Today’s passage: Psalm 97
- When we look at nature, it is clear we have no control over it, and it all belongs to God. The extent of God’s power is beyond our comprehension, but the reality of His power and authority can be clearly understood.
- “For what can be known about God is plain to them, because God has shown it to them. For his invisible attributes, namely, his eternal power and divine nature, have been clearly perceived, ever since the creation of the world, in the things that have been made. So they are without excuse.” – Romans 1:19-20
- Righteousness and justice are the foundation of His throne. Therefore, those who love Him will learn to hate evil (Verses 2, 10).
Questions to consider:
- Why does it make so much sense for those who are called, “Righteous ones” to be glad/to rejoice in the Lord? Where does our righteousness come from? (2 Corinthians 5:21) If it were not for God’s grace to us through Christ, where would we stand in the context of this psalm?
- What realities about God, about our standing in Christ, concerning our future, and the eternal purpose with which we can live our lives give us joy and gladness? What can you praise God for today? What truths can cheer your heart and/or help you endure hardships today?
- What does the beginning of verse 1 say? Does that look like present tense or future or past? Is it a “hope so” or an absolute certainty? Why does that matter? What are the implications of God’s present sovereignty? How can this comfort our hearts?