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Psalm 93

The Majesty of God’s Rule

1

The Lord is king, he is robed in majesty;

the Lord is robed, he is girded with strength.

He has established the world; it shall never be moved;

2

your throne is established from of old;

you are from everlasting.

 

3

The floods have lifted up, O Lord,

the floods have lifted up their voice;

the floods lift up their roaring.

4

More majestic than the thunders of mighty waters,

more majestic than the waves of the sea,

majestic on high is the Lord!

 

5

Your decrees are very sure;

holiness befits your house,

O Lord, forevermore.

Psalm 94

God the Avenger of the Righteous

1

O Lord, you God of vengeance,

you God of vengeance, shine forth!

2

Rise up, O judge of the earth;

give to the proud what they deserve!

3

O Lord, how long shall the wicked,

how long shall the wicked exult?

 

4

They pour out their arrogant words;

all the evildoers boast.

5

They crush your people, O Lord,

and afflict your heritage.

6

They kill the widow and the stranger,

they murder the orphan,

7

and they say, “The Lord does not see;

the God of Jacob does not perceive.”

 

8

Understand, O dullest of the people;

fools, when will you be wise?

9

He who planted the ear, does he not hear?

He who formed the eye, does he not see?

10

He who disciplines the nations,

he who teaches knowledge to humankind,

does he not chastise?

11

The Lord knows our thoughts,

that they are but an empty breath.

 

12

Happy are those whom you discipline, O Lord,

and whom you teach out of your law,

13

giving them respite from days of trouble,

until a pit is dug for the wicked.

14

For the Lord will not forsake his people;

he will not abandon his heritage;

15

for justice will return to the righteous,

and all the upright in heart will follow it.

 

16

Who rises up for me against the wicked?

Who stands up for me against evildoers?

17

If the Lord had not been my help,

my soul would soon have lived in the land of silence.

18

When I thought, “My foot is slipping,”

your steadfast love, O Lord, held me up.

19

When the cares of my heart are many,

your consolations cheer my soul.

20

Can wicked rulers be allied with you,

those who contrive mischief by statute?

21

They band together against the life of the righteous,

and condemn the innocent to death.

22

But the Lord has become my stronghold,

and my God the rock of my refuge.

23

He will repay them for their iniquity

and wipe them out for their wickedness;

the Lord our God will wipe them out.

Psalm 95

A Call to Worship and Obedience

1

O come, let us sing to the Lord;

let us make a joyful noise to the rock of our salvation!

2

Let us come into his presence with thanksgiving;

let us make a joyful noise to him with songs of praise!

3

For the Lord is a great God,

and a great King above all gods.

4

In his hand are the depths of the earth;

the heights of the mountains are his also.

5

The sea is his, for he made it,

and the dry land, which his hands have formed.

 

6

O come, let us worship and bow down,

let us kneel before the Lord, our Maker!

7

For he is our God,

and we are the people of his pasture,

and the sheep of his hand.

 

O that today you would listen to his voice!

8

Do not harden your hearts, as at Meribah,

as on the day at Massah in the wilderness,

9

when your ancestors tested me,

and put me to the proof, though they had seen my work.

10

For forty years I loathed that generation

and said, “They are a people whose hearts go astray,

and they do not regard my ways.”

11

Therefore in my anger I swore,

“They shall not enter my rest.”

Psalm 96

Praise to God Who Comes in Judgment

1

O sing to the Lord a new song;

sing to the Lord, all the earth.

2

Sing to the Lord, bless his name;

tell of his salvation from day to day.

3

Declare his glory among the nations,

his marvelous works among all the peoples.

4

For great is the Lord, and greatly to be praised;

he is to be revered above all gods.

5

For all the gods of the peoples are idols,

but the Lord made the heavens.

6

Honor and majesty are before him;

strength and beauty are in his sanctuary.

 

7

Ascribe to the Lord, O families of the peoples,

ascribe to the Lord glory and strength.

8

Ascribe to the Lord the glory due his name;

bring an offering, and come into his courts.

9

Worship the Lord in holy splendor;

tremble before him, all the earth.

 

10

Say among the nations, “The Lord is king!

The world is firmly established; it shall never be moved.

He will judge the peoples with equity.”

11

Let the heavens be glad, and let the earth rejoice;

let the sea roar, and all that fills it;

12

let the field exult, and everything in it.

Then shall all the trees of the forest sing for joy

13

before the Lord; for he is coming,

for he is coming to judge the earth.

He will judge the world with righteousness,

and the peoples with his truth.

Psalm 97

The Glory of God’s Reign

1

The Lord is king! Let the earth rejoice;

let the many coastlands be glad!

2

Clouds and thick darkness are all around him;

righteousness and justice are the foundation of his throne.

3

Fire goes before him,

and consumes his adversaries on every side.

4

His lightnings light up the world;

the earth sees and trembles.

5

The mountains melt like wax before the Lord,

before the Lord of all the earth.

 

6

The heavens proclaim his righteousness;

and all the peoples behold his glory.

