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The reign of Jehovah, while wholly beneficent in purpose and in ultimate issue, is yet full of terror and of judgment in its process toward the issue. This is also cause for rejoicing.
The method of God’s judgments is described. They are mysterious, “Clouds and darkness are round about Him.” They are founded upon strictest justice, “Righteousness and judgment are the foundation of His throne.” They are forceful, “A fire goeth before Him.”
The effects of His judgments are declared. His adversaries are destroyed, His glory is revealed, His people are filled with joy. The vision of the certainty, method, and victory of the judgments of the King gives rise to a sense of their underlying reason. He is the Holy One, and all wickedness is hateful to Him because of the harm it works among His people, for the fierceness of God’s holiness is ever His love. Therefore let His saints learn the lesson and “hate evil.” The promise to those who obey is very full of beauty. “Light is sown ... and gladness.” It is a figure of the dawn, shedding its light everywhere. To hate evil is to walk in light. To walk in light is to be able to discover the true pathway leading toward the desired consummation. To walk in that pathway is to have gladness in the heart indeed.
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Morgan, G. Campbell. "Commentary on Psalms 97". "Morgan's Exposition on the Bible". https://studylight.org/
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