The Aim of this short exercise is to practice systematic Biblical Interpretation and application.
The LORD reigns; he is robed in majesty; the LORD is robed; he has put on strength as his belt. Yes, the world is established; it shall never be moved. 2 Your throne is established from of old; you are from everlasting.
The floods have lifted up, O LORD, the floods have lifted up their voice; the floods lift up their roaring. 4 Mightier than the thunders of many waters, mightier than the waves of the sea, the LORD on high is mighty!
5 Your decrees are very trustworthy; holiness befits your house, O LORD, forevermore.
1. Take a moment and identify the various nouns in this short text; how do they relate to one another?
2. What is the setting of this Psalm? What picture does it sketch? (Hint: in these type of Psalms you look at the middle thought / verse).
3. There are three parts to this short Psalm; what is the main theme of each and how do they relate to each other.
Part 1: The pronouncement of the Lord’s reign if followed by a description of how he reigns. In your own words explain what the Psalmist meant with each of the following phrases by unpacking the imagery
- Robed in majesty
- Belt of strength (hint Eph 613-14)
- The world / Your throne established
Part 2: Then follows the announcement that the Floods have lifted up… their voice …their roaring
- What feelings does the Psalmist try to convey by these phrases? (Image a raging flood).
- List a few things what these floods could represent to a community or individual.
- What comforts the Psalmist during this raging flood?
Part 3: With what two tangible things of God does the Psalmist comfort himself in God’s eternal reign over the flood?
4. Now in one sentence, summarize the message of the Psalm.
1. The Psalmist wrote this song to pronounce over his / her flood “The Lord reigns! The Lord is Mightier than this storm!” List a few situations over which you have no control – personal or national – and then take you time to declare loudly over it: “The Lord reigns! He is mightier than this storm!” (learn to do this habitually)
2. The Psalmist takes comfort during the metaphorical flood in God’s testimonies (Scripture). Think of a friend going through some storm, pray and ask God for a Scripture to send to him/ her now.
3. The Psalmist also finds comfort during the metaphorical flood in God’s house. We are God’s house. Who needs comfort and strength from God that you can spend face time with to encourage in the next week? Send someone a message right now to meet and comfort them – then invite that person with you to church or small group, trusting for a meeting with God.
Look at the Psalm, think of a personal storm (or that of a friend), and pray to God in line of the Psalm over the situation.