Several times in Psalms, we are reminded that “The Lord Reigns” and those words are usually accompanied by some additional information. Some examples include:
Ps 9:7 – “The Lord reigns forever; He has established His throne for judgement.” Key words for me are “forever” and “judgement”.
Ps 47:8 – “God reigns over the nations; God is seated on His holy throne.” God reigns over everyone and everything whether we choose to admit it or not.
Ps 93: 1 – “The Lord reigns, He is robed in majesty and is armed with strength.”
Ps 96:10 – “Say among the nations, ‘The Lord reigns’. The world is firmly established, it cannot be moved; He will judge the peoples with equity.”
Ps 99:1 – “The Lord reigns, let the nations tremble; He sits enthroned between the cherubim, let the earth shake.” The power and majesty of God are frightening, until we remember His unwavering and unconditional love for us. In Solomon’s temple the two cherubim are on either side of the Ark of the Covenant with wings outstretched over it. Ex 25: 22 says “There, above the cover between the two cherubim that are over the ark of the Testimony, I will meet with you and give you all My commands for the Israelites.” So between the two cherubim is where God met His people in the Old Testament.
Ps 146:10 – “The Lord reigns forever, your God, O Zion, for all generations. Praise the Lord.” Emphasis again on “forever”.
And my favorite Ps 97: 1-6 – “The Lord reigns, let the earth be glad; let the distant shores rejoice. Clouds and thick darkness surround Him: righteousness and justice are the foundation of His throne. Fire goes before Him and consumes His foes on every side. His lightening lights up the world; the earth sees and trembles. The mountains melt like wax before the Lord, before the Lord of all the earth. The heavens proclaim His righteousness, and all the people see His glory.” These verses tell us to be glad that He reigns over the earth; even the earth rejoices and the heavens proclaim His righteousness. It is a picture of His power, His majesty, His sovereignty, His righteousness, and our joyful response to Him.