corner graphic

Bible Commentaries

Commentary Critical and Explanatory on the Whole Bible

Psalms 97

 

 

Verse 1-2

Psalm 97:1-12. The writer celebrates the Lord‘s dominion over nations and nature, describes its effect on foes and friends, and exhorts and encourages the latter.

This dominion is a cause of joy, because, even though our minds are oppressed with terror before the throne of the King of kings (Exodus 19:16; Deuteronomy 5:22), we know it is based on righteous principles and judgments which are according to truth.


Verses 3-5

The attending illustrations of God‘s awful justice on enemies (Psalm 83:14) are seen in the disclosures of His almighty power on the elements of nature (compare Psalm 46:2; Psalm 77:17; Habakkuk 3:6, etc.).


Verse 6

heavens — or, their inhabitants (Psalm 50:6), as opposed to “nations” in the latter clause (compare Isaiah 40:5; Isaiah 66:18).


Verse 7

Idolaters are utterly put to shame, for if angels must worship Him, how much more those who worshipped them.

all ye gods — literally, “all ye angels” (Psalm 8:5; Psalm 138:1; Hebrews 1:6; Hebrews 2:7). Paul quotes, not as a prophecy, but as language used in regard to the Lord Jehovah, who in the Old Testament theophania is the second person of the Godhead.


Verse 8-9

The exaltation of Zion‘s king is joy to the righteous and sorrow to the wicked.

daughters of Judah — (Compare Psalm 48:11).


Verse 9

above all gods — (Psalm 95:3).


Verses 10-12

Let gratitude for the blessings of providence and grace incite saints (Psalm 4:3) to holy living. Spiritual blessings are in store, represented by light (Psalm 27:1) and gladness.


Verse 11

sown — to spring forth abundantly for such, who alone can and well may rejoice in the holy government of their sovereign Lord (compare Psalm 30:4; Psalm 32:11).

 


Copyright Statement
These files are a derivative of an electronic edition prepared from text scanned by Woodside Bible Fellowship.
This expanded edition of the Jameison-Faussett-Brown Commentary is in the public domain and may be freely used and distributed.

Bibliography Information
Jamieson, Robert, D.D.; Fausset, A. R.; Brown, David. "Commentary on Psalms 97:4". "Commentary Critical and Explanatory on the Whole Bible". http://odl.studylight.org/commentaries/jfb/psalms-97.html. 1871-8.

Commentary Navigator
Search This Commentary
Enter query in the box below
To report dead links, typos, or html errors or suggestions about making these resources more useful use our convenient contact form
Powered by Lightspeed Technology