5 September 2018

Titus 2
Psalm 99

The Lord reigns,
    let the nations tremble;
he sits enthroned between the cherubim,
    let the earth shake.
Great is the Lord in Zion;
    he is exalted over all the nations.
Let them praise your great and awesome name—
    he is holy.

The King is mighty, he loves justice—
    you have established equity;
in Jacob you have done
    what is just and right.
Exalt the Lord our God
    and worship at his footstool;
    he is holy.

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.
He spoke to them from the pillar of cloud;
    they kept his statutes and the decrees he gave them.

Lord our God,
    you answered them;
you were to Israel a forgiving God,
    though you punished their misdeeds.
Exalt the Lord our God
    and worship at his holy mountain,
    for the Lord our God is holy.

Psalm 99:1-9

How great and holy is God in reality?  Is that how you perceive Him?

The Lord reigns, let the nations tremble …’ (verse 1). God is the great king (verse 4) and the nations should tremble in awe and fear before Him. God is very holy (verse 3,5,9).

This IS who He is in reality – great, holy, just, enthroned.

Is this reality a comfort to you knowing this is who God is? Knowing that He rules and reigns over all things, over all people and all situations; including our messy families; the struggling economy and chaotic politics in South Africa.  What a comfort!

‘Great is the Lord in Zion; he is exalted over all the nations 
Let them praise your great and awesome name— he is holy’ (verse 2-3).

God’s greatness is a comfort to those who trust Him and ‘…call on the Lord’ (verse 6).

‘The King is mighty, he loves justice …’ (verse 4). Although God’s justice should be a concern to sinners, the next words are again a comfort. ‘Lord our God, you answered them; you were to Israel a forgiving God, though you punished their misdeeds’ (verse 8). God listens to our prayers as He did to Israel and He will forgive us as He did them through His Son Jesus Christ.

Oh Lord God, we exalt and worship You as our Holy God. You have revealed your supremacy and majesty through Your Son, Jesus Christ. Please comfort our anxious hearts with the truth of your word and the knowledge of Your authority over the world and the future. Amen.