The LORD reigns; let the people tremble: he sits between the cherubim; let the earth be moved.…
I. BECAUSE OF HIS UNIVERSAL SUPREMACY. (Vers. 1-3.) His power exercised for the ends of goodness. "He is great in Zion," the most beneficent institution.
II. BECAUSE HE RULES FOR THE ESTABLISHMENT OF RIGHT AND TRUTH. (Vers. 4, 5.) He is setting up throughout the world righteous order, establishing the dominion of right and justice.
III. BECAUSE HE HEARS AND ANSWERS THOSE WHO PRAY TO HIM. (Vers. 6, 7.) Grants them their need; speaks to their minds; reveals his Law and his will to them; still guides as he guided his ancient people.
IV. BECAUSE HE IS MERCIFUL TO THE PENITENT. (Ver. 8.) "Thou wast a God that forgavest them."
V. BECAUSE HE PUNISHES THE IMPENITENT. (Ver. 8.) This is as great a necessity of his nature and rule as that he should pardon the penitent. He is holy. - S.
Parallel VersesKJV: The LORD reigneth; let the people tremble: he sitteth between the cherubims; let the earth be moved.