Archive for September 25th, 2012

Psalm 99

Psalm 99 again reminds us “the Lord reigns”.  How do we know?  “He sits enthroned….the Lord is great…..He is exalted over all the peoples”.  The reality is that our God sits on the throne of the universe.  Why?  Because He created it.  He is in control.  He is in charge.  And we must never forget that.  “Holy is He”.  We are not even close to being like God.  Earthly rulers may deceive themselves, and us for that matter, into believing that they are some amazing thing but they aren’t.  They are mere man.  And God is who He claims He is.

What should our response be?  The psalmist says it this way:

–       “let the peoples tremble

–       let the earth quake

–       let them praise your great and awesome name

–       exalt the Lord our God

–       worship at His footstool

In a word, our worship needs to be filled with action.  God IS and because He is we need to fear and worship Him.  He is worthy of our praise!

We learn a bit about the nature of God here.  He is “holy….established equity…..executed justice and righteousness…..forgiving….avenger of wrongdoings”.  The character of God is amazing.  It is the thing we can cling to.  His nature will never change.  He is the same yesterday, today and forever.  God never changes.  He is King of Kings.

We are reminded that he had relationships – with Moses and Aaron, and Samuel – but the truth is He wants the same with you and me.  God wants to be our God, not just in the macro, but in the micro.  He wants a personal relationship with each and every one of us.  “They called to the Lord, and He answered them”.  How cool is that?  Not in some ‘genie in a bottle’ kind of way, but through deep and heartfelt love and relationship.  God “spoke to them”.  It is that personal when we walk with God.  He hears, He answers, He cares.  There is one key: “they kept His testimonies and the statute He gave them”.  Obedience is a big part of the walk we need to focus on.  He requires that we walk in His truth.  “The Lord our God is holy”.  There is no other option.  But what better way to live life that walking with the God of the universe!

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