Psalm 97:1 (NLT), Psalm 97:4 (NLT), Psalm 97:6 (NLT), Psalm 97:7 (NLT), Psalm 97:8 (NLT), Psalm 97:10 (NLT), Psalm 97:11 (NLT), Psalm 97:12 (NLT)
I wonder who IS king in your life? In other words where do you get your ultimate authority from?
In this Psalm we see two authorities:
1. (v1) The LORD who IS king! note the hebrew here for LORD will be Yaweh, refering to God’s name, “I AM” – he is the I AM of all you need!
2. (v7) false authority, “worthless idols” which are not just personal but have wide influence across a comunity or nations, “for every god must bow to him.”
The rest of this song (psalm) we can see the futility of submitting to worthless authority, not only that but the insecurity of taking our focus of the ONE TRUE KING onto these other gods actually ultimately brigs embarrasment, disgrace and discredit! (v7) and of course ultimate judgement!
See the promise of having our focus, trust and believe on the one authority who is for you totally! Have you heard yet? If so what is your response? (v8) Jerusalem heard and rejoiced! Today, allow the LORD to shine on you as you ask for his help to LIVE DIFFERENTLY – that’s really what vv10-12 are talking about! those who know their KING live Godly lives they LIVE DIFFERENTLY – Light & Joy (v11) follows you, people will be drawn to that and surely have to respond like Jerusalem in (v8)!