Jehovah Sits Enthroned

Jehovah sits enthroned in majesty most bright

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1 The LORD is King, enthroned
in majesty most bright,
appareled in omnipotence,
and girded round with might.

2 The world established stands
on its foundations broad;
your throne is fixed, you reign supreme,
the everlasting God.

3 The seas have lifted up
their voice in majesty,
but God on high, supreme in might,
is greater than the sea.

4 Your testimonies, LORD,
in faithfulness excel,
and holy must your servants be
who in your temple dwell.

Source: Psalter Hymnal (Gray) #93

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First Line: Jehovah sits enthroned in majesty most bright
Title: Jehovah Sits Enthroned
Language: English


A celebration of the mighty power by which the LORD keeps creation's order secure.

Scripture References:
st. 1 = v. 1a
st. 2 = vv. 1b-2
st. 3 = vv. 3-4
st. 4 = v. 5

Psalm 93 is the most succinct of the cluster 92-100, all of which share the theme of the kingship of the LORD. This psalm was to be sung by the Levites in the liturgy of a high religious festival (perhaps the Feast of Tabernacles) celebrating the LORD's kingship over the whole world (st. 1). Because God has founded all creation, no chaotic power (such as the raging seas) can threaten or undo it (st. 2-3). Even God's moral order stands firm (st. 4). In the post-exilic liturgy of the temple, this psalm was sung at the time of the morning sacrifice on the sixth day of the week; Christians sing it to honor the reign of Christ. The versification (altered) is from the 1912 Psalter. Another setting of Psalm 93 is at 172.

Liturgical Use:
Ascension celebrations; many other occasions in Christian worship.

--Psalter Hymnal Handbook



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