1 The Lord is king; let the peoples tremble!
He sits enthroned upon the cherubim; let the earth quake!
2 The Lord is great in Zion;
he is exalted over all the peoples.
3 Let them praise your great and awesome name.
Holy is he!
4 Mighty King, lover of justice,
you have established equity;
you have executed justice
and righteousness in Jacob.
5 Extol the Lord our God;
worship at his footstool.
Holy is he!
6 Moses and Aaron were among his priests,
Samuel also was among those who called on his name.
They cried to the Lord, and he answered them.
7 He spoke to them in the pillar of cloud;
they kept his decrees
and the statutes that he gave them.
8 O Lord our God, you answered them;
you were a forgiving God to them
but an avenger of their wrongdoings.
9 Extol the Lord our God,
and worship at his holy mountain,
for the Lord our God is holy.
Recently, in a sermon, we paused and sang the hymn Holy, Holy, Holy. Of all the adjectives used to describe our God, holy seems to take precedence.
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dedicated or consecrated to God or a religious purpose; sacred.
“the Holy Bible”
In Psalm 99, the term holy is the fallback position. In verse 3, verse 5, and verse 9 we are reminded that God is holy. As a Mighty King, the lover of justice; as the forgiving God, we join the psalmist in praising our God as holy.
I lift up my heart and my soul to behold You, Holy God. As the hallowed, sacred, divine Maker, I give you thanks and praise. I extol and worship You this and every day. Amen.