Psalm 93: God, and God Alone

Posted on June 13, 2022

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By David Ettinger

A Matter of Focus
Sometimes it’s good for Christians to step back, take the focus off of ourselves, and place it where it belongs: on God. We will always have problems and worries which we need to lay at the Lord’s feet, and God encourages us to do this (Philippians 4:6-7).

However, there are times when we need to say to God, “Lord, today I don’t want to think about myself, but reflect solely on you.” Several Psalms do this. Though many reflect the struggles of their authors, several focus exclusively on God, and God alone. Psalm 93 is my favorite.

Verse 1: God’s Majesty
“The Lord reigns, he is robed in majesty; the Lord is robed in majesty and armed with strength; indeed, the word is established, firm and secure.”

Here we see the kingship of God. Not only is this implied by the word “reigns” – this what kings do – but the Hebrew melech is from the same root word for “king.” Therefore, these first three words ­– “The Lord reigns” – is the same as saying, “Lord, you are the King.”

The imagery of God as King is carried into the next clause, “he is robed with majesty.” Kings are garbed in purple and red robes of the finest material, designed to give an air of dignity, honor, and power.

God, however, is not clothed in humanity’s finery, but instead is draped in “majesty.” This speaks of the splendor and grandeur of our God and King, the One who is above all things fleshly and base, but “is immortal and who lives in unapproachable light” (1 Timothy 6:16).

Furthermore, God who reigns as King and is robed in majesty, is “armed with strength.” The image is of a soldier who outfits himself with sword, shield, and armor to appear as formidable as possible.

Here, however, the sense is that God is by nature mighty and powerful, not needing to arm Himself with instruments of warfare, but is innately mighty.

As such, this planet which He created is well protected. There is much talk about how humanity is destroying planet Earth and, to a degree, it is true. However, unbelievers don’t understand that God is the one who watches over the earth, therefore it is “firm and secure”; it cannot be destroyed unless God ordains it.

Verse 2: God’s Eternality
“Your throne was established long ago; you are from all eternity.”

God did not begin to reign at earth’s creation, but has always been King. As finite (limited) beings, we cannot understand the concept of always; we know the meaning of the word, but haven’t a clue as to the nature of infinitude.

How can mere mortals grasp the ungraspable? Infinity, or as stated here, “eternity,” means that God never had a starting point and has no end. All we can do is accept and acknowledge that this – “eternity” – is what God is; the realm in which He exists.

Verse 3: God’s Awesome Creation
“The seas have lifted up, Lord, the seas have lifted up their voice; the seas have lifted up their pounding wave.”

God is the author of all creation, and Psalm 93 uses the ocean as illustrative of His creation. The churning of the ocean is an awesome thing to behold. From a distance, it is fascinating and magnificent; from within (as in a boat), it is frightening and terrible.

Human beings cannot withstand the potency of the sea, its raging mocking the mightiest of men. Tempestuous waves and turbulent waters make powerful men feeble and courageous men cowards.

Such is the scope of God’s awesome, wondrous, and fearsome creation.

Verse 4: God’s Devastating Power
“Mightier than the thunder of the great waters, mightier than the breakers of the sea – the Lord on high is mighty.”

Between verses 3 and 4, you can almost insert the word “However.”

Verse 3 is the awesomeness of God’s creation from humanity’s perspective. However, as we move into verse 4, the viewpoint is God’s. It is as if the psalmist is saying, “So, you think the raging sea is awesome and frightful? Ha! It is nothing compared to the power of God!”

For as powerful as the thunderous, churning waters are, God is “Mightier.”

To God, “Breakers of the sea” that can capsize cruise liners are but mild streamlets winding through lush valleys. People cower at “great waters,” but God – who is “on high” ­– looks down at them and smiles.

God is a force of extraordinary strength and prowess, and man must bow to Him!

Verse 5: God’s Holiness
“Your statutes, Lord, stand firm; holiness adorns your house for endless days.”

God’s “statutes” – His laws and promises – will all come to pass when He establishes His Kingdom on Earth.

He will – and can – do this because of His majesty, eternality, awesomeness, and power. Add to these “holiness” – His spiritual pureness, sacredness, and devoutness. God is perfect purity; He is incapable of sin, evil, or wrongdoing.

The phrase, “holiness adorns your house” does not mean God lives in a structure. Rather, home is seen here as the place where much of existence occurs. In other words, God’s “existence” is characterized, or defined, by holiness; He is the very embodiment – or “house” – of holiness.

Conclusion: God, and God Alone
How did you enjoy reading this little study of Psalm 93?

If you were focused on it, you will notice that you never thought of yourself as you meditated on our glorious, wondrous, and marvelous God!

P.S. Here is a link to the 1978 song “Psalm 93” by the Christian band, Second Chapter of Acts. Enjoy! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=APx3t8HNK0E