Psalms 97:1 The Lord reigns, let all the earth rejoice. Righteousness and justice are the foundations of His throne.
Psalms 97:2-12 Cloud and thick mist enfolds Him. Fire goes ahead and consumes His enemies all around. His lightning flashes light up all the world and the earth quakes. Mountains melt like wax at His approach, God, the Maker of all things.
The heavens proclaim His righteousness and all the peoples look to His glory. Those who worship idols will be shamed – worship God, all you gods!
Zion hears and rejoices, all the towns of Judah are glad at your judgements. For You, are the Most High over all the earth.
The Lord loves those who hate evil and He keeps His loyal servants safe. He rescues them from the power of the wicked. Light comes upon His people and joy comes to the upright in heart. Rejoice in your God, all you that are righteous and praise His Holy Name.
Psalms 97 is the story in a ‘nutshell’ of what the Lord plans to do in the immediate future of our world:
Verse 1 – reminds us of the Lord’s Kingship and His just rule over His creation.
Verse 2-5 – Describes literally and accurately the next prophesied event, the Lord’s Day of vengeance and wrath, when He won’t be seen. The Lord will use a seemingly natural disaster, a massive CME to destroy His enemies, those who are living in the Holy Land and those who conspire to attack the State of Israel. Psalms 83, Micah 4:11-12
Verse 6-7 – Tells how the false religions and the idols of our modern age, will be put to shame, that is: discredited and their holy places destroyed. eg; the Dome of the Rock
Verse 8-9 All of that area, from the Sea, [Mediterranean] to the Great river, [Euphrates – Numbers 34:1-12] will be cleared and cleansed. Isaiah 66:15-17
Verse 10-12 The Lord will protect and rescue everybody ‘who hates evil’ and those ‘who call on His Name’. Joel 2:32, Acts 2:21 His Spirit will be sent upon them. Ezekiel 36:25-28
They will live in all of that Land promised to the Patriarchs, in peace and prosperity. Isaiah 32:15-20, Ezekiel 34:11-16
Jesus is not present, as He will be later for His Millennial reign. This is clear from Ezekiel 34:30 Thus you will know that I: Y’hovah, your God, am with you and that you are My people. This is stated by Ezekiel 36 times. By His deeds, we will know Him.
Isaiah 6:11-13 I asked the Lord: How long? [Before the redemption of His people]
He answered; Until the Land and cities are ruined and deserted, the houses unoccupied. The Lord will drive the population far away and the country will be one vast desolation. [All the holy Land]Even though a tenth of the people remain, they too, will be destroyed until only a stump remains, but that will become a holy seed.
The current population of the Holy Land will be 2/3rds killed by the Lord’s Day of vengeance and wrath and of the remainder, only a remnant will survive, to ‘become a holy seed’ of the House of Judah. Their kinsmen; the House of Israel, now every faithful Christian person, will then join them. Ezekiel 34:11-16
Ref; REB. Some verses abridged.