Psalm 93

Read: Psalm 93:1; 1 Chronicles 16:31; Psalm 96:10, 97:1, 99:1; Revelation 19:6

The Lord reigns. This truth is reiterated in several subsequent psalms and is the song of the glorified church in heaven.  To affirm “the Lord reigns” is to affirm the sovereignty of God, and what is the same thing, the Lordship of Jesus Christ.

Think About It: Read the account written by Nebuchadnezzar in Daniel 4. Before God humbled him, who did Nebuchadnezzar think was in charge? What did God teach Nebuchadnezzar? How many sovereigns can a person serve? What is Nebuchadnezzar’s essential message to us? Why is it so important to recognize this truth?

Prayer: Praise God for His eternal, omnipotent reign.

 

Read: Psalm 93:1; 1 Chronicles 29:11; Psalm 104:1; Isaiah 2:10, 19; Hebrews 1:3, 8:1

The Lord reigns in majesty. The Hebrew word translated “majesty” is geuth, from a root word meaning to lift up, to exalt.  The majesty of God is overwhelming, inspiring fear and awe in men. God’s majesty is not just something he puts on; it is so much a part of Him that “majesty” is the term used in Hebrews 1 and 8 to refer to God Himself.

Think About It: What are some examples of earthly majesty? What is the significance of the majesty of God in relation to ourselves (see for example Psalm 148:13)?

Prayer: Praise God for His incomparable majesty.

 

Read: Psalm 93:1; Psalm 19:1 – 6; Psalm 73:26; 2 Samuel 22:33; Job 36:5; Habakkuk 3:19; Ephesians 1:19 – 22.

The Lord reigns in strength. Matthew Henry says, “See Him not only clad in robes, but clad in armor.”  God’s strength is displayed in His handiwork, the world He created– a similar connection is made in Psalm 19.  Even more marvelous– God shares His strength with His people.

Think About It: How has God displayed His strength according to Ephesians 1:19 – 22?  How have I experienced God’s strengthening? Where do I need that strengthening in my life right now?

Prayer: Praise God for His mighty power.

 

Read: Psalm 93:2; Matthew 25:34; Ephesians 1:4; Deuteronomy 33:27; Psalm 90:2; Isaiah 40:28; Jeremiah 10:10, 31:3; 1 Corinthians 15:24

The Lord reigns from everlasting to everlasting. The precedence of His authority gives it priority over every other authority, and when He calls history to a close, He alone will reign.  He determined our salvation in eternity past, so it is secure for all eternity future.

Think About It: What is usually true of human governments that last a long time? How is God’s reign different from earthly dynasties?  What does God’s everlasting reign mean for me, personally?

Prayer: Thank God that He is our eternal Father, strong to save.

 

Read: Psalm 93:3 – 4; Psalm 2:1 – 5; 18:4; 32:6; 69:2

Hurricane Katrina reminded us that floods are an uncontrollable, overwhelming force. In Psalm 18, the “floods” are symbolic of the opposition of ungodly men, and in Psalms 32 and 69 of the troubles of life. Who can stand against the power of the flood? “More than . . .the mighty breakers. . .The Lord on high is mighty.” The Lord reigns triumphantly over the opposition of the ungodly, over all the troubles of life.

Think About It: Have I ever felt like the psalmist, overwhelmed by evil or the troubles of life? How has God helped me face the floods with their pounding waves?

Prayer: For deliverance from the pounding waves of trouble.

 

Read: Psalm 93:5; Psalm 33:4; John 17:17; Romans 4:20 – 21; 2 Peter 1:16

The psalmist affirmed that God’s testimonies are confirmed, that is, they are demonstrably true. Because the theme of Psalm 93 is God’s reign, it is surely justifiable to say that God reigns in truth. God keeps all of His promises. He invites us to trust not in fables but in reality.  

Think About It: What evidence is there that God keeps His promises?  How do I know that God’s Word is true? Am I trusting in God’s Word?

Prayer: Praise God that His Word is Truth.

Read: Psalm 93:5; Exodus 28:36; 1 Chronicles 16:29; 1 Thessalonians 3:13; Hebrews 12:14

“Holiness befits Thy house, O Lord, forevermore.” The Lord reigns in Holiness. Spurgeon writes, “ ‘The Lord reigns,’ is the first word and the main doctrine of the psalm, and holiness is the final result; a due esteem for the great King will lead us to adopt a behavior becoming his royal presence. Divine sovereignty both confirms the promises as sure testimonies, and enforces the precepts as seemly and becoming in the presence of so great a Lord.”

Think About It: That the Lord is holy is beyond dispute. How important is my personal holiness to God?   Am I making progress in holiness?

Prayer: For greater holiness, a life befitting the presence of the Holy God.

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