Psalm 97

“Zion hears and rejoices and the villages of Judah are glad because of your judgments, LORD” (v8). The psalmist says that people are glad when God is the judge and when He is the ruler, because we can trust Him. Human leaders may judge by appearances or take bribes, show favoritism, and use their power to oppress, but our Lord is perfect; “righteousness and justice are the foundation of His throne” (v2). He always sees the truth, and He always knows what to do.

“The LORD reigns, let the earth be glad; let the distant shores rejoice” (v1). By faith, we belong to the coming kingdom where our Lord reigns, and our lives now reflect His rule.