Commentary for Psalms 97

The Lord Jesus reigns in power that cannot be resisted. (1-7) His care of his people, and his provision for them. (8-12)

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.

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.

Commentary by Matthew Henry, 1710.

Discussion for Psalms 97

  • Rev. Rodney Quesenberry on Psalms 97
    The last verse says give thanks at the remembrance of His Holiness. Unless we know holiness,we can’t give thanks for it. The Word says be ye Holy as He is Holy. It’s not something we do but what He does in us by His Spirit. He makes us Holy after the purging of the carnal nature we were born with, by the Holy Ghost. Hebrews 12 says without Holiness no one shall see God. Thank you Lord for Holiness
  • Hazel on Psalms 97
    Thank you Lord for your gift of love
  • BSP on Psalms 97
    Verse 10 tells us to hate what is evil or bad from God's standpoint. This takes effort because bad things may appeal to our fallen flesh.
  • Catherine on Psalms 97:1
    At this time of worldwide fear and dangerous politics , good to know that above and over all, God is on the throne judges righteously! Amen
  • Geraldine cole on Psalms 97
    God is all ways right Never Wrong!
  • Adelle Shemwell on Psalms 97
    Holy, Holy, Holy, Lord God Almighty. We praise you, O Lord.
  • Lena on Psalms 97
    I love and notice the many parts of the Bible that speak of creation, nature, and or God sovereign hand and rule in it! It 's just one more evidence that Jah is the one true God over all the earth and the Bible is His Word. No other religious book speaks so much about nature and creation from the Creators stand point. Or
  • Jul on Psalms 97
    pictorial expresessions present here. Where God 's kingdom 's authority presides, we encounter happiness in many places. As a lofty mountaintop will tend to be ringed by mists and clouds, so the place where righteousness and justice are given permanence is lofty, exalted.We see fire, lightnings, hills softening and eroding, something visible of the divine righteousness and its glory kids displaying joy when God 's judgments govern...
  • OKULLU AARON on Psalms 97
    the psalmist in verse 1 was showing how good is our GOD the ruler who rules with justice righteousness love goodness mercy forgiveness and all qualities and that s why he said let the earth rejoice
  • Alberta on Psalms 97:10
    I appreciate this scripture because God does care about his servants and he will always protect us, all we have to do is draw close to God and he will draw close to us.


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