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2018 August 10
Psalm 97

Rinjani (1994)
Oliver Spalt, Photographer (1994)
Image Source: Wikimedia

     [ Illustration: Today's image has several parallels (such as lightning, fire, clouds, and darkness) to the description of the LORD's presence on Sinai provided in the Psalm. ]


[ I will again be working through the Scriptures from Genesis to Revelation. I will be adding links, resources, images, and the like, upgrading the former work-through which began with the 2013-10-12 posting which can be found, along with the full Genesis to Revelation postings, in the Archive Page. Postings will be at midnight Eastern Time, as I am able. However, no chapters will be skipped, even though a posting may be late. And all postings will be housed in the Archive Page. ]

     Explanation: In Psalm 97, the Psalmist reminds his readers of God's spectacular self-revelation at Sinai. The Psalmist encourages his readers to respond to God with the service and respect that are due to him. The author and the occasion are not specified; but this Psalm plus Psalms 96, 98, and 100 have significant parallels with David's Psalm which is recorded in 1 Chronicles 16. This fact may give us the author (David) and the occasion (the dedication of the Tabernacle) for all four of these Psalms.
     The Psalmist, perhaps David, reminds us that the LORD reigns; and he calls on everyone and everything in the whole earth to rejoice, even in its distant places (1).
     He describes the LORD's manifestation at Sinai. Clouds and darkness surround him. Upon his throne he manifests his righteousness and his justice. A fire goes out before him and burns up his enemies which encircle him. His lightening enlighten the world; the earth trembles at the sight. The hills melt like wax at the presence of the Lord of the whole earth (2-5).
     The heavens declare his righteousness. The people see his glory, Everyone who serves idols and boasts of their power will be ashamed. Even the so-called gods will worship him (6-7).
     Zion (David's seat of government in Jerusalem) heard it and was glad. Judah (David's tribe, the leading tribe in Israel) rejoiced in the LORD's judgments because the LORD is high above all the earth and is exalted far above all gods (8-9).
     Those who love the LORD should hate evil. He preserves and delivers his saints out of the hand of the wicked. He sows light for the righteous, and gladness for the upright in heart. Therefore, they should rejoice in the LORD and give thanks at the remembrance of his holiness (10-12).

     [ Sermons: J Ligon Duncan III. Various. ]

Bible Chronologies -- Genesis to Revelation

[Traditional Patriarchal Chronology. Judges Period Chronology 1. Judges Period Chronology 2. Kings of Judah and Israel #1. Kings of Judah and Israel #2].

[Post Exile Chronology 1. Post Exile Chronology 2. Post Exile Chronology 3.]

[Prophets Chronology 1. Prophets Chronology 2. Prophets Chronology 3. Prophets Chronology 4.]

[Intertestamental Period Chronology 1. Intertestamental Period Chronology 2. Intertestamental Period Chronology 3.
Intertestamental Period Chronology 4. Intertestamental Period Chronology 5.]

[New Testament Chronology 1. New Testament Chronology 2. New Testament Chronology 3. New Testament Chronology 4. New Testament Chronology 5.]


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          [ THEMATICALLY AND CHRONOLOGICALLY RELATED SCRIPTURES: Psalm 97: 1 Chronicles 16. KINGSHIP AND COVENANT PSALMS: Psalm 2. Psalm 18. Psalm 20. Psalm 21. Psalm 24. Psalm 29. Psalm 45. Psalm 47. Psalm 50. Psalm 72. Psalm 81. Psalm 89. Psalm 93. Psalm 95. Psalm 96. Psalm 97. Psalm 98. Psalm 99. Psalm 100. Psalm 101. Psalm 132. Psalm 144. ]
[1] Psalm 96:10-11; Psalm 72:10; Isaiah 42:10-11; Isaiah 51:15.
[2] Psalm 18:10-12; Exodus 19:9; Exodus 19:16; Exodus 20:21; Deuteronomy 4:11; Deuteronomy 5:22-23; Psalm 89:14.
[3] Psalm 1:3; Psalm 18:8; Habakkuk 3:4-5.
[4] Psalm 77:17-18.
[5] Psalm 68:8; Micah 1:4; Joshua 3:11-13; Genesis 18:25; Micah 4:13; Zechariah 4:10; Zechariah 6:5.
[6] Psalm 89:6.
[7] Isaiah 42:17; Jeremiah 10:14; Psalm 8:5; Hebrews 1:6; Deuteronomy 32:43.
[8] Psalm 48:11.
[9] Psalm 83:18; Psalm 47:2-9.
[10] Psalm 34:10-20; Psalm 37:28; Psalm 32:11.
     -- From Ellicott's Commentary for English Readers ]

