Sunday, November 11, 2012

Psalm 99:9

Last night Robin and I read Psalm 99.  It is a short psalm, just nine verses, which praise God for who He is.  While they are worded slightly differently, verses 5 and 9 concisely tell God’s people what they are to do and why they should do it.  They are to exalt, or highly praise, God, because He is holy.  Verse 9 says:

“Exalt the LORD our God, and worship at his holy mountain; for the LORD our God is holy.”

Generally speaking, I am not crazy about excerpting parts out of Scripture, such as times when a worship prayer may be derived from a Psalm and rather than using the whole Psalm, or a whole section of it, the prayer uses selected verses and skips other verses.  It makes me wonder what the verses that are being omitted say, and what God may have to say to us today through those verses.

With that disclaimer in place I’m going to do exactly that type of cutting out with Psalm 99:9, dropping the middle phrase and leaving us with:

“Exalt the LORD our God…for the LORD our God is holy.”

We don’t have to wait for a designated time of worship, or for a gathering with other Christians, in order to exalt God.  We can do it at any time or place where we may be.  We can do it no matter whom we are with at the time. 

The Lord God is always holy.  He is always perfect, pure, without defect, without beginning or end.  His love is always perfect and without limit to those He pours it out on. 

Has God lavished His love on you?  Give Him the thanks and praise that only He deserves.

Not sure if God loves you?  Ask Him, and He will most certainly touch you.  And if you want a companion for the journey I would be glad to accompany you, just send me an email at

“Exalt the LORD our God…for the LORD our God is holy.”

Scripture quotations are from The Holy Bible, English Standard Version® (ESV®), copyright © 2001 by Crossway, a publishing ministry of Good News Publishers. Used by permission. All rights reserved.

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