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The LORD reigneth; let the earth rejoice; let the multitude of isles be glad thereof.
Clouds and darkness are round about him: righteousness and judgment are the habitation of his throne.
A fire goeth before him, and burneth up his enemies round about.
The hills melted like wax at the presence of the LORD, at the presence of the Lord of the whole earth.
Confounded be all they that serve graven images, that boast themselves of idols: worship him, all ye gods.
Zion heard, and was glad; and the daughters of Judah rejoiced because of thy judgments, O LORD.
For thou, LORD, art high above all the earth: thou art exalted far above all gods.
Ye that love the LORD, hate evil: he preserveth the souls of his saints; he delivereth them out of the hand of the wicked.
Light is sown for the righteous, and gladness for the upright in heart.
Rejoice in the LORD, ye righteous; and give thanks at the remembrance of his holiness.

New Defender's Study Bible Notes

97:3 fire goeth before Him. When the Lord comes back to reign, there will be fires of judgment preceding and following (Malachi 4:1; II Thessalonians 1:7-8; II Peter 3:10; etc.).

97:6 heavens declare his righteousness. Psalms 95–100 form a magnificent unit of praise, all centered on the future triumph of the Lord when He comes to purge the world of wickedness and all the effects of the age-long curse. Appropriately, this verse is the central verse of these six psalms. When He comes from heaven, all the people will see His glory (note also Matthew 24:30; Revelation 1:7), and acknowledge His righteousness.

Psalm 98 (title) A Psalm. This is the only psalm with the simple title, “A Psalm.” It is a special song of joy, with the word “joyful noise” occurring twice (Psalm 98:4,6). The same word (Hebrew rua) occurs in the first verses of the first and final psalms in this unique sextet of triumph songs (Psalms 95–100). The same word is also used when the angels “shouted for joy” as the Lord laid the foundations of the earth (Job 38:7).

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