Last week I read Psalm 93 and spent a few minutes meditating on it. Sometimes when I’m meditating on a passage of the Bible, it helps me to break it into sections and come up with some of my own headings for those sections. That allows me to think through more deeply what each of the sections is saying.
Here’s what I came up with for Psalm 93 (the headings are mine; the words are God’s!):
The splendor of God’s reign
‘The Lord reigns; he is robed in majesty; the Lord is robed; he has put on strength as his belt. Yes, the world is established; it shall never be moved.’
The eternity of God’s reign
‘Your throne is established from of old; you are from everlasting.’
The power of God’s reign
‘The floods have lifted up, O Lord, the floods have lifted up their voice; the floods lift up their roaring. Mightier than the thunders of many waters, mightier than the waves of the sea, the Lord on high is mighty!’
The righteousness of God’s reign
‘Your decrees are very trustworthy; holiness befits your house, O Lord, forevermore.’
God’s reign is splendid, eternal, powerful, and righteous.
That’s it. That’s what I saw in Psalm 93. Nothing fancy. But this encouraged me. Every part of the Psalm is good news for me, and my family, and my church. God’s reign is splendid, like a glorious regal robe. It’s a beautiful, not an ugly, thing. His reign isn’t a recent development. He didn’t need to supplant some previous King, because He has reigned from eternity. His reign is awesomely powerful, like the relentless, pounding surf when you stand beside the ocean and are amazed. And his reign is righteous — never coercive, despotic, destructive. Always trustworthy and holy.
This meditation left me with more than enough to thank God for. It gave me something to share with my wife the next day for her encouragement, and with a group of friends who had gathered to pray on Thursday morning.
It is really good to read and meditate on the words of Scripture. This is what makes us strong and allows us to bear fruit (Psalm 1).