Wesley's Notes on the Bible
The LORD reigneth; let the earth rejoice; let the multitude of isles be glad thereof.
97:1 Isles - The Gentile nations, as this word, used Isa 42:4, is expounded, Matt 12:21.
Clouds and darkness are round about him: righteousness and judgment are the habitation of his throne.
97:2 Darkness - A dark cloud doth encompass him.
A fire goeth before him, and burneth up his enemies round about.
His lightnings enlightened the world: the earth saw, and trembled.
The hills melted like wax at the presence of the LORD, at the presence of the Lord of the whole earth.
The heavens declare his righteousness, and all the people see his glory.
97:6 Heavens - The angels, yea God himself from heaven.
Confounded be all they that serve graven images, that boast themselves of idols: worship him, all ye gods.
97:7 Confounded - Let them be ashamed of their folly. Gods - All you whom the Gentiles have made the objects of their worship.
Zion heard, and was glad; and the daughters of Judah rejoiced because of thy judgments, O LORD.
97:8 Zion - Thy people dwelling in Zion or Jerusalem, to whom Christ came. Heard - The fame of thy judgments, and the setting up the kingdom of the Messiah.
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.
97:11 Light - Joy and happiness. Sown - Is laid up for them.
Rejoice in the LORD, ye righteous; and give thanks at the remembrance of his holiness.