This Psalm is a celebration of God’s kingship over all creation. This may be a hard thing for some of us to grasp because we look at God in a lot of ways, but we often overlook Him as being king. I think this has a lot to do with America not having a king, so we have a little bit harder time grasping this concept. What this means is that God is on His own the ruler and ultimate authority over all things. The Psalm makes a point to say that this is all nations, and all people, for all time. There is not a certain group that this applies to while others not. Everyone is equally under the Kingship of God. This also highlights the fact that God will judge all things with equity (v. 10) and He will judge the world in righteousness and the people in His faithfulness (v. 13).
When we have God’s kingship in proper perspective we are able to understand what it means to tremble before Him or to fear the Lord (v. 9). This isn’t to say that we are scared of Him, rather it says that we understand exactly who God is and what His authority looks like and we cannot help but have a posture of humility and worship in response. That is why when you read this Psalm it is a constant declaration of Joy in the Lord and an outpouring of worship of Him.
So I would challenge you today to ask yourself:
Do I fear the Lord this way?
Do I have a proper perspective of His Kingship?
Will I respond in celebration and worship?
By: Dakota Gragg — Student Ministry Associate