This is a very short psalm, and it reminds me of the old song by Jack Hayford, “Majesty.”
For it reminds us of the majesty of God and how it is he that reigns over this whole earth. The psalmist starts by proclaiming,
The Lord reigns, he is robed in majesty; the Lord is robed in majesty and armed with strength; indeed, the world is established, firm and secure. Your throne was established long ago; you are from all eternity. (1-2)
Sometimes, as we look at the world around us, things seem out of control, with wars, violence, and all kind of evil around us.
But the psalmist reminds us, “In spite of all you see with your eyes, the Lord reigns. And he is in control. He established this world, and long before he did that, his throne was established. So don’t panic. Don’t worry. Put your trust in him who has existed from all eternity.”
He then goes on in the following verses to say, “Do you see the power of the ocean? Do you see how it roars and pounds the rocks on the shore? Know that God is much more powerful than even nature itself.”
The psalmist concludes by singing,
Your statutes, Lord, stand firm; holiness adorns your house for endless days. (5)
In other words, not only is he powerful and sovereign, he is also holy in all his ways. I don’t know about you, but that’s comforting. If God were powerful and sovereign, and yet evil, we’d be serious trouble. But he is holy, good, and just.
And as his people, he calls us to be holy as well. For as the writer of Hebrews puts it,
Without holiness no one will see the Lord. (Hebrews 12:14)
So in light of God’s majesty, sovereignty, and holiness, let us pursue holiness in our lives. And the day will come when we will see with our own eyes this God who reigns.