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Psalms 97

The majesty of God's Kingdom.

Psalms 97:1 The LORD reigneth; let the earth rejoice; let the multitude of isles be glad. Psalms 97:2 Clouds and darkness are round about him: righteousness and judgment are the foundation of his throne. Psalms 97:3 A fire goeth before him, and burneth up his adversaries round about. Psalms 97:4 His lightnings lightened the world: the earth saw, and trembled. Psalms 97:5 The hills melted like wax at the presence of the LORD, at the presence of the Lord of the whole earth; Psalms 97:6 The heavens declare his righteousness, and all the peoples have seen his glory.

The Church rejoiceth at God's judgments upon idolaters.

Psalms 97:7 Ashamed be all they that serve graven images, that boast themselves of idols: worship him, all ye gods. Psalms 97:8 Zion heard and was glad, and the daughters of Judah rejoiced; because of thy judgments, O LORD. Psalms 97:9 For thou, LORD, art most high above all the earth: thou art exalted far above all gods.

An exhortation to goodness and gladness.

Psalms 97:10 O ye that love the LORD, hate evil: he preserveth the souls of his saints; he delivereth them out of the hand of the wicked. Psalms 97:11 Light is sown for the righteous, and gladness for the upright in heart. Psalms 97:12 Be glad in the LORD, ye righteous; and give thanks to his holy name.

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