1 Jehovah reigneth; he is clothed with majesty;
Jehovah is clothed with strength; he hath girded himself
The world also is established, that it cannot be moved.
1 Since in the church among the ancients it was customary to say, God shall reign, therefore in David some Psalms are inscribed with the words “Jehovah reigneth.” By this was signified that it was well with the church, because then good and truth from the Divine were therein. A. 8331.
2 Thy throne is established of old:
Thou art from everlasting.
1, 2. These things are said concerning the Lord about to come into the world. Since He has glory and power from the Human which He united to His Divine, it is said that He put on majesty and strength, and that He girded himself, for the Lord assumed the Human that He might be in the potency of subjugating the hells. The church which He was about to establish and to defend for ever is signified by the world which shall be established and shall not be moved, and by the throne, for by the world is signified heaven and the church as to the reception of Divine good, and by the throne the same as to the reception of Divine truth. E. 741.
Through the oneness of the Divine and the Human in the Lord, heaven and the church will endure to eternity. P. P.
3 The floods have lifted up, O Jehovah,
The floods have lifted up their voice;
The floods lift up their waves.
2-4. Rivers signify truths in abundance. R. 409. Spoken concerning the Lord. His dominion over heaven and earth from eternity to eternity is signified by verse 2. The glorification of the Lord for His advent, and the salvation of mankind thence derived is signified by what is said about the floods, for by the floods here mentioned three times are signified all things which are of man’s intelligence, both in the internal and in the external man. The Divine truth from the Lord whence are power and salvation is signified by verse 4, waters standing for truths, and the noise of many waters for Divine truths. E. 518.
4 Above the voices of many waters,
The mighty breakers of the sea,
Jehovah on high is mighty.
3, 4. A voice signifies what is announced from the Word. A voice is often spoken of and also applied to such things as have no relation to a voice. A. 6971.
The joy of those who are in Divine truths from this source. P. P.
5 Thy testimonies are very sure:
Holiness becometh thy house,
O Jehovah, for evermore.
5 See Psalm xix. 8. A. 4197.
The Word established in the church. P. P.
Author: EMANUEL SWEDENBORG (1688-1772)