The majesty of God's Kingdom.
Psalms 97:1 The Lord is king, the earth may be glad therof: yea, the multitude of the Iles may be glad therof. Psalms 97:2 Cloudes & darkenesse are round about him, righteousnesse & iudgement are þe habitacion of hys seate. Psalms 97:3 There goeth a fyre before hym, to burne vp hys enemyes on euery syde. Psalms 97:4 Hys lightenynges geue shyne vnto the worlde, the earth seyth it, and is afrayed. Psalms 97:5 The hilles melt like waxe at the presence of the lord of the whole earth. Psalms 97:6 The very heauens declare his righteousnes, and all the people se his glory.
The Church rejoiceth at God's judgments upon idolaters.
Psalms 97:7 Confounded be all thei that worship ymages, and delyte in their Idols: worship him all ye Goddes. Psalms 97:8 Sion heareth of it & reioyseth: yea, & all þe daughters of Iuda are glad because of thy iudgementes, O lorde. Psalms 97:9 For thou lorde art the most hyest ouer all the earth, thou arte exalted farre aboue all goddes.
An exhortation to goodness and gladness.
Psalms 97:10 O ye that loue the lorde, se that ye hate þt thyng whiche is euell: the lorde preserueth þe soules of his saynctes, he shall deliuer them from the hande of the vngodly. Psalms 97:11 There is sprong vp a lighte for the ryghteous, and a ioyfull gladnesse for suche as be true herted. Psalms 97:12 Reioyse therfore in the lorde, ye ryghteous: and geue thankes for a remembraunce of hys holinesse.