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FRAMEWORKS: Psa 97: Rejoice in the Lord


[Preliminary Comments: Another untitled psalm that extols the Lord, calling the earth to recognise Hos greatnes and rejoice in Him [v.1]. His holiness is expressed in the ways He separates Himself from His creation and the impact it has on His creation [v.2-6]. His greatness and worth of worship is contrasted with idol worship [v.7-9]. Finally there is a call to His faithful ones to stand out [v.10] for light and joy are theirs [v.11], with a final call to rejoice in Him [v.12]. Another simple call to rejoice in God.]



v.1 Declaration of the Lord's sovereign rule & a call to rejoice in Him


v.1  The Lord reigns, let the earth be glad;
     let the distant shores rejoice.


v.2-6 Expressions of His Holiness and it's impact on the earth


v.2  Clouds and thick darkness surround him;
     righteousness and justice are the foundation of his throne.
v.3  Fire goes before him
     and consumes his foes on every side.
v.4  His lightning lights up the world;
     the earth sees and trembles.
v.5  The mountains melt like wax before the Lord,
     before the Lord of all the earth.
v.6  The heavens proclaim his righteousness,
     and all peoples see his glory.


v.7-9 Image worship contrasted with worship of Him who is Lord over all


v.7  All who worship images are put to shame,
     those who boast in idols 
     worship him, all you gods!

v.8  Zion hears and rejoices
     and the villages of Judah are glad
     because of your judgments, Lord.
v.9  For you, Lord , are the Most High over all the earth;
     you are exalted far above all gods.

v.10-12 Blessings on the righteous & a call to rejoice in Him


v.10  Let those who love the Lord hate evil,
     for he guards the lives of his faithful ones
     and delivers them from the hand of the wicked.
v.11  Light shines on the righteous
     and joy on the upright in heart.
v.12  Rejoice in the Lord, you who are righteous,
     and praise his holy name.



[Additional Comments: Go back through these verses and identify what the psalm says about the Lord and then what it says about His people.]



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