Weds 25 November - Psalm 93
1 The Lord reigns, he is robed in majesty;
the Lord is robed in majesty and armed with strength;
indeed, the world is established, firm and secure.
2 Your throne was established long ago;
you are from all eternity.
3 The seas have lifted up, Lord,
the seas have lifted up their voice;
the seas have lifted up their pounding waves.
4 Mightier than the thunder of the great waters,
mightier than the breakers of the sea –
the Lord on high is mighty.
5 Your statutes, Lord, stand firm;
holiness adorns your house
for endless days.
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Meditation on Psalm 93
This Psalm is the first of a group of eight Psalms that celebrate the LORD as King.
It’s opening words ‘The LORD reigns’ is repeated in other Psalms in this group. We also read that He is ‘the great King’ (Psalm 95:3) and ‘the King is mighty’ (Psalm 99:4)
The LORD is sovereign. Is that what we see when we look around today?
Just think globally for a minute….
The pandemic; earthquakes; floods; hurricanes; drought; swarms of locusts; famine; HIV/AIDS; wars; political turmoil – the list goes on.
Think nationally or even locally for another minute… the evil; the wickedness; the crimes that seem to go on unchecked.
What about the increasing burden of debt, the break-up of families, the increasing ignorance of God?
Have you ever stopped to ask the question, “Where are you, God?”
Habakkuk did – twice. Read Habakkuk 1:1-4 and 1:12-2:1.
In answer to both sets of questions, God came back with some extraordinary answers which caused Habakkuk to keep quiet until his wonderful statement in 3:17-19. ‘Though … Yet … The Sovereign LORD is my strength…’
The Psalmist reminds us as to who the LORD is and what He has done and will yet do.
- The LORD’s reign is glorious – ‘He is clothed in majesty’. His appearance is glorious and He is the focus of our awe, wonder and worship.
- The LORD’s reign is powerful – ‘He is armed with strength’. This is seen in His creation which is ‘firm’ and ‘secure’.
- The LORD’s reign is eternal – ‘Your throne was established long ago; you are from all eternity’. His throne is also to all eternity. There have been many kings and queens down the centuries but there is coming a day when all these will be subject to the King of kings and Lord of lords. He, and He alone, will reign for ever.
- The LORD’s reign is victorious. Verse 3 speaks of the ‘seas lifting up their voice …their pounding waves.’ Here is a backward look at the time when the people of Israel went through the sea on dry ground because the LORD had parted the waters for them to go through but He had brought the waters back over the Egyptians when they tried to follow. Verse 4 gives us the reason why the LORD could do this – ‘mightier … mightier … the LORD on high is mighty’.
- The LORD’s reign is rooted in truth and holiness – Verse 5. The King hasn’t left us to cope on our own – that would be a disaster. No, He has given us His Word – His eternal and abiding word and it is a vital foundation in our lives because it is ‘God-breathed … useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness, so that the servant of God may be thoroughly equipped for every good work.’ (2 Timothy 3:16-17)
‘The Word of God is alive and active…’ (Hebrews 4:12)
What an encouragement to know that the LORD, who is King, is with us, even though He is Sovereign over all. As Wendy Churchill says in her hymn:
‘Jesus is King and I will extol Him; give Him the glory and honour His name.
He reigns on high, enthroned in the heavens; Word of the Father, exalted for us.’
A small child prayed this prayer: ‘Dear God, please bless Daddy and Mummy and me. And, oh yes, please take care of yourself, because if anything happens to you, we are going to be in an awful mess.’
Thursday 26 November - Psalm 94
Friday 27 November - Psalm 95
Saturday 28 November - Psalm 96
Sunday 29 November - Psalm 97
Monday 30 November - Psalm 98
Tuesday 1 December- Psalm 99