          [ CHRONOLOGY: GENERAL. Patriarchs (Traditional). Judges # 1. Judges # 2. Kings # 1. Kings # 2. Prophets # 1. Prophets # 2. NT # 1. NT # 2. NT # 3. ]

          [ MAPS: Maps # 1. Maps # 2. Maps # 3. Maps # 4. Maps # 5. ]

          [ COMMENTARIES, ETC: GENERAL: Bible Study Tools; Bible Hub: Study Light; Blue Letter Bible // PSALMS: Monergism: Precept Austin: The Treasury of David; John Gill; John Calvin - Volumes 1, 2, 3, 4, 5]

          [ MUSIC: GENERAL: The Cyber Hymnal // PSALMS: Psalm 97 - #1. Psalm 97 - #2. Psalm 97 - #3. Psalm 97 - #4. Psalm 97 - #5. Psalm 97 - #6. Psalm 97 - #7. Psalm 97 - #8. Genevan Psalter (Instrumental). VARIOUS ARTISTS: Micha'el Ben David. Sons of Korah. Fernando Ortega. Janet Isaac Morrison. Music of the Bible Revealed - Suzanne Haik-Vantoura. Dr. David Erb. Gregorian Chants. ]


John Calvin - CCEL | Analytical Chart - BLB


Gospel Harmony - Summary | The Harmony of the Gospels - Augustine | Gospel Harmony Chart - Online Bible

Greek Harmony of the Gospels - Robertson - (Downloadable PDF) | Gospel Harmony in English - Robertson - (Downloadable PDF)


Hebrew and Greek Interlinear Download - Scripture 4 All

Bible Hub Interlinear Hebrew and Greek Bible

Bible Hub Hebrew Interlinear | Scripture 4 All Hebrew Interlinear

Mounce Interlinear | Bible Hub Greek Interlinear | Scripture 4 All Greek Interlinear Bible

Psalm Detailed Outline


Deliverance from Sinners and from Sin

Nearly all the Psalms (except Psalm 90) were written during the 612 year period
from the time of David around 1016 B. C. to the close of the Canon in about 404 B. C.
Psalm 90, according to its superscription, was written by Moses; this may have been around 1406 B. C.

PSALMS 90-106.
1406 - 539 B.C. Israel
God's Greatness Among the Nations

Psalm 97
The LORD rules in power.

Map 1: Bible Nations | Map 2: Empire of David and Solomon Map 3: Kingdoms of Judah and Israel | Post Exile Chronology.

1 The LORD reigneth;
let the earth rejoice;
let the multitude of isles be glad thereof.
2 Clouds and darkness are round about him:
righteousness and judgment are the habitation of his throne.
3 A fire goeth before him,
and burneth up his enemies round about.
4 His
lightnings enlightened the world:
the earth saw,
and trembled.
5 The hills melted like wax at the presence of the LORD,
at the presence of the Lord of the whole earth.

6 The heavens declare his righteousness,
and all the people see his glory.
7 Confounded be all they that serve graven images,
that boast themselves of idols:
worship him, all ye gods.

8 Zion heard,
and was glad;
and the daughters of Judah rejoiced because of thy judgments, O LORD.
9 For thou, LORD,
art high above all the earth:
thou art exalted far above all gods.

10 Ye that love the LORD,
hate evil:
he preserveth the souls of his saints;
he delivereth them out of the hand of the wicked.
11 Light is sown for the righteous,
and gladness for the upright in heart.
12 Rejoice in the LORD, ye righteous;
and give thanks at the remembrance of his holiness.

* NOTE: On Opening and Closing Comments in the Psalms.
[Some commentators take the Psalm in Habakkuk 3 to be a standard model for the Psalms.
Habakkuk's Psalm begins with the name of the composer (Habakkuk) and a musical notation ("upon Shigionoth").
It closes with a dedication or a "send to" notice ("To the chief singer on my stringed instruments").
I have arranged similar material, where it is found in the Psalter, in accord with the model in Habakkuk.]

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