Psalm 99: God Supreme and Sovereign

What is “spontaneous” praise?

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Psalm 99:1 The Lord rules over all. Let the people tremble and the earth be shaken as he rules from his throne among the angels.
King James
Psalm 99:1 The Lord reigneth; let the people tremble: he sitteth between the cherubims; let the earth be moved.

Why should the people tremble under the Lord’s rule?

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Psalm 99:1 The Lord rules over all. Let the people tremble and the earth be shaken as he rules from his throne among the angels.
King James
Psalm 99:1 The Lord reigneth; let the people tremble: he sitteth between the cherubims; let the earth be moved.

What motivated people in Jerusalem to praise God?

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Psalm 99:2 God is great in Jerusalem, praised by all the people there.
King James
Psalm 99:2 The Lord is great in Zion; and he is high above all the people.

What makes a name “awesome”?

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Psalm 99:3 Let them praise his great and awesome name, for he is uniquely special.
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Psalm 99:3 Let them praise thy great and terrible name; for it is holy.

What makes a king’s justice and doing right something other than his own self-serving perception, just doing what is right in his own eyes?

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Psalm 99:4 A king’s strength is in loving justice and establishing what is right, and God has done that for Jacob’s descendants.
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Psalm 99:4 The king’s strength also loveth judgment; thou dost establish equity, thou executest judgment and righteousness in Jacob.

How can we fully recognize God’s supremacy?

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Psalm 99:5 Recognize how supreme and sovereign our Lord God is. Bow and worship him from your lowly position, knowing that he is uniquely great.
King James
Psalm 99:5 Exalt ye the Lord our God, and worship at his footstool; for he is holy.

How should hearing God’s words affect who we are and what we do?

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Psalm 99:6 Moses and Aaron heard God’s words, and Samuel was called by name. They called upon the Lord, and he answered them.
Matthew 7:24–26 Everyone who not only hears my words but also puts them into practice is like a wise man who dug deep and laid the foundation of his house on solid rock. When a storm brought torrential rain, flooded streams, and hurricane-force winds, his house did not collapse, because it was well built on an unshakeable foundation. Anyone who hears my words but never acts on them is like a foolish man who built his house on sand, without a foundation.
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Psalm 99:6 Moses and Aaron among his priests, and Samuel among them that call upon his name; they called upon the Lord, and he answered them.
Matthew 7:24–26 Therefore whosoever heareth these sayings of mine, and doeth them, I will liken him unto a wise man, which built his house upon a rock: And the rain descended, and the floods came, and the winds blew, and beat upon that house; and it fell not: for it was founded upon a rock. And every one that heareth these sayings of mine, and doeth them not, shall be likened unto a foolish man, which built his house upon the sand:

Why don’t people call upon the Lord more frequently?

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Psalm 99:6 Moses and Aaron heard God’s words, and Samuel was called by name. They called upon the Lord, and he answered them.
King James
Psalm 99:6 Moses and Aaron among his priests, and Samuel among them that call upon his name; they called upon the Lord, and he answered them.

What did God say from the pillar of cloud? How did the people react?

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Psalm 99:7–8 God spoke from the pillar of cloud. They followed his direction and obeyed his commands. 8 You answered them, Lord God, with both forgiveness and punishment, not excusing their wrongdoing.
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Psalm 99:7–8 He spake unto them in the cloudy pillar: they kept his testimonies, and the ordinance that he gave them. Thou answeredst them, O Lord our God: thou wast a God that forgavest them, though thou tookest vengeance of their inventions.

How can we give God our “highest praise”?

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Psalm 99:9 Give the highest praise to the Lord our God. Worship at his holy mountain, for he is holy.
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Psalm 99:9 Exalt the LORD our God, and worship at his holy hill; for the Lord our God is holy.