Psalms 99

PSALM 99

Psalms 99:1-9 . God's government is especially exercised in and for His Church, which should praise Him for His gracious dealings.

1. sitteth . . . cherubim--(compare 1 Samuel 4:4 , Psalms 80:1 ).
tremble . . . be moved--inspired with fear by His judgments on the wicked.

2. great in Zion--where He dwells ( Psalms 9:11 ).

3. thy . . . name--perfections of justice, power, &c.
great and terrible name--producing dread ( Deuteronomy 10:17 ), and to be praised by those over whom He is exalted ( Psalms 97:9 ).
it is holy--or, "He is holy" ( Psalms 99:5 Psalms 99:9 , Isaiah 6:3 ).

4, 5. To His wise and righteous government all nations should render honor.
king's . . . judgment--His power is combined with justice.
he is holy--(compare Psalms 22:3 ).

6-8. The experience of these servants of God is cited for encouragement.
among . . . priests, among . . . upon the Lord [and] He spake . . . pillar--may be referred to all three (compare Exodus 18:19 , Leviticus 8:15 , Deuteronomy 5:5 , 1 Samuel 9:13 ).

7. cloudy pillar--the medium of divine intercourse ( Exodus 33:9 , Numbers 12:5 ). Obedience was united with worship. God answered. them as intercessors for the people, who, though forgiven, were yet chastened ( Exodus 32:10 Exodus 32:34 ).

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