Reading: Psalm 99: 5-9
In today’s Psalm, we see four aspects of God, each requiring or provoking a response from the faithful. Each of these aspects of God continue to be a part of our faith today. Each is essential to a full relationship with God.
Verse five reminds us that God is holy. In God, there is only good. In God there cannot be any wrong or evil doing. It is the spark of the divine in each of us that makes all of humanity have a natural bent towards doing good in the world. Our response is to exalt the Lord and to worship our God.
Verse six speaks of calling on God. Moses, Aaron, and Samuel are but a few who called on God. There are many more who turned to the Lord our God in prayer. Each came before God with honest and sincere hearts and prayers and “He answered them”. Our response is to do the same. We are called to regular communication with God, in the pattern of these great examples.
In verse seven we are prompted to remember God’s statutes and decrees. The Bible is God’s guidance and directions for how to live as He intends us to live. Our response remains the same: be obedient to God’s ways.
Verse eight recalls the struggle we all face: sin. We will all experience temptation and at times we will all sin. This verse reads, “you were to Israel a forgiving God”. This remains one of God’s core characteristics. God loves His children and constantly seeks to restore us to a right relationship with Him. Because of this desire, our God is a loving, merciful, forgiving God.
Verse nine contains our response. It is a reminder of what this passage opened with. In light of all that God is, the psalmist again calls us to exalt and worship the Lord our God. May our lives today be filled with our praise of God, worshipping the Lord our God in all we do and say and think this day.