This Psalm (which is the set Psalm for tomorrow) is one of seven “enthronement” psalms. These were songs that originated when the Israelites were in exile in Babylon. They were subject to a foreign power, who demanded that they accept a foreign ruler as their Lord. And even when they were allowed to return to their land, they remained vassals of foreign powers such as the Persians, the Greeks and the Romans. The Israelites resisted this by singing songs that affirmed that God was their King. These were psalms that enabled them to believe that despite their captivity, God was still on the throne, and the day would come when the power of God would be revealed.
This is a helpful psalm for moments when we despair and begin to think that wicked rulers are behaving as if God were not in charge. At such times it is important to state our faith: “For you, O LORD, are most high over all the earth; you are exalted far above all gods”. The gods of our times will not hold sway forever. Light shall dawn for the righteous, and the upright in heart shall rejoice.
Read the Psalm aloud and make it your own claim of faith.