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.
Your throne is established from of old;
you are from everlasting.
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!
Your decrees are very trustworthy;
holiness befits your house,
O Lord, forevermore.

(Psalm 93)

The basic thrust of Psalm 93 is that the Lord God reigns. It is continually proclaimed; it is eternally secure; and it is testified trustworthy by history itself which demonstrates everything God has decreed has come to pass in its entirety without fail. Notice the foundation, and hence continuation of, the world is not guaranteed; everything is predicated on the Lord God’s establishment of it. Derek Kidner concurs noting, “The stability envisaged here is not inherent; the physical world is established (1) only because thy throne is established (2), and the world of men in so far as that throne is acknowledged.” Praise must begin and end with He who is sovereign; God, is more powerful than the thrashing waves and more powerful then men who have chosen to rise up and rebel against Him. The outcome is has, is, and will always be in God’s favor. The fact that the Lord on high is mighty, literally carries the notion that the Creator’s majesty outshines all of Creation. If the psalm were to end here, God’s majesty and power would be well stated; but a greater lesson would be overlooked: one of truth.

It is here in the final verse of the psalm that the connection between the Creator of Creation, and the Creator of Decrees is bridged. The majesty and greatness inherent in the world is due to God’s establishment of it, just as every decree pronounced by God carries the same majesty and greatness. It is for this reason alone God is trustworthy. This truth got me thinking, if God is so trustworthy then why do people choose everlasting death over life? Earlier this week I read Andy Andrews little book “How Do You Kill 11 Million People?: Why the Truth Matters More Than You Think,” where he basically lays out how citizens willingly allow the ruling government to lead them to death. From Germany to Russia, Andrews posits, “What we need to understand is how … people allow themselves to be killed.” The answer is simple: Lie to them.

Coupling this with the issue at hand, since God’s decrees are trustworthy and they bring with them everlasting life, why do people willingly choose death? As with the answer above: they are lied to. It is against this lie which Psalm 93 sits. Alone, God is to be exalted; and when people choose to exalt anything else they are willingly choosing death. From false religions to atheism to universalistic idealism, people are being lied to constantly. Due to a desire to remain in our sins these lies are clung to more tightly than anything. People trust a lie which allows them to live their live as they see fit over the truth that will provide everlasting life. This is what occurred in Genesis 3, and it is what continually transpires today.

Thankfully, the Lord God’s house is adorned with holiness. This holiness is able to change the lives of those who exalt God alone and shift their views from the lie to the truth which saves. The Lord reigns eternally and it is His majesty alone that outshines human understanding. This is why in God alone truth is found.

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  1. Derek Kidner, Psalms 73-150: An Introduction and Commentary, 371.
  2. Andy Andrews, How Do You Kill 11 Million People?: Why The Truth Matters More Than You Think,19.
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