Psalm 93#sn Psalm 93. The psalmist affirms that the Lord is the king of the universe who preserves order and suppresses the destructive forces in the world.
1 The Lord reigns!
He is robed in majesty,
the Lord is robed,
he wears strength around his waist.#sn Strength is compared here to a belt that one wears for support. The Lord’s power undergirds his rule.
Indeed, the world is established, it cannot be moved.
2 Your throne has been secure from ancient times;
you have always been king.#tn Heb “from antiquity [are] you.” As the context suggests, this refers specifically to God’s royal position, not his personal existence.
3 The waves#tn The Hebrew noun translated “waves” often refers to rivers or streams, but here it appears to refer to the surging waves of the sea (see v. 4, Ps 24:2). roar, O Lord,
the waves roar,
the waves roar and crash.#tn Heb “the waves lift up, O Lord, the waves lift up their voice, the waves lift up their crashing.”
4 Above the sound of the surging water,#tn Heb “mighty waters.”sn The surging waters here symbolizes the hostile enemies of God who seek to destroy the order he has established in the world (see Pss 18:17; 29:3; 32:6; 77:20; 144:7; Isa 17:13; Jer 51:55; Ezek 26:19; Hab 3:15). But the Lord is depicted as elevated above and sovereign over these raging waters.
and the mighty waves of the sea,
the Lord sits enthroned in majesty.#tn Heb “mighty on high [is] the Lord.”
5 The rules you set down#tn Traditionally “your testimonies.” The Hebrew noun עֵדוּת (’edut) refers here to the demands of God’s covenant law. See Ps 19:7. are completely reliable.#sn The rules you set down. God’s covenant contains a clear, reliable witness to his moral character and demands.
Holiness#sn Holiness refers here to God’s royal transcendence (see vv. 1-4), as well as his moral authority and perfection (see v. 5a). aptly adorns your house, O Lord, forever.#tn Heb “for your house holiness is fitting, O Lord, for length of days.”
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