Creator of everything and everyone, will rule over His creation. What has happened in verse 1 that would cause rejoicing? Q. 12:29). Clouds and thick darkness are round about him; justice and judgement are the support of his throne! 1:15; Matt. But something more is meant than their lives. for) him. Sinners tremble, but saints “The Lord reigneth” is the watchword of this psalm (47:8; 93:1; 96:10; 99:1; The only The __________ declare His righteousness.
Yahweh is not passive, nor the “watchmaker” who created all things and then left it alone. iTunes

How Can an Omnipresent God Be in Hell if that is Eternal Separation from God? because of thy judgments, O LORD.". We can b. Righteousness and justice are the foundation of His throne: God’s throne is not based on deception, bribery, the blood of conquest, or even hereditary right. It occurs in a group of psalms (93-100) that joyfully emphasize God’s kingship. Jesus is the Light of the world. Psalm 97 proclaims God’s glory to the earth and all its people. Who is the Light in the church? Some people believe that, but they are wrong. God “is hidden in the mystery of clouds and thick darkness, irresistible fire proceeds him, lightning and thunder manifest his power… the unqualified sovereignty of God.”3 But that sovereignty, as James Luther Mays points out, is not based on brute force. When will there be joy unspeakable for the believer?

Even the dignity of Christ's person, and the The angels of heaven; so the Targum. Think about *idols and false gods. Psalm 97:3 Psalm 97:5 Read Psalm 97:4. feeling deep down inside us. clear night sky and see His glory all around us. judgment [are] the habitation of his throne.". The key question is, have you repented of your sin and trusted Christ before you die? 11 Light is sown for the righteous, and gladness for the upright in heart. It is from the light of Jesus, that the gospel has grown around the world. “Zion heard this and was glad, and the daughters of Judah have rejoiced, because of Your judgments, O Lord. 19:11-21).

The Christians will rejoice with great joy.

“Hills melted”: At the coming of the Lord, the mountains will fade away (compare Must they be made 1:18). Who will be the only ones who will not rejoice? His countenance was like lightning, and His raiment ________ as _______. Why? “Tempted me”: This is a reference to the same event (verse 8), also called “Massah” (translated “testing”), when God brought water out of the rock (Exodus 17:7; compare Deut. We know that our God is a consuming fire. You But it is their That command is obvious and perfectly logical, and yet it jars you.

The mountains melt like wax: “Men cannot move the hills, with difficulty do they climb them, with incredible toil do they pierce their way through their fastnesses, but it is not so with the Lord, his presence makes a clear pathway, obstacles disappear, a highway is made, and that not by his hand as though it cost him pains, but by his mere presence, for power goes forth from him with a word or a glance.” (Spurgeon), v. All the peoples see His glory: “This will be more eminently the case at the second advent, when the trumpet of the archangel shall proclaim his approach in the clouds of heaven, and all the tribes of the earth shall see him coming in the glory of his Father, with the holy angels.” (Horne). b. Zion hears and is glad: The whole earth benefits from the majestic and awesome revelation of God, but His people are especially glad. His countenance was like lightning, and His raiment ________ as _______. now, before all of this has been revealed, we have nothing to do but look into a Click to enable/disable _ga - Google Analytics Cookie. When I told him that I was preparing this sermon on Psalm 97, he said that he had read Psalm 97 to his family in their devotions that evening. “…preserves would be better rendered ‘guards’ or ‘watches over’; and lives [souls] is a word that includes the whole person. We do know that this light is so great that nothing can withstand it. Who had his head so bright after a close encounter with God that it had to be We 7.      Please see our Privacy Policy for cookie usage details. The LORD reigns: Like Psalm 93, this psalm begins suddenly and wonderfully with the proclamation of Yahweh’s rule. He delivers them out of the hand of the wicked. And give thanks at the remembrance of His holy name. And at the remembrance of And as a divine Person, he is the Most high God, 14:4, 10). This again, is probably speaking from the spiritual standpoint. Image © by Matthew Nelson. “The hand of the wicked” will not prevail (97:10). 651.641.3508 By commanding the idols to worship the true God, the psalmist is using sarcasm, saying, “Your so-called gods, if they have any real being at all, must worship the only true God.” Even if the idolaters were consciously worshiping demons, those demons are subject to the Sovereign God. The Psalm proclaims “God’s reign [which] offers the righteous hope in their opposition to evil. righteousness, in the glass of the Gospel.

joy and gladness in the saints. We hate evil, Does the Lord reign over terrorists who blow up innocent victims? round Judah had their own gods. As American Christians, we’ve overemphasized His love to the point that we’ve set aside His holiness and His judgment of all sin.

Notice in the last part of the verse Christ is a fire that burns out the evil and leaves the good.

Psalm 97:1 "The LORD reigneth; let the earth rejoice; let the multitude of isles That is why some Bible students say that this is a psalm about the end of the world. “Clouds and darkness”: Such a description emphasizes the terrifying effect of

of his enemies. Announcement of the Reign of the Lord (97:1-2). If you refuse cookies we will remove all set cookies in our domain. Psalm 97 – The Greatness and Wisdom of God.

And the Lord Jesus will before long come, and put Copyright, Steven J. Cole, 2009, All Rights Reserved.
His lightnings lit up the world; the earth saw and trembled.

He protects His own. His wrath itself, which 12. The glory of Christ himself, as the only

There would be no good news own fault that it is so.

world (compare Isa. 9:11-24). He supports this with Ephesians 1:11, that God “works all things after the counsel of His will.”. “Sir, do you think God governed the world very well before you came into it?”, “And sir, do you think that He will govern it quite as well when you are gone out of it?”, “Then, sir, excuse me, but do you not think you may trust him to govern it quite as well while you are living?”. (Read Psalm 97:8-12) The faithful servants of God may well rejoice and be glad, because he is glorified; and whatever tends to his honour, is his people's pleasure. ("Glorious" means "has a lot of *glory".)

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