THE SERVANT GENERAL
LESSONS OF JOB
Another psalm that relates to our theme for 2010 is Psalm
99. "O mighty king, lover of justice, you alone have
established fairness; you have created just rule in Jacob.
Exalt the Lord, our God; bow down before his footstool; holy
is God!" (Ps 99:4-5). The Almighty! Just and righteous
again, and over and over in the psalms, we are confronted
with the awesome majesty of God. Becoming aware of such majesty
should result in reverential fear, in awe. "The Lord
is king, the peoples tremble; God is enthroned on the cherubim,
the earth quakes." (Ps 99:1). For many in the world today,
including Christians, God is, well, just there. Yes He is
God, but, people are no longer wide-eyed with awe. Many attributes
of God are talked about, like love, mercy and the like, but
not His majesty. People just go about their daily lives, with
God in the background, called upon mainly in times of trouble.
our right appreciation of who God is is the foundation for
everything else. And before anything else, God is the great,
awesome and holy God (Ps 99:3).
we wonder then that God, in His great love for us, desires
to catch our attention? To bring us back to the right path?
To lay us low so that He can lift us high? At times then,
God uses the awesome forces of nature. These might be floods,
earthquakes or the like. These do not discriminate between
rich and poor, powerful or powerless. Then we realize our
nothingness, our helplessness in the face of nature's onslaught.
Then we realize our sin, whether in being party to the degradation
of the environment (when we degrade God's creation, we degrade
God and His wonderful plan for us), or whether just losing
our focus, from God to ourselves. Then, hopefully, we realize
that only God, who controls nature, holds our well-being in
His hands. In our helplessness we discover the God of hope.
appropriate response to God's majesty is worship. "Exalt
the Lord, our God; bow down before his holy mountain; holy
is the Lord, our God." (Ps 99:9). When we worship, we
acknowledge God for who He truly is. We place ourselves under
His care and protection. We pledge to obey Him and live our
lives for Him. We commit to proclaim Him to all the nations.
we worship, we encounter the merciful, just and holy God.
Because He is holy, God wants us His creatures to be holy
as well. Because He loves us, He is merciful, including punishing
us for our offenses and allowing afflictions to purify us.
"O Lord, our God, .... you were a forgiving God, though
you punished their offenses." (Ps 99:8). Because He is
just, He will carry out His wonderful plan for us, established
through all eternity.
the face of such an awesome God, in the face of the awesome
forces of nature over which we have no control, we must simply
bow down in humility, reverential fear and heartfelt worship
of God. "Exalt the Lord, our God; bow down before his
footstool; holy is God." (Ps 99:5).
bless you all.
to me life is Christ, and death is gain." (Phil 1:21)
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