Scripture: Psalm 99
Key verse: (9) “Extol the LORD our God, and worship at his holy mountain; for the LORD our God is holy.”
Reflection: I have praised God for many things during my life, but I can’t remember ever praising God for God’s holiness – at least not directly. The definition of holy is: specially recognized or declared sacred, having a spiritually pure quality; or entitled to worship or veneration. The word is most often used as an adjective, but it also can be used as a noun to name a place of worship or sacred place. (The Holy of Holies in the Temple in Jerusalem comes to mind.)
Scripture affirms that God is Holy “other” — different from us and beyond our comprehension. Yet, we have a deep need to try to explain who God is and what God means to us. Today’s psalm reminds us that …
The LORD is King.
The LORD is great and exalted.
The LORD is a lover of justice.
The LORD is forgiving.
The LORD is our God.
The LORD is holy. This holiness is powerful. It reminds us of who we are and who we are not. It reminds us that God acts in the world and in our individual lives. God hears us, advocates for us, answers us, forgives us, and defends us. Great men and women throughout history and in the biblical record have been led by this holy LORD – the same God who leads us. I know that I am very thankful that God is greater than I am. This leads me to give thanks and to praise the One who cherishes and sustains me.
So, as I read today’s psalm, I am reminded of the blessings God’s holiness brings. Praise the LORD!
Prayer: Holy God, we give thanks that you are great and powerful! May the mention of your name strike awe in our hearts as we reflect on your strength and tenderness. Help us to give praise to you today and every day. In Jesus’ name we pray. Amen.
Author: Deborah Conner
[Scripture quotations are from New Revised Standard Version Bible, copyright © 1989 National Council of the Churches of Christ in the United States of America. Used by permission. All rights reserved].