Psalm 99 opens with, “The Lord reigns, let the nations tremble.” This line evokes a powerful God. goes on to speak of how God is holy and mighty and that we should worship at His footstool. These words and images indicate a God that is far above mankind in status and place. The psalmist almost makes God so far above us that we can barely connect to Him. At times, particularly when I have sinned, it can be easy to see God in this manner.
But beginning in verse six, we are reminded that God connects with mankind in personal ways. We are reminded of how Moses, Aaron, and Samuel all called on God and of how He answered them as He spoke directly with them. Our mighty and holy and powerful God desires the same intimacy with us. He longs for this on a daily, moment-by-moment basis, not just once a week or once in a while.
Often when we gather for worship, we begin by inviting God’s presence to be among us. The words of the prayers, liturgies, sermon, and songs are all meant to help us connect to God and to feel His presence in our time of worship. Our praise builds out of this sense of connection and relationship. Our mighty and holy and powerful God desires a one-on-one connection with each of us.
As in the psalm, God desires to be our defender, our redeemer, and our champion of justice. This desire is for all of the time, not just on a Sunday morning. May we begin each day by inviting God to be present in our lives that day. Throughout the day may we reach out and connect to Him, continually inviting Him into our lives. And at the end of the day, may we thank God for His constant presence with us throughout that day. May the Lord God be with you!
Scripture reference: Psalm 99