Vacation – June 23

Text: Psalm 99 (Read it here)20160623

The King is mighty, he loves justice—
    you have established equity;
in Jacob you have done
    what is just and right.
Exalt the Lord our God
    and worship at his footstool;
    he is holy.

(Psalm 99.4-5, NIV)

Exalt the Lord Our God
Author: Ralph Beistle

In Psalm 99, a call was given to God’s people to “Exalt the Lord our God.”  In other words: reverence, honor, glorify, and regard His power, character, and quality high above anything with which He might be compared.  As such He chose to bless His people – and the Psalmist specifically cites Moses, Aaron, Jacob, and Samuel as persons who glorified and worshiped Him.  They were used to lead others to do God’s will because they had a proper sense of reverence toward the Almighty.

Unfortunately, most people did not grasp the vital need to glorify Him – not in the days of Noah; in the days of the founding of the nation of Israel; nor in New Testament times. The sad thing is that this same disregard for the Lord our God prevails today.

Remember Paul’s discourse to the learned men of Athens in Acts 17.  Paul introduced them to another kind of God – one previously unknown to them.  In those days, the prevailing philosophy was there were many gods, some capricious, some exploitive – all of them conceived in the minds of men, instead of being revealed to them by the words of the Prophets, Priests, or teachers of the Scriptures.  Paul knew and referred to Greek philosophy.  He was not reluctant to criticize their “foreign” religion, so that they could know the REAL GOD, who is deserving of exaltation because:

  • He made everything.
  • He does not require man-made structures.
  • He gives life and breath to anything that lives.
  • He is not distant to anyone.
  • He raised Christ from the dead.

John adds an ultimate description to justify our call to exalt the Lord our God:

Beloved, let us love one another, for love is from God; and everyone who loves is born of God and knows God.  The one who does not love does not know God, for God is love.”  1 John 4:1-2.

Responding to this God, man must:

  • Seek Him
  • Repent of disobedience
  • Exalt Him

Today, let us resolve to continually:  “Exalt the Lord our God and worship at his holy mountain, for the Lord our God is holy.”  Psalm 99:9.

Questions:

If someone told you “the Lord reigns,” what do you think they would be talking about? In what ways does the reign of God present itself to you today?

How important is justice to God? How important is justice to you? When you think about a sovereign Lord who loves justice, what sort of actions do you expect from God? How does God show his justice today?

Why does it make sense to worship a God who is sovereign, that is, who created the heavens and earth and reigns over them today? Why is worship of God such a key element of finding rest in God? How can you better worship God today?

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