7

All worshipers of images are put to shame,

those who make their boast in worthless idols;

all gods bow down before him.

8

Zion hears and is glad,

and the towns of Judah rejoice,

because of your judgments, O God.

9

For you, O Lord, are most high over all the earth;

you are exalted far above all gods.

 

10

The Lord loves those who hate evil;

he guards the lives of his faithful;

he rescues them from the hand of the wicked.

11

Light dawns for the righteous,

and joy for the upright in heart.

12

Rejoice in the Lord, O you righteous,

and give thanks to his holy name!

Psalm 98

Praise the Judge of the World

A Psalm.

1

O sing to the Lord a new song,

for he has done marvelous things.

His right hand and his holy arm

have gotten him victory.

2

The Lord has made known his victory;

he has revealed his vindication in the sight of the nations.

3

He has remembered his steadfast love and faithfulness

to the house of Israel.

All the ends of the earth have seen

the victory of our God.

 

4

Make a joyful noise to the Lord, all the earth;

break forth into joyous song and sing praises.

5

Sing praises to the Lord with the lyre,

with the lyre and the sound of melody.

6

With trumpets and the sound of the horn

make a joyful noise before the King, the Lord.

 

7

Let the sea roar, and all that fills it;

the world and those who live in it.

8

Let the floods clap their hands;

let the hills sing together for joy

9

at the presence of the Lord, for he is coming

to judge the earth.

He will judge the world with righteousness,

and the peoples with equity.

Psalm 99

Praise to God for His Holiness

1

The Lord is king; let the peoples tremble!

He sits enthroned upon the cherubim; let the earth quake!

2

The Lord is great in Zion;

he is exalted over all the peoples.

3

Let them praise your great and awesome name.

Holy is he!

4

Mighty King, lover of justice,

you have established equity;

you have executed justice

and righteousness in Jacob.

5

Extol the Lord our God;

worship at his footstool.

Holy is he!

 

6

Moses and Aaron were among his priests,

Samuel also was among those who called on his name.

They cried to the Lord, and he answered them.

7

He spoke to them in the pillar of cloud;

they kept his decrees,

and the statutes that he gave them.

 

8

O Lord our God, you answered them;

you were a forgiving God to them,

but an avenger of their wrongdoings.

9

Extol the Lord our God,

and worship at his holy mountain;

for the Lord our God is holy.


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Verses 7–15

God sometimes grants prosperity to wicked men in displeasure; yet they flourish but for a moment. Let us seek for ourselves the salvation and grace of the gospel, that being daily anointed by the Holy Spirit, we may behold and share the Redeemer's glory. It is from his grace, by his word and Spirit, that believers receive all the virtue that keeps them alive, and makes them fruitful. Other trees, when old, leave off bearing, but in God's trees the strength of grace does not fail with the strength of nature. The last days of the saints are sometimes their best days, and their last work their best work: perseverance is sure evidence of sincerity. And may every sabbath, while it shows forth the Divine faithfulness, find our souls resting more and more upon the Lord our righteousness.

Verses 1–11

We may with boldness appeal to God; for he is the almighty Judge by whom every man is judged. Let this encourage those who suffer wrong, to bear it with silence, committing themselves to Him who judges righteously. These prayers are prophecies, which speak terror to the sons of violence. There will come a day of reckoning for all the hard speeches which ungodly sinners have spoken against God, his truths, and ways, and people. It would hardly be believed, if we did not witness it, that millions of rational creatures should live, move, speak, hear, understand, and do what they purpose, yet act as if they believed that God would not punish the abuse of his gifts. As all knowledge is from God, no doubt he knows all the thoughts of the children of men, and knows that the imaginations of the thoughts of men's hearts are only evil, and that continually. Even in good thoughts there is a want of being fixed, which may be called vanity. It concerns us to keep a strict watch over our thoughts, because God takes particular notice of them. Thoughts are words to God.

Verses 12–23

That man is blessed, who, under the chastening of the Lord, is taught his will and his truths, from his holy word, and by the Holy Spirit. He should see mercy through his sufferings. There is a rest remaining for the people of God after the days of their adversity, which shall not last always. He that sends the trouble, will send the rest. The psalmist found succour and relief only in the Lord, when all earthly friends failed. We are beholden, not only to God's power, but to his pity, for spiritual supports; and if we have been kept from falling into sin, or shrinking from our duty, we should give him the glory, and encourage our brethren. The psalmist had many troubled thoughts concerning the case he was in, concerning the course he should take, and what was likely to be the end of it. The indulgence of such contrivances and fears, adds to care and distrust, and renders our views more gloomy and confused. Good men sometimes have perplexed and distressed thoughts concerning God. But let them look to the great and precious promises of the gospel. The world's comforts give little delight to the soul, when hurried with melancholy thoughts; but God's comforts bring that peace and pleasure which the smiles of the world cannot give, and which the frowns of the world cannot take away. God is his people's Refuge, to whom they may flee, in whom they are safe, and may be secure. And he will reckon with the wicked. A man cannot be more miserable than his own wickedness will make him, if the Lord visit it upon him.

