Psalm 33:12 Parallel Verses [⇓ See commentary ⇓]

Psalm 33:12, NIV: Blessed is the nation whose God is the LORD, the people he chose for his inheritance.

Psalm 33:12, ESV: Blessed is the nation whose God is the LORD, the people whom he has chosen as his heritage!

Psalm 33:12, KJV: Blessed is the nation whose God is the LORD; and the people whom he hath chosen for his own inheritance.

Psalm 33:12, NASB: Blessed is the nation whose God is the LORD, The people He has chosen for His own inheritance.

Psalm 33:12, NLT: What joy for the nation whose God is the LORD, whose people he has chosen as his inheritance.

Psalm 33:12, CSB: Happy is the nation whose God is the Lord -- the people he has chosen to be his own possession!

What does Psalm 33:12 mean? [⇑ See verse text ⇑]

This verse holds a great promise for the nation that honors God as its God (Proverbs 14:34). David rejoiced that Israel's God was the true God. He refers to Israel as "blessed," meaning "spiritually prosperous" or "happy." In Deuteronomy 4:20 we learn that the Lord chose Israel. Addressing Israel, Moses announces: "But the LORD has taken you and brought you out of the iron furnace, out of Egypt, to be a people of his own inheritance, as you are this day."

Whether the literal nation of Israel, or those who come to faith in Christ, the people of God have no reason to boast about their special relationship to God. The relationship is not rooted in human merit but in divine mercy. Today, Christians are God's people by grace. Ephesians 2:8–9 makes it clear that salvation is entirely a work of divine grace, not of works, so no one can boast. Reflecting on Christians' relationship to God, the apostle John writes: "See what kind of love the Father has given to us, that we should be called children of God; and so we are" (1 John 3:1).