December 14th, 2019 PSALM 99

December 14th, 2019
Sustained by God’s Word of Joy

Psalm 99: This psalm affirms that God is the supreme king and that God alone is holy. It concludes the collection of psalms we have been reading the past several days (93 – 99) that praise God as king and righteous judge.

Praise the LORD our God; worship before his throne! Holy is he!

God the Supreme King

1 The Lord is king,

and the people tremble.

He sits on his throne above the winged creatures,

and the earth shakes.

2The Lord is mighty in Zion;

he is supreme over all the nations.

3Everyone will praise his great and majestic name.

Holy is he!

4Mighty king, you love what is right;

you have established justice in Israel;

you have brought righteousness and fairness.

5Praise the Lord our God;

worship before his throne!

Holy is he!

6Moses and Aaron were his priests,

and Samuel was one who prayed to him;

they called to the Lord, and he answered them.

7 He spoke to them from the pillar of cloud;

they obeyed the laws and commands that he gave them.

8O Lord, our God, you answered your people;

you showed them that you are a God who forgives,

even though you punished them for their sins.

9Praise the Lord our God,

and worship at his sacred hill!

The Lord our God is holy.

Verses 3 and 5 end with the words “Holy is he!” and verse 9 concludes with similar words. What has the psalm writer said about God? Verses 6 and 7 include references to leaders in Israel’s past – Moses, Aaron, and Samuel – and how God spoke to them. Moses led the people out of Egypt (Exodus 12:37—14:31); Aaron was Moses’s brother and he and his sons became Israel’s first priests (Exodus 28:1); Samuel led the people after the time of the judges until Israel got its first king (1 Samuel 12:1-25). While the Israelites were in the wilderness, God appeared in the form of a cloud (Exodus 19:9; 33:9). In what ways does God speak to you?

Holy are you, Lord God, king of all creation. I worship and adore you and praise you for your deeds of righteousness and justice. As I listen for your voice, teach me your ways and order my steps this day. In your holy name, I pray. Amen.

Those who mentor us in faith

Isaiah 8:1-20: The prophet Isaiah’s wife gives birth to a son.


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