The LORD reigns; let the people tremble: he sits between the cherubim; let the earth be moved.…
We have here a contrast between the omnipotence of God and the impotence of man: — We see the great King sitting on His throne, raised up far above all the changes of time and sense; we see the people raging, discontented, contending one with another, but all their fury in no way affects the calm majesty of the great King. The picture is an impressive one. Power, solemnity, grandeur, on the one hand; paltriness, meanness, pretence on the other.
I. LET IT TEACH US OUR OWN INSIGNIFICANCE. We make among ourselves lords many and gods many. Our little sphere is exalted and magnified, but how ridiculous are our pretensions!
II. LET IT TEACH US OUR DEPENDENCE. All we can do cannot alter or change our condition. We must be dependent on the sovereign power of the Almighty.
III. LET IT TEACH US PATIENCE. The restless wave is hurled back upon itself broken in pieces from the granite rock. Our greenings and discontent recoil upon our own heads when we attempt to murmur against Omnipotence.
IV. LET IT TEACH US REVERENCE We cannot but honour One so great. Our own insignificance should teach us the folly of setting up ourselves as a model of perfection.
Parallel VersesKJV: The LORD reigneth; let the people tremble: he sitteth between the cherubims; let the earth be moved.