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Dave Burnette's Commentary

Psalm Chapter 97

Written By: God through Inspiration
Penned By: David, Asaph, Solomon, Heman, Ethan, Moses, and the Sons of Korah
Date Penned: (1440-586 BC)
Overview: Poetry for the Expression of Praise and Worship to God (c 1-150)
Theme: The Fourth Book of Psalms (c 90-106)
Message: god is righteous and just (v 1-12)

Psalms 97 Commentary

(97:2) The Holiness of God - The clouds and darkness that surround God symbolize his unapproachable holiness and the inability of people to find him on their own. If he were uncovered, no one could stand before his blazing holiness and glory. 

(97:7) Idol Worship - People worship all kinds of images and idols. Although God reveals himself and his love through nature and the Bible, many ignore or reject him and pursue goals they believe are more important. The Bible makes it clear that these people are idol worshipers because they give their highest loyalty to something other than God. One day we will stand before God in all his glory and power. Then we will see all our goals and accomplishments for what they really are. How foolish our earthly pursuits will seem then! 

(97:10) Loving God - When you sincerely determine to please God, your desires will align with his desires. You will love what God loves and hate what God hates. If you love the Lord, you will hate what displeases him. If you excuse the actions of people who take advantage of others, if you elevate people who only look out for themselves, or if you envy those who get ahead using any means, then you have moved away from pleasing God. Learn to love God's ways and resist evil in every form--not only the obvious sins but also the socially acceptable ones.

Dave Burnette's Life Application

His Holiness

Each day we walk through the Bible chapter by chapter making an application of our text to help us grow in the Lord. Many applications can be made from each day's text. Today, we continue in the Book of Psalms with Chapter 97. In our text today, we see a theme of how God is an awesome conqueror and righteous and just. The Heavens declare His Righteousness. In applying, we see the Lord as how we measure His Holiness. Seeing who God is reflects to us how unholy we are, how we are sinners, and how we need a savior. Seeing our good works are as filthy rags to His Holiness, we understand why Jesus had to die, to pay a price that we could not pay. How about you? Are you saved or trying to work your way to Heaven? Let us learn from our Psalm and text today to remember that God is Holy and no works we do will be enough to attain Heaven, so we must experience salvation to gain everlasting life.


Psalm 97

Psalm 97

 1The LORD reigneth; let the earth rejoice; let the multitude of isles be glad thereof.

 2Clouds and darkness are round about him: righteousness and judgment are the habitation of his throne.

 3A fire goeth before him, and burneth up his enemies round about.

 4His lightnings enlightened the world: the earth saw, and trembled.

 5The hills melted like wax at the presence of the LORD, at the presence of the Lord of the whole earth.

 6The heavens declare his righteousness, and all the people see his glory.

 7Confounded be all they that serve graven images, that boast themselves of idols: worship him, all ye gods.

 8Zion heard, and was glad; and the daughters of Judah rejoiced because of thy judgments, O LORD.

 9For thou, LORD, art high above all the earth: thou art exalted far above all gods.

 10Ye that love the LORD, hate evil: he preserveth the souls of his saints; he delivereth them out of the hand of the wicked.

 11Light is sown for the righteous, and gladness for the upright in heart.

 12Rejoice in the LORD, ye righteous; and give thanks at the remembrance of his holiness.