Psalm 97

1 Jehovah reigneth; let the earth rejoice;
Let the multitude of isles be glad.
2 Clouds and darkness are round about him:
Righteousness and justice are the foundation of his

1 See Psalm xciii. 1. A. 8331.
By these words is signified that the church where the Word is, and the church where the Word is not, and consequently they who are in spiritual truths, and they who are not, shall rejoice on account of the kingdom of the Lord. By the earth is signified the church where the Word is, and by the islands the church where there is not the Word, consequently they who are remote from spiritual truths, for the truths of the Word are alone spiritual. They who are without the pale of the church, as they have not truths from the Word, are only in natural truths, whence it is that they are called islands. By islands in the Word are not understood any islands of the sea, but places in the spiritual world inhabited by those who are in natural science of knowledges of truth and good which are in the Word. E. 406.
1, 2. The isles stand for nations more remote from the knowledges of faith. A. 11 58.
1-6. Joy of the church over the coming of the Lord, with whom is Divine truth. P. P.
2 See Psalm ix. 5, 8. A. 5313. psalm xcviii. 359

3 A fire goeth before him,
And burneth up his adversaries round about.
4 His lightnings lightened the world:
The earth saw, and trembled.
5 The mountains melted like wax at the presence of
At the presence of the Lord of the whole earth.
6 The heavens declare his righteousness,
And all the peoples have seen his glory.

3, 4. See Psalm lxxvii. 16, 18, 19. R. 236.
Lightnings signify Divine truths as to illumination, for it is said, His lightning enlightens the world. E. 273.
3-6. In this Psalm the same things as in Psalm xlv. 4-8 are treated of. See that Psalm. L. 14.
4, 5. See Psalm lxxvii. 18, 19. A. 8813.
See Psalm lxxvii. 18, 19. A. 8816.
By these words is described the state of the impious from the presence of the Lord in His Divine truth, which state is similar to that of the sons of Israel when the Lord appeared to them upon mount Sinai, that they there heard thunderings, saw lightnings, and that the mountain appeared in a consuming fire as of a furnace is known from the Word, and the reason of this was, because they were evil in heart. The Lord appears to every one according to his quality, to the good as a recreating fire, and to the evil as a consuming fire. E. 741.

7 Let all them be put to shame that serve graven images,
That boast themselves of idols:
Worship him, all ye gods.
8 Zion heard and was glad,
And the daughters of Judah rejoiced,
Because of thy judgments, O Jehovah.
9 For thou, Jehovah, art most high above all the earth:
Thou art exalted far above all gods.

7 All who are in falsities will be removed. P. P.
Hebrews i. 2-9, 13 is referred to D. P., Page 43.

8 9. Joy that the Lord is the God of heaven and the church. P. P.

9 See Psalm lxxxvi. 8. A. 8301.

10 O ye that love Jehovah, hate evil:
He preserveth the souls of his saints;
He delivereth them out of the hand of the wicked.
11 Light is sown for the righteous,
And gladness for the upright in heart.
12 Be glad in Jehovah, ye righteous;
And give thanks to his holy memorial name.

10-12. He will protect those who are in truths from Him. P. P.
12 See Psalm xxx. 5. Add: Holy is spoken of truth. A. 6888.

Author: EMANUEL SWEDENBORG (1688-1772)