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Psalm 99:1-9

 v5 Exalt the Lord your God; worship at his footstool! Holy is he!

This psalm is a proclamation of God's Holiness. This is a fundamental attribute of God. In our worship we chant “Holy, Holy, Holy” while praising him. He is a reigning King. Because of His holiness, creation should tremble before Him in awe. People of God are reminded to equip themselves to exalt him in His Glory and majesty.  The awesomeness and holiness imply that we must bow before him in submission, obedience and reverence. Our knowledge of this infinite God is very limited for our finite mind.  God instructed Moses to make a mercy seat of pure gold with two cherubim at both ends facing one another with wings covering the mercy seat. 

In the Old Testament, God told Moses that He would meet with him there from above the mercy seat between the cherubim. (Exodus 25:17-22). The Lord reigns with justice, righteousness and mercy.  Knowing that one day we all will stand before the judgment seat of Christ to give an account of our life should motivate us to lead a life pleasing Him.  Most of us like to go through the outward expressions of worship, without total submission of our heart to God.  To overcome that, we need to exalt and glorify our Lord God, and worship him at his footstool, which refers to the ark of covenant or temple where God dwell among His people. May the Holy spirit enable each and every one to worship Him in truth and spirit.

Dear Lord, forgive us for the times we were ignorant about your holiness and our need to worship you with total submission. Enable us to know you more and more each day and to worship your holiness in truth and spirit.

Let us praise His great and awesome name! Holy is He!

Dr. John K. Thomas, Tabor MTC, Staten Island, NY

Christian Education Forum, Diocese of NAE of the Mar Thoma Church

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