97:1 The a LORD reigneth; let the earth rejoice; let the b multitude of isles be glad [thereof].
(a) He shows that where God reigns, there is all
happiness and spiritual joy.
(b) For the gospel will not only be preached in
Judea, but through all isles and countries.
Clouds and darkness [are] round about him: righteousness and judgment [are] the
habitation of his throne.
(c) He is thus described to keep his enemies in
fear, who commonly contemn God's power.
97:4 His lightnings enlightened
the world: the earth saw, and d
(d) This fear does not bring the wicked to true
obedience, but makes them run away from God.
Confounded be all they that serve graven images, that boast themselves of idols:
worship him, f all [ye] gods.
(e) He signifies that God's judgments are ready
to destroy the idolatry.
(f) Let all who are esteemed in the world fall
down before him.
97:8 Zion heard, and was glad; and the g
daughters of Judah rejoiced because of thy judgments, O LORD.
(g) The Jews will have opportunity to rejoice
that the Gentiles are made partakers with them of God's favour.
97:10 Ye that h
love the LORD, hate evil: he preserveth the souls of his saints; he delivereth
them out of the hand of the wicked.
(h) He requires two things from his children: the
one that they detest vice, the other, that they put their trust in God for
Light is sown for the righteous, and gladness for the upright in heart.
(i) Though God's deliverance does not appear
suddenly, yet it is sown and laid up in store for them.
97:12 Rejoice in the LORD, ye righteous; and give
thanks at the k remembrance of his
(k) Be mindful of his benefits and only trust in