Verses 1–7

Whenever we come into God's presence, we must come with thanksgiving. The Lord is to be praised; we do not want matter, it were well if we did not want a heart. How great is that God, whose the whole earth is, and the fulness thereof; who directs and disposes of all!, The Lord Jesus, whom we are here taught to praise, is a great God; the mighty God is one of his titles, and God over all, blessed for evermore. To him all power is given, both in heaven and earth. He is our God, and we should praise him. He is our Saviour, and the Author of our blessedness. The gospel church is his flock, Christ is the great and good Shepherd of believers; he sought them when lost, and brought them to his fold.

Verses 7–11

Christ calls upon his people to hear his voice. You call him Master, or Lord; then be his willing, obedient people. Hear the voice of his doctrine, of his law, and in both, of his Spirit: hear and heed; hear and yield. Christ's voice must be heard to-day. This day of opportunity will not last always; improve it while it is called to-day. Hearing the voice of Christ is the same with believing. Hardness of heart is at the bottom of all distrust of the Lord. The sins of others ought to be warnings to us not to tread in their steps. The murmurings of Israel were written for our admonition. God is not subject to such passions as we are; but he is very angry at sin and sinners. That certainly is evil, which deserves such a recompence; and his threatenings are as sure as his promises. Let us be aware of the evils of our hearts, which lead us to wander from the Lord. There is a rest ordained for believers, the rest of everlasting refreshment, begun in this life, and perfected in the life to come. This is the rest which God calls his rest.

Verses 1–9

When Christ finished his work on earth, and was received into his glory in heaven, the church began to sing a new song unto him, and to bless his name. His apostles and evangelists showed forth his salvation among the heathen, his wonders among all people. All the earth is here summoned to worship the Lord. We must worship him in the beauty of holiness, as God in Christ, reconciling the world unto himself. Glorious things are said of him, both as motives to praise and matter of praise.

Verses 10–13

We are to hope and pray for that time, when Christ shall reign in righteousness over all nations. He shall rule in the hearts of men, by the power of truth, and the Spirit of righteousness. His coming draws nigh; this King, this Judge standeth before the door, but he is not yet come. The Lord will accept the praises of all who seek to promote the kingdom of Christ. The sea can but roar, and how the trees of the wood can show that they rejoice we know not; but He that searches the heart knows what is the mind of the Spirit, and understands the words, the broken language of the weakest. Christ will come to judge the earth, to execute just vengeance on his enemies, and to fulfil his largest promises to his people. What then are we? Would that day be welcome to us? If this be not our case, let us now begin to prepare to meet our God, by seeking the pardon of our sins, and the renewal of our souls to holiness.

Verses 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.

Verses 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 apostacy, 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.

Verses 1–3

A song of praise for redeeming love is a new song, a mystery hidden from ages and generations. Converts sing a new song, very different from what they had sung. If the grace of God put a new heart into our breasts, it will put a new song into our mouths. Let this new song be sung to the praise of God, in consideration of the wonders he has wrought. The Redeemer has overcome all difficulties in the way of our redemption, and was not discouraged by the services or sufferings appointed him. Let us praise him for the discoveries made to the world of the work of redemption; his salvation and his righteousness fulfilling the prophecies and promises of the Old Testament. In pursuance of this design, God raised up his Son Jesus to be not only a Light to lighten the Gentiles, but the glory of his people Israel. Surely it behoves us to inquire whether his holy arm hath gotten the victory in our hearts, over the power of Satan, unbelief, and sin? If this be our happy case, we shall exchange all light songs of vanity for songs of joy and thanksgiving; our lives will celebrate the Redeemer's praise.

Verses 4–9

Let all the children of men rejoice in the setting up the kingdom of Christ, for all may benefit by it. The different orders of rational creatures in the universe, seem to be described in figurative language in the reign of the great Messiah. The kingdom of Christ will be a blessing to the whole creation. We expect his second coming to begin his glorious reign. Then shall heaven and earth rejoice, and the joy of the redeemed shall be full. But sin and its dreadful effects will not be utterly done away, till the Lord come to judge the world in righteousness. Seeing then that we look for such things, let us give diligence that we may be found of him in peace, without spot, and blameless.

Verses 1–5

God governs the world by his providence, governs the church by his grace, and both by his Son. The inhabitants of the earth have cause to tremble, but the Redeemer still waits to be gracious. Let all who hear, take warning, and seek his mercy. The more we humble ourselves before God, the more we exalt him; and let us be thus reverent, for he is holy.

Verses 6–9

The happiness of Israel is made out by referring to the most useful governors of that people. They in every thing made God's word and law their rule, knowing that they could not else expect that their prayers should be answered. They all wonderfully prevailed with God in prayer; miracles were wrought at their request. They pleaded for the people, and obtained answers of peace. Our Prophet and High Priest, of infinitely greater dignity than Moses, Aaron, or Samuel, has received and declared to us the will of the Father. Let us not only exalt the Lord with our lips, but give him the throne in our heart; and while we worship him upon his mercy-seat, let us never forget that he is holy.




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