Meditating on Psalm 99.
The Lord reigns;
Let the peoples tremble!… Let them praise Your great and awesome name—
He is holy. (Ps. 99:1, 3)
It was already late at night. My body was too weary to get up for my nightly private worship; weariness from being unwell and from the things I insist on doing despite my fragile health, like homemaking. The waiting for rest and comfort had gone too long so there was a need to slowly sit up and enter into praise. My body wanted to just sleep and my eyes to just remain closed. There are nights I really feel unwell and I just go to sleep, praising and praying silently in my heart. But not this night. It is still possible, for as long as we have breath we will praise the Lord.
Exalt the Lord our God,
And worship at His footstool—
He is holy. (v. 5)
I have to come before the merciful and majestic God for it is not possible that the rigors of the day be the ones entrenched in my heart and mind as I end the day. At the curtain call of my day, however tiring it might have been, the One who enabled me to perform, the True Performer, must receive the applause, the praise, admiration and glory. He is worthy!
For it is in His presence that real rest and comfort are received. For though we delight in the myriad things we do in our days, they are not the altar upon which we worship. They are only the different platforms upon which we perform our different roles and through which we give ourselves and service to others.
But God is holy. His name is holy. We must come before Him with our sacrifice of praise and our spirits open, willing, and ready to fellowship with His Spirit. For though we delight in our performances, successes, and fruits of our labor, delighting in worship, with hunger and thirst for the living God, surpasses any other passions we may have. Have you experienced that genuine hunger and thirst for the Lord? It is both painful and exquisite! When He is set above all else in our lives, we have come to know our real calling, and the purpose and meaning of our lives. Hallelujah!
Moses and Aaron were among His priests,
And Samuel was among those who called upon His name;
They called upon the Lord, and He answered them.
7 He spoke to them in the cloudy pillar… (vv. 6-7)
Moses and Aaron were among His priests, but we also have received a royal priesthood. We are His chosen generation, His holy nation, His own special people. We have all the reasons to delight in Him in worship.
9 But you are a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, His own special people, that you may proclaim the praises of Him who called you out of darkness into His marvelous light. (1 Pet. 2:9)
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