The LORD reigns, he is clothed with majesty; the LORD is clothed with strength, with which he has girded himself…
Prayer book Version, "The Lord is King." The sentence would be more precisely rendered "has become King," for some particular manifestation of Jehovah's kingly rule was then occupying the psalmist's attention; but what that manifestation was cannot be discovered. Some associate the psalm with the returned captives, who, in some sense at least, re-established the theocracy. It represents the religious joy of the people in the setting up of Jehovah's kingdom, and the realized presence of Jehovah as the spiritual King; but the setting is that of a poet, who has a wider sphere from which to draw his figures than the religious man has. It needs attention that the King figure for God is not altogether satisfactory, because kingship is not a natural relation; it cannot be either a permanent or universal relation. Kingship represents a human expediency. God made families; these naturally organize into tribes. For families and tribes the rulers are fathers and patriarchs. Men made cities and nations, and invented kingships to centralize the governmental systems which they designed. The figure of king should therefore always be applied to God, and to the Messiah, with great care and caution. The actual kings who have ruled over nations, though they may, in some things, fitly represent God, in other things are wholly unworthy of him. And an ideal king is difficult to create mentally. It was the peculiarity of the Jew, that he had no earthly, visible king. Jehovah unseen yet ever present, was to the nation of Israel, all, and more than all, that human kings were to the nations around them. But this high view of the Divine Kingship Israel proved unable to maintain. It is that spiritual theocracy which the Lord Jesus came to restore.
I. THE KING FIGURE FOR GOD DECLARES HIS AUGUST POWER. Take the Eastern, rather than Western, idea of the king. In the East kings are regarded as the embodiment of all kinds of power. At first they were chosen because of bodily size and strength, as was king Saul. Notions of Divine power were connected with them. So Israel's God was thought of as the Omnipotent, All-controlling One.
II. THE KING FIGURE FOR GOD DECLARES HIS ABIDING PRESENCE. A king absent from his kingdom is inconceivable. If he is away, some one must take his place. So God as King is with his people.
III. THE KING FIGURE FOR GOD DECLARES HIS GRACIOUS PURPOSE. For a king ought to be the "father of his people;" supremely concerned for their highest well being. And God reigns with a view to securing righteousness, which is, for man, the supreme blessing. - R.T.
Parallel VersesKJV: The LORD reigneth, he is clothed with majesty; the LORD is clothed with strength, wherewith he hath girded himself: the world also is stablished, that it cannot be moved.