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God’s World Established and Immoveable
The 93rd Psalm is a short, but blessed and instructive song of praise to our all-glorious Christ, celebrating the person, glory, and majesty of our great King and his Gospel Kingdom, the Church. The psalmist teaches us to sing here, not about God’s kingdom of nature, but his kingdom of grace.
Our Savior’s dominion over his vast creation is absolute. “The LORD reigneth!” He reigns everywhere at all times. Every creature is under his absolute dominion. “He is clothed with majesty.” God our Savior wears royalty. A crown of pure gold is on his head. The scepter of righteousness is in his hand, and the garments of salvation are his.
“The LORD is clothed with strength, wherewith he hath girded himself.” Travelling in the greatness of his strength, mighty to save, he obtained eternal redemption for us by his obedience unto death as our Substitute and took his seat on the right hand of the Majesty on High. By the omnipotent strength of his grace, he binds the strong man armed in the hearts of his redeemed, dispossessing him, and sets himself upon the throne in the city of Mansoul. By that same omnipotence, he goes forth by the Gospel through all the earth, conquering and to conquer.
“The world also is stablished, that it cannot be moved.” Those words, obviously, do not mean that the earth does not move in a literal sense. I’ve seen it and felt it move in earthquakes, tornadoes, sandstorms, and floods. All who are sensible know that the earth rotates upon its axis and revolves around the sun in its orbit. But God our Savior, who “stretched out the north over the empty place and hangeth the earth upon nothing” (Job 26:7), has established its purpose from which it cannot be moved. Because Christ reigns, everything is stable, immoveable, and sure, “according to the purpose of him who worketh all things after the counsel of his own will” (Ephesians 1:11). That is exactly what the psalmist was inspired to declare in the second verse of this great hymn. — “Thy throne is established of old: thou art from everlasting!”
Floods of opposition lift up their voice against Christ, his church, and his Gospel. Mighty waves of enmity roar against God’s cause, God’s church, and God’s people. But all are impotent before him who is our King, the Captain of Our Salvation! That is the sweet, joyful message of verses 3 and 4.
“Thy testimonies are very sure.” The Word of God, being sure and true, may be confidently believed. And the promises of God are all yea and amen in Christ Jesus, our Lord. “The beauty of holiness,” with which he clothes his saints and is becoming to his house, that “holiness without which no man can see the Lord” (Hebrews 12:14), is Christ our Sanctification.