The Lord Reigns-Psalm 99

Psalm 99 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 Godand 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 Lordand he answered them. 7 He spoke to them from the pillar of cloud;they kept his statutes and the decrees he gave them. 8 O Lord our God,you answered them;you were to Israel a forgiving God,though you punished their misdeeds. 9 Exalt the Lord our God and worship at his holy mountain,for the Lord our God is holy.”

Salmo 99 “Il SIGNORE regna: tremino i popoli. Egli siede sui cherubini: la terra è scossa. 2 Il SIGNORE è grande in Sion, eccelso sopra tutti i popoli. 3 Lodino essi il tuo nome grande e tremendo. Egli è santo. 4 Lodino la forza del Re che ama la giustizia; sei tu che hai stabilito il diritto, che hai esercitato in Giacobbe il giudizio e la giustizia. 5 Esaltate il SIGNORE, il nostro Dio, e prostratevi davanti allo sgabello dei suoi piedi. Egli è santo. 6 Mosè e Aaronne tra i suoi sacerdoti, e Samuele fra quanti invocavano il suo nome, invocarono il SIGNORE, ed egli rispose loro. 7 Parlò loro dalla colonna della nuvola; essi osservarono le sue testimonianze e gli statuti che diede loro. 8 Tu li esaudisti, o SIGNORE, Dio nostro! Fosti per loro un Dio clemente, pur castigandoli per le loro cattive azioni. 9 Esaltate il SIGNORE, il nostro Dio, e adorate sul suo monte santo, perché il SIGNORE, il nostro Dio, è santo.”

     The psalmist opens up with a common expression found in Psalms that “The Lord reigns” (47:8; 93:1; 96:10; 97:1; 146:10) and follows up with the human response: “let the nations tremble”. The original word for “tremble” has various meanings depending on the context. It can mean either “to be afraid” or “to stand in awe”. From the other verses mentioned in the Psalms and by the covenant nature of God, we understand that “tremble” here means to stand in awe. The Psalmist continues to speak of God as the great, holy and mighty King who loves justice for His people. We stand in awe of God because we know that He is a loving and benevolent king.

     The second part of this Psalm cites examples of how the Lord reigned in the lives of His people. He refers to Jacob whose life was transformed by God. In Moses and Aaron, He established a priesthood. Samuel was called by God to be a prophet. In the wilderness journey, God spoke and guided Israel by the pillar of cloud. Throughout history, He both forgives and punishes the actions of His people.

     Therefore, we should never cease to exalt the Lord for all He has done and all He will continue to do. The Lord reigns in a holy monarchy; let us always stand in awe of Him.

Pray with me: Lord, in this Psalm, I am reminded of the great things You have done in the past and continue to do in my life. As You reign in me, help me to stand in awe and worship You with a holy trembling.

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