May 10, 2019

Psalm 99:1 (NLT) — 1 The Lord is king! Let the nations tremble! He sits on his throne between the cherubim. Let the whole earth quake!

This is a reminder that our world needs to hear. The Lord isn’t just out there unconcerned about humanity. He isn’t off doing something that would take his mind off us. The Lord exists whether one believes in Him or not. He is the King! He isn’t out to lunch or on vacation; He is on His throne and we should all tremble when we think the times that we have taken Him for granted and not given Him the allegiance that He is due.

“Men of the world ridiculed ‘the Quakers’ for trembling when under the power of the Holy Spirit; had they been able to discern the majesty of the Eternal they would have quaked also.” (Spurgeon)

“His living throne of cherubim—not the weaponless cupids of religious art but the mighty beings whose forms summed up for Ezekiel the whole kingdom of earthly creatures—this living throne is a flying chariot, fiery with judgment and salvation.” (Kidner)

Our president travels on Air Force One but his jurisdiction is confined to the air space of America. Our Lord rides on Cherubim One and His jurisdiction extends out to all air space every where!

Psalm 99:2–3 (NLT) — 2 The Lord sits in majesty in Jerusalem, exalted above all the nations. 3 Let them praise your great and awesome name. Your name is holy!

Jerusalem was built on a hill and this language is used to remind us that God is above and we are below. Holy in part means to be separate. We must always remember that God is the Creator and we are the creature. The Creator always deserves the praise of the creature and yet many times the creatures in this world give way more praise to the created than they do to the Creator. O that this would change.

Holy is a word to emphasize the distance between God and man: not only morally, as between the pure and the polluted, but in the realm of being, between the eternal and the creaturely.” (Kidner)

God Himself is set apart in many senses. He is set apart from creation, in that the Lord God is not a creature, and He exists outside of all creation. If all creation were to dissolve, the Lord God would remain. He is set apart from humanity, in that His nature or essence is Divine, not human. God is not a super-man or the ultimate man. God is not merely smarter than any man, stronger than any man, older than any man, or better than any man. You can’t measure God on man’s chart at all. He is Divine, and we are human. (David Guzik)

Psalm 99:4 (NLT) — 4 Mighty King, lover of justice, you have established fairness. You have acted with justice and righteousness throughout Israel.

They say that absolute power corrupts absolutely. Fortunately this is not true of our Mighty King. Unlike human beings who have obtained power and might our King can be trusted to always act with justice and righteousness. We can truly feel safe and be at rest knowing that our King is on His throne.

“God abuseth not his kingly power to tyranny, but joineth it with his justice and uprightness. Regiment without righteousness is but robbery with authority.” (Trapp)

“Most kingdoms have an establishment of some kind, and generally it is inequitable; here we have an establishment which is equity itself. The Lord our God demolishes every system of injustice, and right alone is made to stand.” (Spurgeon)

Psalm 99:5 (NLT) — 5 Exalt the Lord our God! Bow low before his feet, for he is holy!

There is no better time than today to bow and acknowledge the Lord as King. Truly He is holy! Our God is not like the gods of Greek mythology who weren’t any righteous than the people they supposedly ruled over; in fact they were just as foolish and sinful as any human being. They committed the same acts of folly. But our Lord, even though he walks among us and lives in us, has separated himself from being involved in our sinfulness.

“Holiness is the harmony of all the virtues. The Lord has not one glorious attribute alone, or in excess, but all glories are in him as a whole; this is the crown of his honour and the honour of his crown. His power is not his choicest jewel, nor his sovereignty, but his holiness.” (Spurgeon)

Psalm 99:6–7 (NLT) — 6 Moses and Aaron were among his priests; Samuel also called on his name. They cried to the Lord for help, and he answered them. 7 He spoke to Israel from the pillar of cloud, and they followed the laws and decrees he gave them.

Moses, Aaron and Samuel were human just like all of us. It was only when they bowed at the feet of the Lord and called on His name that he lifted them up to their leadership positions. And even then they had moments of failure and had to be disciplined by the Lord. I believe they were put in this psalm to spur us on to seek the Lord and bow before him in prayer that he might lift us up and set us on the path of holiness.

“To encourage the faithful in the worship of God, the examples of Moses, Aaron, and Samuel are adduced, men of like infirmities with ourselves, whose prayers were heard, both for themselves and others.” (Horne)

“Evidently those that call upon the name of God compose a separate class… It is a high honor to be included among them that call upon His name. If you cannot find your place in any other class, perhaps it is here.” (Meyer)

Psalm 99:8–9 (NLT) — 8 O Lord our God, you answered them. You were a forgiving God to them, but you punished them when they went wrong. 9 Exalt the Lord our God, and worship at his holy mountain in Jerusalem, for the Lord our God is holy!

Take note here that the psalm started out with the holiness of God and it ended with the holiness of God. It is a reminder to us that we are a separate people. We are not to act like the world around. We are a chosen people, a royal priest hood, and a holy nation. So start the day with holiness on your mind and end the day with that holiness still on your mind. The Lord said to be holy as I am holy.

1 Thessalonians 4:3 (NLT) — 3 God’s will is for you to be holy, so stay away from all sexual sin.

1 Peter 1:15–16 (NLT) — 15 But now you must be holy in everything you do, just as God who chose you is holy. 16 For the Scriptures say, “You must be holy because I am holy.”

Revelation 22:11 (NLT) — 11 Let the one who is doing harm continue to do harm; let the one who is vile continue to be vile; let the one who is righteous continue to live righteously; let the one who is holy continue to be holy.”

Be Inspired Hilltop!

P.S. Lord willing I will be leaving on a two week motorcycle trip with Andy this Sunday after church. Going down to New Mexico, over to Arizona, down to Southern California, north of L.A. up to San Francisco, then up the Pacific Coast Hwy, back through Oregon, and Montana. I will stay with my sister for a few days in Missoula and then on home. I will resume the blog perhaps the first Monday in June. I would be very grateful for your prayers for protection. Thank you.

Comments

  1. Toni Ericson says

    Prayers. Have a fabulous trip!