“Treasury of David” was written by Charles Haddon Spurgeon during the 19th century. I have re-written it in a way that makes more sense to people living in the 21st Century.
The Lord is king! He is robed in majesty.
Indeed, the Lord is robed in majesty and armed with strength.
The world stands firm and cannot be shaken.
Your throne, O Lord, has stood from time immemorial.
You yourself are from the everlasting past.
The floods have risen up, O Lord.
The floods have roared like thunder;
the floods have lifted their pounding waves.
But mightier than the violent raging of the seas,
mightier than the breakers on the shore—
the Lord above is mightier than these!
Your royal laws cannot be changed.
Your reign, O Lord, is holy forever and ever.
Verse 1. The LORD is king! He is robed in majesty. Indeed, the LORD is robed in majesty and armed with strength. The world stands firm and cannot be shaken. It is pointless to try stop of destroy God, his throne is unmoved; he has been King, he is King, and will be King for ever and ever. Whatever chaos and rebellion on earth there may be, the King who is forever sits above all; and everywhere he is really Master, I don’t care if God’s enemies rage and fight and give him the middle finger – this means nothing. All things are ordered according to his eternal purposes, and his will is done – always. In the verse here before us it would seem as if the Lord had for a while appeared to leave the throne, but suddenly he puts on his royal clothes and walks up his high and mighty seat, while his happy people proclaim him with new joy, shouting “The Lord is King! What can give greater joy to a loyal servant than the sight of the king in his beauty? Jesus is oh too beautiful and he is King and when we see him as King we shout for joy. Let us repeat the words, “the Lord is King,” whispering it in the ears of the sad and oppressed, and publishing it in the face of the enemy. He is clothed with majesty. Not with signs of majesty, but with majesty itself: everything which surrounds him is majestic. His is not the “look like” but the reality of sovereignty. He does not have the appearance of being King – he is the King. In nature, providence, and salvation the Lord is infinite in majesty. Happy are the people among whom the Lord appears in all the glory of his grace, conquering their enemies, and subduing all things unto himself; then we will see that is clothed with majesty.
The LORD is clothed with strength. His clothes of glory are not his only display; he wears strength also as his belt and robe. He is always strong, but sometimes he shows his power in a special way, and may therefore be said to be clothed with it; just as he is always majestic, but yet there are seasons when he reveals his glory, and so wears his majesty, or shows himself in it. May the Lord appear in his church, in our day in manifest majesty and might, saving sinners, slaying errors, and honoring his own name. Oh for a day of the Son of man, in which the King Immortal and Almighty shall stand upon his glorious high throne, to be feared in the great congregation, and admired by all them that believe. As men hold up their robes when they run or work, so the Lord appears in the eyes of his people to be preparing for action. Strength is always with the Lord Jehovah, but he hides his power full often, until, in answer to his children’s cries, he puts on strength, goes up the throne, and defends his own. It should be a constant idea in prayer that in our day the reign of the Lord may be seen by all. And his power displayed in his church and for her. “Your kingdom come” should be our daily prayer: that the Lord Jesus does actually reign should be our daily praise.
The world also is established and it cannot be moved. Because Jehovah the Lord reigns, the land for a while is stable. We could not be sure of anything if we were not sure that he has rule over this earth. When he withdraws his manifest presence from among humans all things are out of order; blasphemers rave, persecutors rage, the profane grow bold, and the licentious increase in evil; but when the divine power and glory are again shown order is restored, and the poor distracted world is at peace again. There is stability in this world and in the Church because God has given it to the earth. It is only the Lord’s doings, and he is to be crowned for it. Atheism is the mother of anarchy; the reigning power of God exhibited in true religion is the only security for the human beings. A belief in God is the foundation and cornerstone of a well ordered state.
Verse 2. Your throne, O Lord, has stood from time immemorial. You yourself are from the everlasting past. Even if it looks like Gods rule as King has only started now, his rule did not just start. In the most ancient times Gods rule was secure, but before time was his throne was set up? The answer is yes. Gods rule and reign has been from before there was time itself. We often hear of ancient dynasties, but what are they when compared with the Lord? Are they not as the bubble on the waters of the sea, born an instant ago and gone as soon as seen? Lord you are from everlasting. The Lord himself is eternal – God has no beginning and no end. Let the believer rejoice that the government under which they do their work has an immortal ruler at its head. This ruler is Jesus who has existed from all eternity and will flourish when all created things have passed away. Behind all our failing governments and organizations is one person who holds up it all – the person of Christ – the second person of the Trinity. One God who is one community. Proud are the rebellions of humans, the kingdom of God is not shaken.
