Psalm 97
The Messiah assumes power

A psalm to be chanted of sung in worship. Marvelous praise to the Glory of God.
Literary pattern below
 1 ¶ The LORD reigneth; let the earth rejoice; let the multitude of isles be glad thereof.
 2  Clouds and darkness are round about him: righteousness and judgment are the habitation of his throne.
 3  A fire goeth before him, and burneth up his enemies round about.
.4  His lightnings enlightened the world: the earth saw, and trembled.

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  1 - The Lord reigneth Giving us an anchor point for understanding the psalm. Although God reigns in heaven ps09301f, this psalm may refer more specifically to Christ's assumption of power when He comes in glory re1114.
  2 - Clouds and darkness Although God is revealed in Christ, there are still mysteries beyond our scope of knowing ro1133. The divine presence is described in great light, too 1ti0616. The darkness may hide the light and protect us from being consumed. See ex1419.
  3 - Fire This recalls the preadvent judgment scene da0710.
  5  The hills melted like wax at the presence of the LORD, at the presence of the Lord of the whole earth.
 6  The heavens declare his righteousness, and all the people see his glory.
 7  Confounded be all they that serve graven images, that boast themselves of idols: worship him, all ye gods.
  5 - Hills melted See jg0505, na0105, 2pe0310.
  6 - Heavens declare In two ways ps01901, re1407.
  7 - Worship him, all ye gods Considering that evil angels are behind the false gods, all will worship at the end of the thousand years is4523.
 8 ¶ Zion heard, and was glad; and the daughters of Judah rejoiced because of thy judgments, O LORD.
 9  For thou, LORD, art high above all the earth: thou art exalted far above all gods.
  8 - Zion heard For God's true people, news of judgment is reason for rejoicing. They are then vindicated as followers of Christ.
 10  Ye that love the LORD, 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  Rejoice in the LORD, ye righteous; and give thanks at the remembrance of his holiness.
  10 - Delivereth them ps09103ff.
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Literary Pattern

Rejoice earth and isles; the Lord reigns (1)
    Darkness around throne, place of judgment (2)
        Fire goes before him; enemies burned (3)
            World saw lightning and trembled (4)
                Hills melt at presence of the Lord of earth (5)
                    Heavens declare His righteousness (6a)
                    All the people see His glory (6b)
                    Idol worshippers confounded (7a)
                    All gods are to worship the Lord (7b)
                Zion (hill) heard; Judah rejoiced; because of judgments (8)
            Lord is exalted above the earth; above gods (9)
        Those who love the Lord; souls of saints preserved (10)
    Light  for righteous; gladness for upright (11)
Rejoice ye righteous; remember His holiness (12)