Psalm 99 Commentary
The LORD Reigns
The LORD reigns. The psalmist then describes the reign of the LORD: Greatness, awesome, holiness, justice, righteousness, and forgiving.
See how fallen humanity is. It despises the rule of God. Holiness, justice, righteousness, and forgiveness are despised and the saint is scorned for attempting them. The world operates on the opposite side of God’s rule. Justice, righteousness, and holiness are perfect recipes for failure in business. The saint must decide.
Yet the LORD reigns in the present. Let the peoples tremble; let the earth shake. It is all in the present. There is no delegation; there is neither gap nor absence. The captain hasn’t abandoned the ship. The LORD reigns.
Trembling is for the nations. Shaking is for the earth. They shall see and exalt the great name of the LORD. But Jacob shall worship at His footstool and experience the holiness of the LORD. They can interact with the LORD from this position. Just like Moses and Aaron, and also Samuel, the saint can call upon the LORD and expect the LORD to respond.
Indeed, the LORD responded by giving Moses, Aaron, and Samuel laws to follow. The world defined its own rules but the LORD responded by giving His people laws and regulations.
The LORD responds by giving us laws and regulations to follow. Let justice, righteousness, and holiness define the saint’s daily activities. The saint shall live by these laws and regulations. Of course, the saint may not get that deal done but let them remember the statutes of the LORD at all times.
Israel didn’t always respond in complete obedience. The just and righteous God moved in with punishment. Actually, a combination of punishment and forgiveness. Then humbled Israel still heard the LORD speak again about a return to the holy mountain. It is a place of otherness; a place of separation. Let them worship the LORD from a place of holiness.
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