Ps 99:1-9. God's government is especially exercised in and for His Church, which should praise Him for His gracious dealings.
1. sitteth . . . cherubim--(compare 1Sa 4:4 Ps 80:1). tremble . . . be moved--inspired with fear by His judgments on the wicked.
2. great in Zion--where He dwells (Ps 9:11). 3. thy . . . name--perfections of justice, power, &c. great and terrible name--producing dread (De 10:17), and to be praised by those over whom He is exalted (Ps 97:9). it is holy--or, "He is holy" (Ps 99:5,9 Isa 6:3). 4, 5. To His wise and righteous government all nations should render honor. king's . . . judgment--His power is combined with justice. he is holy--(compare Ps 22:3). 6-8. The experience of these servants of God is cited for encouragement. among . . . priests, among . . . upon the Lord [and] He spake . . . pillar--may be referred to all three (compare Ex 18:19 Le 8:15 De 5:5 1Sa 9:13).
7. cloudy pillar--the medium of divine intercourse (Ex 33:9 Nu 12:5). Obedience was united with worship. God answered. them as intercessors for the people, who, though forgiven, were yet chastened (Ex 32:10,34).