Psalm 97 begins with two sentences from Psalm 96: "The LORD reigns" (from verse 10) and "let the earth be glad" (from verse 11). It is a way of reminding us that these two psalms, as well as Psalms 93-100, belong together and that their theme is the kingly rule of God. The words "Jehovah reigns” (or “Jehovah is king") are found in nearly all of them.

1. God rules all history now. It is difficult to appreciate this fact sometimes because there is so much unrighteousness and violence in the world. Nevertheless, God does rule in the sense that he both holds the evil in check and also intervenes to judge it in history from time to time.


Derek Kidner calls the third stanza of this four-part poem "The King's Due,” which is a good description since it is about the glory due God for his greatness (vv. 7-9).

Derek Kidner calls the first six verses of the psalm "The King's Glory." The first point the psalmist makes about God's glory, that is, why he is "most worthy of praise," is that "he is to be feared above all gods” (v. 4).

As we saw yesterday, Psalm 96 provides a model of how we can praise God. There are two things to notice especially.