The passage struck me because of the result that is described. All kings give thanks. The cause is hearing the Words of God. I found that incredible. So I looked to see if there was some nuance in the Hebrew that explained the effect of the Words of God on all the rulers of the earth. I expected to see some nuance like understand or comprehend. But no. It just means “hear.”
How can that be? How can the Words of God’s mouth cause all of the kings of the earth to give thanks? As I thought through that Hebrews 4:12 – 13 came to mind. Then Philippians 2:9 – 11. Then Revelation 19:11 – 16. From Psalm 138:4 through Revelation 19:11 – 16 we have a picture of the Word of God in both verbal, written, and incarnated forms powerfully impacting not just the lives of believers, but the governments of the world.
They may not believe it. They may not respect it. That does not diminish its power. It will cause them to respond as God intends.