God confines the seas as easily as one puts water in a bowl.
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