Psalms 97:4

4 His lightnings light up the world; the earth sees and trembles.

Psalms 97:4 Meaning and Commentary

Psalms 97:4

His lightnings enlightened the world
Either the doctrines of the Gospel, compared thereunto, because of the swift progress they made, and the large extent of them in the world, in a very little time; by the apostles they were published in all nations, and were the means of enlightening them in the true knowledge of themselves, and of the way of salvation by Christ: hence they are called the "lights of the world", ( Matthew 5:14 ) , as the coming of Christ, in his kingdom and power, by them, is compared to lightning, and so are the arrows of his word, ( Matthew 24:27 ) ( Zechariah 9:14 ) , or else his judgments on the Jewish nation are meant, which were manifest and clear, and obvious to all the world; see ( Psalms 18:14 ) ,

the earth saw, and trembled;
the inhabitants of the earth, of the Gentile world, saw the judgments of God upon the Jews, and were astonished at them; see ( Deuteronomy 29:24 ) , it is usual for lightnings and earthquakes to go together; see ( Revelation 11:19 ) ( 16:15 ) .

Psalms 97:4 In-Context

2 Clouds and thick darkness are all around him; righteousness and justice are the foundation of his throne.
3 Fire goes before him, and consumes his adversaries on every side.
4 His lightnings light up the world; the earth sees and trembles.
5 The mountains melt like wax before the Lord, before the Lord of all the earth.
6 The heavens proclaim his righteousness; and all the peoples behold his glory.