The Lord Our God Is Holy
We see that God displays His character of holiness all throughout the Old Testament. As we continue to look at God’s holiness revealed, today we land in the Psalms!
Psalm 99 –
“The Lord reigns; let the peoples tremble!
He sits enthroned upon the cherubim; let the earth quake!
The Lord is great in Zion;
he is exalted over all the peoples.
Let them praise your great and awesome name!
Holy is he!
The King in his might loves justice.
You have established equity;
you have executed justice
and righteousness in Jacob.
Exalt the Lord our God;
worship at his footstool!
Holy is he!
Moses and Aaron were among his priests,
Samuel also was among those who called upon his name.
They called to the Lord, and he answered them.
In the pillar of the cloud he spoke to them;
they kept his testimonies
and the statute that he gave them.
O Lord our God, you answered them;
you were a forgiving God to them,
but an avenger of their wrongdoings.
Exalt the Lord our God,
and worship at his holy mountain;
for the Lord our God is holy!”
In Psalm 99, we see it broken up into three parts, each one describing the holiness of God. Holy, holy, holy is He. In the first few verses, we see that He is seated and is ruling, and that people tremble and the earth quakes. We see that God is great, awesome, just, righteous, and worthy of praise!
The next portion looks back to Moses, Aaron, and Samuel. It reminds us of the faithfulness of the Lord and His work that He has done.
The last couple of verses speak of God being forgiving and merciful while also being just. It ends with “worship at His holy mountain; for the LORD our God is holy!” This revelation of His character causes us to do nothing but worship!
Jen Wilkin says in In His Image, “God’s holiness, his utter purity of character, is what distinguishes him from all other rivals.” Our God is holy, completely set apart and unlike any other. When we see and understand the holiness of God, it gives us a deeper understanding of how sinful man is. There is a clear difference between God and man. But as we see in Psalm 99, God forgave Moses and Aaron for their wrongdoing. God has also forgiven those who put their trust in Jesus. Jesus’ life, death, and resurrection has given us the ability to personally know God, Jesus! We can rejoice in God’s unchanging character and His great works!
Today we are going to pray through Psalm 99. Take it verse by verse. Read one verse and let that prompt you to pray. Starting in verse one, “God, you are ruling over all things. Help me to remember this truth and put my trust in You alone…”