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97:1 The LORD reigneth; let the earth rejoice; let the multitude of isles be glad thereof.
97:2 Clouds and darkness are round about him: righteousness and judgment are the habitation of his throne.
97:3 A fire goeth before him, and burneth up his enemies round about.
97:4 His lightnings enlightened the world: the earth saw, and trembled.
97:5 The hills melted like wax at the presence of the LORD, at the presence of the Lord of the whole earth.
97:6 The heavens declare his righteousness, and all the people see his glory.
97:7 Confounded be all they that serve graven images, that boast themselves of idols: worship him, all ye gods.
97:8 Zion heard, and was glad; and the daughters of Judah rejoiced because of thy judgments, O LORD.
97:9 For thou, LORD, art high above all the earth: thou art exalted far above all gods.
97:10 Ye that love the LORD, hate evil: he preserveth the souls of his saints; he delivereth them out of the hand of the wicked.
97:11 Light is sown for the righteous, and gladness for the upright in heart.
97:12 Rejoice in the LORD, ye righteous; and give thanks at the remembrance of his holiness.



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Everything King James Bible:Psalms
Matthew Henry's Concise Commentary on the Whole Bible
back to: Psalms
Book: Psalms
Chapter: 97

Overview:
The Lord Jesus reigns in power that cannot be resisted. (1-7)
His care of his people, and his provision for them. (8-12)

1-7 Though many have been made happy in Christ, still there is
room. And all have reason to rejoice in Christ's government.
There is a depth in his counsels, which we must not pretend to
Fathom; but still Righteousness and Judgment are the Habitation
of his Throne. Christ's government, though it might be matter of
joy to all, will yet be matter of terror to some; but it is
their own fault that it is So. The most resolute and daring
opposition will be baffled at the presence of the Lord. And the
Lord Jesus will ere long come, and Put an End to Idol Worship of
every kind.

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. Care is taken for their safety. But
something more is meant than their lives. The Lord will preserve
the souls of his saints from Sin, from apostasy, and despair,
under their greatest trials. He will deliver them out of the
hands of the wicked one, and preserve them safe to his heavenly
kingdom. And those that rejoice in Christ Jesus, and in his
exaltation, have fountains of joy prepared for them. Those that
sow in tears, shall reap in joy. Gladness is sure to the upright
in Heart; the joy of the Hypocrite is but for a moment. Sinners
tremble, but saints rejoice at God's Holiness. As he hates Sin,
yet freely loves the person of the repentant sinner who believes
in Christ, he will make a final separation between the person he
loves and the Sin he hates, and sanctify his people wholly,
body, soul, and Spirit.

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