Psalm 99

1 Jehovah reigneth; let the peoples tremble:
He sitteth above the cherubim; let the earth be moved.
2 Jehovah is great in Zion;
And he is high above all the peoples.
3 Let them praise thy great and terrible name:
Holy is he.

1 See Psalm xciii. 1. A. 8331.
See Psalm xviii. 11. A. 9509.
See Psalm xviii. 10, 11. S. 97.
See Psalm xviii. 10, 11. R. 239.
See Psalm xviii. 10, 11. T. 260.
See Psalm xviii. 10, 11. E. 277.
1,2. Song in praise of the Lord who is the Word and the God of the church. P. P.
2, 4. Zion is called the king’s strength by reason of Divine truth, to which belongs essential power. E. 850.
3, 5, 9. He should be worshipped, P. P.

4 The king’s strength also loveth justice;
Thou dost establish equity;
Thou executest justice and righteousness in Jacob.
5 Exalt ye Jehovah our God,
And worship at his footstool:
Holy is he.

4, See Psalm xiv. 7. A. 4281.
Because power and justice belong to Him. P. P.
5, The earth stands for all the lower things corresponding to the heavens, such as the lower rational and natural things, such are the things which are in the lower heavens, also those in the church, and in external worship, and in the literal sense of the Word, in a word all such things as proceed from internal things and are presented in externals — such because they are rational things are called the earth, and the stool for the Lord’s feet. A. 2162..Footstool is the Divine truth beneath heaven, such as is the Word in the literal sense, for upon this the Divine truth in heaven, which is the Word in the internal sense, leans and as it were stands. A. 9166.
Since the Lord’s church is under the heavens, and thus under the Lord’s feet, it is therefore called the footstool of His feet. R. 49.
To receive and acknowledge truths is signified by coming and worshipping at the Lord’s feet, from whom they have the truths from good. The same is signified by this verse. R. 183.
Since the feet of Jehovah, or the Lord, signify the ultimate of Divine order, which is specifically the external of the church, of worship, and of the Word, therefore this is called in the Word His footstool. E. 69.

6 Moses and Aaron among his priests,
And Samuel among them that call upon his name;
They called upon Jehovah, and he answered them.
7 He spake unto them in the pillar of cloud:
They kept his testimonies,
And the statute that he gave them.
8 Thou answeredst them, O Jehovah our God:
Thou wast a God that forgavest them,
Though thou tookest vengeance of their doings.
9 Exalt ye Jehovah our God,
And worship at his holy hill;
For Jehovah our God is holy.

5-7. The stool of the feet of Jehovah towards which they should adore is the Divine truth in ultimates, thus the Word. Moses and Aaron in the representative sense are the Word. A. 9406.
6, 7. The Word is from Him. P. P.

8 He is the Redeemer. P. P.

Author: EMANUEL SWEDENBORG (1688-1772)