Introduction: This Psalm presents God as our mighty King and there is probably not a more beautiful picture in words in the entire Psalter. Spurgeon’s commentary suggested the following outline:
1. God reigns
2. His power is felt
3. His kingdom is established
4. Opposition is overcome
5. The word is valued
6. Holiness is cultivated
Questions to help us think deeper:
1. What attributes of God can we see in this Psalm?
a. His _______________________________________ vs. 1a
b. His _______________________________________ vs. 1b
c. His _____________________________________ vs. 1c & 3-4
d. His _______________________________________ vs. 1d
e. His ______________________________________ vs. 2 & 5c
f. His _______________________________________ vs. 5a
g. His _______________________________________ vs. 5b
2. To what are the floods in verses 3 and 4 referring?
Literal floods and waves – great flood of Noah’s day
Symbolic floods and waves – 2 Samuel 22:4-5
3. Do the attributes of God in this Psalm remind you of any incidents in the life of our Lord Jesus Christ?
Questions of personal application:
1. How should this Psalm influence your prayers tonight?
2. Is there a particular verse that speaks to your heart?
“Ver. 1-2. The prophet in the first verse describes our King:
1. From his office. (a) He ‘reigns.’ He is the great and chief Monarch; he is no idle spectator of things below; but wisely, and justly, and powerfully administers all things. (b) He is a glorious King: ‘He is clothed with majesty.’ (c) He is a potent King: “The Lord is clothed with strength.” (d) He is a warlike King: “He hath girded himself,” buckled his sword upon his armour; for offence towards his enemies, for defence of his kingdom.
2. From his kingdom.
(a) It is universal: ‘The world.’ (b) It is fixed, firm, and stable: ‘The world also is stablished, and cannot be moved.’ (c) It is an everlasting kingdom: ‘From everlasting to everlasting; thy throne is established of old; thou art from everlasting.’ Adam Clarke.