Sunday 29 March, 2015

Psalm 99

1 The Lord reigns, let the nations tremble; he sits enthroned between the cherubim, let the earth shake. 2 Great is the Lord in Zion; he is exalted over all the nations. 3 Let them praise your great and awesome name— he is holy. 4 The King is mighty, he loves justice— you have established equity; in Jacob you have done what is just and right. 5 Exalt the Lord our God and worship at his footstool; he is holy. 6 Moses and Aaron were among his priests, Samuel was among those who called on his name; they called on the Lord and he answered them. 7 He spoke to them from the pillar of cloud; they kept his statutes and the decrees he gave them. 8 Lord our God, you answered them; you were to Israel a forgiving God, though you punished their misdeeds.[a] 9 Exalt the Lord our God and worship at his holy mountain, for the Lord our God is holy.

This Psalm makes me think of Hebrews 11 and the ‘great cloud of witnesses’ that are described throughout the chapter. They are the reminders, their lives are the substance of the things unseen. They lived lives of faith in a God they could not see yet they knew Him and He knew them. This psalm is an appeal to consider these monuments of faith, to not lose heart, to know what God did for other people of faith he will do for me, for he does not change.

Dear Lord, thank you for the examples before me, stretching back to Noah, Abraham and Moses and stretching forward to the people around me at church. As I feel lost or lose heart, I will recall these people, speak with these people and be made strong through faith in the One who reigns over all.

Written by Andrew Mellor

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