Psalms 99:5

5 1Exalt the LORD our God; 2worship at his 3footstool! 4Holy is he!

Psalms 99:5 Meaning and Commentary

Psalms 99:5

Exalt ye the Lord our God
Christ, who is Lord of all, and Immanuel, God with us, God in our nature, our Lord and our God; exalt him in his person, as God over all, blessed for ever; in his offices of Prophet, Priest, and King, by hearkening to his word, by trusting in his blood, righteousness, and sacrifice, and by submitting to his ordinances, and obeying his commands; exalt him in heart, thought, and affection, thinking highly of him, and affectionately loving him; exalt and extol him in words, speak of his love and loveliness, and of the great things he has done; exalt him in private and in public, in the family and in the house of God; make mention of him everywhere, that his name be exalted:

and worship at his footstool;
worship him who is the object of the adoration of angels, and ought to be of men; worship him privately and publicly, internally and externally, in spirit and in truth; at his footstool, on earth, he being on his throne in heaven; see ( Isaiah 65:1 ) or else the ark is meant, which is so called, ( 1 Chronicles 28:2 ) , and this being a type of the human nature of Christ, that may be meant here; and which, though not the object of worship, nor is it said, worship his footstool, but at it; yet, in worshipping Christ, respect is to be had unto him, as in our nature, in which he has done such great things for us: the Targum is,

``worship in or at the house of his sanctuary;''

so Kimchi interprets it of the sanctuary, which agrees with ( Psalms 99:9 ) ,

for he is holy:
essentially holy, glorious in holiness as a divine Person, and therefore to be worshipped: or "it is holy"; the footstool, the ark, the human nature of Christ, in which the Godhead dwells bodily.

Psalms 99:5 In-Context

3 Let them praise your great and awesome name! Holy is he!
4 The King in his might loves justice. You have established equity; you have executed justice and righteousness in Jacob.
5 Exalt the LORD our God; worship at his footstool! Holy is he!
6 Moses and Aaron were among his priests, Samuel also was among those who called upon his name. They called to the LORD, and he answered them.
7 In the pillar of the cloud he spoke to them; they kept his testimonies and the statute that he gave them.

Cross References 4

  • 1. Psalms 107:32; Psalms 118:28; Exodus 15:2; Isaiah 25:1
  • 2. Psalms 132:7; 1 Chronicles 28:2
  • 3. Isaiah 60:13; Lamentations 2:1; Ezekiel 43:7
  • 4. [See ver. 3 above]
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