Verse 3. The floods have risen up, O Lord. The floods have roared like thunder; the floods have lifted their pounding waves. People have raged like angry waves of the sea, but useless has been their anger. See that the writer of this turns to the Lord when he sees the waves foam, and hears the sea roar; he does not waste his breath by talking to the waves, or to violent men; but like Hezekiah he spreads the words of the wicked before the Lord. The floods have risen up… the flood have roared. This repetition is needed for the both the poetry and the music, but they also suggest the frequency and the violence of wicked – their attacks upon the government of God, and the repeated defeats which they sustain. Sometimes men are furious in words – they lift up their voice, and at other times they rise to acts of violence – they lift up their waves; but the Lord has control over them in either case. The ungodly are all foam and fury, noise and empty sounds, during their little hour, and then the tide turns or the storm is hushed, and we hear no more of them; while the kingdom of the everlasting Savior Lord of heaven continues in the wonder of its power.
Verse 4. But mightier than the violent raging of the seas, mightier than the breakers on the shore – the Lord above is mightier than these! The biggest forces against God is to God a small sound that he can easily handle, therefore he calls it a noise. When people join arms to overthrow the kingdom of Jesus, plot secretly, and again and again rage openly, the Lord thinks no more of it than of so much noise upon the sea beach. Jehovah, the self-existent and omnipotent, does not for the opposition of dying men, however many or mighty they may be.
“Loud the stormy clouds spoke,
Loud the cloud raised their cry;
Fierce the stormy clouds broke,
Sounding to the bright sky.
Strong the waves reaching high,
Stronger is the Lord’s might.
True are his words and is his temple bright.”
Big are the mighty waves of the sea. When the storm raises Atlantic winds, and drives them on with terrific force, the Lord is still able to hold them back, and so also when arrogant people, full of rage the Lord rise up against him. He is easily able to hold them back. King Jesus is able to overrule their evil. Kings or mobs, emperors or savages, all are in the Lord’s hands, and he can stop them touching a hair on the heads of his saints – the Church.
Verse 5. Your royal laws cannot be changed. Your reign, O Lord, is holy forever and ever. As in sovereignty the throne of God is fixed beyond all risk, so in revelation his truth is beyond all questions. Other teachings are uncertain, but the revelations of heaven are perfect in every way. As the rocks remain unmoved amid the storms of the sea, so does divine truth stop all the currents of human opinion and the storms of human controversy; they are not only sure, but very sure. Glory be to God, we have not been lied to made up idea: our faith is grounded upon the eternal truth of the Most High. Holiness is found in the house of God – forever. Truth does not change in its doctrines, which are very sure; neither does holiness change in its ideas, which are not corruptible. The teaching and the character of God are both unchangeable. God has not allowed evil to live with him, he will not tolerate it in his house, he is eternally its enemy, and is forever the close friend of holiness and truth. The church must also stay unchanged, and forever be holiness unto the Lord. We must stay unchanged in our beliefs of God, of our mission and of sin. Yes we must change how we communicate his unchanging word to every generation – but the doctrine, the theology that we teach does not and must not ever change. The God of Abraham is the God of Isaiah is the God of Malachi is the God of John is the God of Lydia is the God of Augustine is the God of Patrick is the God of John Huss is the God of Count Zin Zin Dorf is the God of Lloyd Jones and is the God of Lecrae and Beth Moore (along with many other women and children and men). The Churches King will keep her undefiled by the enemies dirty foot. Set apart to the Lord is the real Church of Jesus Christ, and so will she be kept evermore. “the Lord reigns,” is the first word and the main idea of the psalm, and holiness is the final result; a right praise for the great King will lead us to take on actions that are right for his royal presence. Divine sovereignty both confirms the promises as certain, and enforces the laws. The whole psalm is most impressive, and is calculated to comfort the distressed, strengthen the weak, and help the faithful. O Lord – you are such a gracious King and you reign over us forever! We do not desire to question or stop your power; your character is such that we rejoice to see you use the rights of an absolute King. All power is in your hands, and we rejoice to have it so. Hosanna! Hosanna!
Praise the Lord!
Praise God in his sanctuary;
praise him in his mighty heaven!
Praise him for his mighty works;
praise his unequaled greatness!
Praise him with a blast of the ram’s horn;
praise him with the lyre and harp!
Praise him with the tambourine and dancing;
praise him with strings and flutes!
Praise him with a clash of cymbals;
praise him with loud clanging cymbals.
Let everything that breathes sing praises to the Lord!
Praise the Lord!
The word, “praise” means to – lift-up, honor, glorify, worship, commend. In Psalm 150 the praise is for God.