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Wednesday, November 26, 2014

Psalm 99 (Good News Translation)

God’s Word: Sending Us Forth With a Thankful Heart

Introduction

Psalm 99: This psalm affirms that God is the supreme king and that God alone is holy. It concludes the collection of psalms we have been reading the past several days (95 – 99) that praise God as king and righteous judge.

Today's Scripture: Psalm 99:5

Praise the LORD our God; worship before his throne! Holy is he!

Today's Reading

1 The LORD is king, and the people tremble. He sits on his throne above the winged creatures, and the earth shakes. 2 The LORD is mighty in Zion; he is supreme over all the nations. 3 Everyone will praise his great and majestic name. Holy is he! 4 Mighty king, you love what is right; you have established justice in Israel; you have brought righteousness and fairness. 5 Praise the LORD our God; worship before his throne! Holy is he! 6 Moses and Aaron were his priests, and Samuel was one who prayed to him; they called to the LORD, and he answered them. 7 He spoke to them from the pillar of cloud; they obeyed the laws and commands that he gave them. 8 O LORD, our God, you answered your people; you showed them that you are a God who forgives, even though you punished them for their sins. 9 Praise the LORD our God, and worship at his sacred hill! The LORD our God is holy.

Reflect

Verses 3 and 5 end with the words “Holy is he!” and verse 9 concludes with similar words. What has the psalm writer said about God? Verses 6 and 7 include references to leaders in Israel’s past – Moses, Aaron, and Samuel – and how God spoke to them. Moses led the people out of Egypt (Exodus 12:37—14:31); Aaron was Moses’ brother and he and his sons became Israel’s first priests (Exodus 28:1); Samuel led the people after the time of the judges until Israel got its first king (1 Samuel 12:1-25). While the Israelites were in the wilderness, God appeared in the form of a cloud (Exodus 19:9; 33:9). In what ways does God speak to you?

Pray

Holy are you, Lord God, king of all creation. I worship and adore you and praise you for your deeds of righteousness and justice. As I listen for your voice, teach me your ways and order my steps this day. In your holy name, I pray. Amen.

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Tomorrow's Reading

Psalm 65: A psalm of praise and thanksgiving for God’s abundant blessings.

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Psalm 98

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Psalm 65