Psalm 99

Psalm 99 is another psalm that talks about God as King.  And the reality is that He is still King and on the throne over all.  He is ruling the entire universe, just as He did from Creation.  “The Lord reigns; let the peoples tremble”!  God is in control.  He alone reigns.  And we need to not only acknowledge that, but realize that as King He will someday call us to account.  God is not just ruler, He also is Lord to those who believe in Him.  Lord means that He has the seat on the throne of our life as an individual – that we have given Him control of us.  That is the kind of relationship God wants.

Part of His Kingship means we should praise Him.  “Let them praise your great and awesome name! Holy is he”!  He is worthy of our praise.  He is holy.  God’s name means that all of God is worthy of our praise.  His love, His power, His anger, His promises and His judgment.  It is all good and in keeping with His nature and character.  And it remains the same forever.  God never changes.  “The King in his might loves justice. You have established equity; you have executed justice and righteousness”.  Judgment is coming, and it will come from the King.

Until that time, we need to be in a deep relationship with Him.  We are able to bring our praise and requests to His very footstool.  We can have a personal relationship with God Himself.  “Exalt the Lord our God; worship at his footstool! Holy is he”!  That is one of the greatest gifts that God gives us – access to the King.  We need to approach His throne humbly and on our knees.  We need to remember that He is King and worthy of our praise.  But we can come to Him.  We have the opportunity to bring our praise and prayers to His feet.

The psalmist writes about Moses, Aaron and Samuel as examples of men who got this right.  “They kept his testimonies and the statute that he gave them”.  Part of coming to the footstool of the King involves our obedience and life.  These three worshipped Him well and called Him Lord.  He was not just a distant King sitting on a throne, but rather a personal relationship that was on the throne of their life.  We need to live that same way, in humble obedience to what God has commanded.  Then we need to worship Him.  “Exalt the Lord our God, and worship at his holy mountain; for the Lord our God is holy”!

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