Psalm 99

The LORD is holy, and he reigns. He forgives. He hears and answers our prayers. We are to praise his great and awesome name.





VERSE 1. The LORD reigns! Let the peoples tremble. He sits enthroned among the cherubim. Let the earth be moved.

The LORD reigns! This phrase is associated with theocracy.

enthroned among the cherubim. This alludes to the two cherubim perched on the lid of the Ark of the Covenant. See the image above, as well as:

Psalm 80:1. Hear us, Shepherd of Israel, you who lead Joseph like a flock, you who sit above the cherubim, shine out.


VERSE 2. The LORD is great in Zion. He is high above all the peoples.


VERSE 3. Let them praise your great and awesome name. He is Holy!

He is Holy! This is one of the many unique attributes of the LORD.


VERSE 4. The King’s strength also loves justice. You establish equity. You execute justice and righteousness in Jacob.


VERSE 5. Exalt the LORD our God. Worship at his footstool. He is Holy!

at his footstool. This might mean either of the following:

  • Worship from within Jerusalem
  • Worship before the Tent of Meeting in Jerusalem


VERSE 6. Moses and Aaron were among his priests, Samuel was among those who call on his name. They called on the LORD, and he answered them.

he answered them. God hears and answers our prayers.


VERSE 7. He spoke to them in the pillar of cloud. They kept his testimonies, the statute that he gave them.


VERSE 8. You answered them, LORD our God. You are a God who forgave them, although you took vengeance for their doings.

You are a God who forgave them. When they look at the Old Testament, most people overlook the notion of the forgiveness of God. It runs throughout.


VERSE 9. Exalt the LORD, our God. Worship at his holy hill, for the LORD, our God, is holy!


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