Reading the Word
Psalm 97:1–5 (ESV)
1 The LORD reigns, let the earth rejoice;
let the many coastlands be glad!
2 Clouds and thick darkness are all around him;
righteousness and justice are the foundation of his throne.
3 Fire goes before him
and burns up his adversaries all around.
4 His lightnings light up the world;
the earth sees and trembles.
5 The mountains melt like wax before the LORD,
before the Lord of all the earth.
Understanding and Applying the Word
The Lord reigns! This is the proclamation of Psalm 97. Notice that it does not say that we need to let the Lord reign. That is not up to us. He does reign. He is the Almighty and all of us will answer to him.
The words of this psalm are a reminder to us that we are under an authority. All of creation acknowledges this truth. The question is what will we do? For those who serve the Lord, there is joy and gladness because he is righteous and just. For the enemies of God, there will be judgment and condemnation.
Know that the Lord is King of kings. Come and serve him!
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