Psalm 99- An Awesome (Awe Inspiring) God

[The exclusion of certain verses is not my trying to change the text, or take anything out of context, but as in a sermon, focusing on specific verses of the text.]Psalm 99

Vs. 1-3

  • The LORD reigneth; let the people tremble: he sitteth between the cherubims; let the earth be moved.
  • The LORD is great in Zion; and he is high above all the people.
  • Let them praise thy great and terrible name; for it is holy.

–*God’s power is not something to be laughed at, or taken lightly. To fully understand His awesome power would be to tremble in fear over every foolish and sinful deed I have ever committed, and the rebellion those sins entailed. To envision myself as a worthless sinner in the hands of an Angry God should strike terror into my very being.

And then to remember that (though He had every reason) He did not cast me into Hell the instant I left my mother’s womb, but gave me the opportunity to be forgiven of my sinful nature, and continues to bless me–Oh to remember that replaces the trembling terror with reverent awe. What a mighty God we serve!

 

Vs. 5

  • Exalt ye the LORD our God, and worship at his footstool; for he is holy.

–*The irreverent Christian today envisions themselves palling around with God. The wicked apostate envisions God as an irreverent, trans-gendered, emasculated, disjointed, all inclusive pseudo-deity that they can feel comfortable and intimate with, without fear of actual conviction (see ‘The Shack’). How quickly (and willfully) they forget the power and awesome presence of Almighty God. How often I, myself, replace the actual God of my soul with a more comfortable idol that pardons and excuses my sins as easily as a duck’s feathers excuse water…

Oh modern Christian… Let us not forget that our God is an awesome God, one that should inspire awe, reverence, and an adequate fear to temper and perfect the love that we show.

 

Vs. 6-8

  • Moses and Aaron among his priests, and Samuel among them that call upon his name; they called upon the LORD, and he answered them.
  • He spake unto them in the cloudy pillar: they kept his testimonies, and the ordinance that he gave them.
  • Thou answeredst them, O LORD our God: thou wast a God that forgavest them, though thou tookest vengeance of their inventions.

–*God forgives our sins, but do not mistake forgiveness for indifference. God forgave Moses and Aaron in the wilderness, but the righteous, holy, Almighty God still took vengeance against the wicked inventions of their hearts. Oh contemporary Christian, do not make the mistake of thinking that because God forgives, that He will allow the idolatrous inventions of your heart to remain unchecked in your life. God is a forgiving, loving God, but that does not exclude His righteous jealousy. We must not only fall at His nail scarred feet and in sincerity ask forgiveness, we must also leave the idols of our hearts there, never again to be taken up.

 

Vs. 9

  • Exalt the LORD our God, and worship at his holy hill; for the LORD our God is holy.

–*In all of this, our hearts and minds should remember–Our God is Holy (Vs. 3). We should exalt and worship Him in reverent light of that fact.

We should not be straight laced, sober, and sad, and never raise our praise above a minor key. But all of our praise should remain in the light that who we worship is God Almighty, not the apostate invention of a seared modern desire.

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