We have power, and so… we use it. We don’t have power, and so… we seek it.
Whatever we do have, we fear losing. Whatever we don’t have, we fear not getting.
And so… we walk through our lives grasping.
God does not grasp.
He does not respond to His own greatness with the agenda of “and so…”
God responds to His greatness with the freedom of “and yet…”
God is the biggest player on the world’s stage.
The LORD reigns, let the nations tremble; he sits enthroned between the cherubim, let the earth shake. –Psalm 99:1
God mighty beyond compare.
Great is the LORD in Zion; he is exalted over all the nations. –Psalm 99:2
God is holy, set apart, in a category all His own.
Exalt the LORD our God and worship at his footstool; he is holy. –Psalm 99:5
Truly, He is worthy of any worship we bring to Him.
God could grasp for that worship, like a power hungry dictator looking for grovelers to validate His ego, and yet…
When we come into God’s presence, it is not a one-way interchange.
He could choose only to receive praise, and yet… He responds with care for us.
they called on the LORD and he answered them. He spoke to them from the pillar of cloud; -Psalm 99:6-7
God is set apart, and yet… He reaches down, answers us, and forgives us.
LORD our God, you answered them; you were to Israel a forgiving God –Psalm 99:8
God is holy, and yet… He forgives the sins of His people. God is powerful, and yet… He enters this world in humility. God is justice, and yet… He covers our misdeeds with grace. God is great, and yet… He chooses to love.
May we learn to respond with “and yet…” instead of “and so…” in our own lives.
That was my reflection on Psalm 99. Link up with your own thoughts below. Or stop back next week with thoughts on Psalm 100. (I have almost blogged my way through 100 Psalms! Whoa.)