Psalm 99

1 The LORD reigns! Let the peoples tremble. He sits enthroned amongst the cherubim. Let the earth be moved. 2 The LORD is great in Zion. He is high above all the peoples. 3 Let them praise your great and awesome name. He is Holy! 4 The King’s strength also loves justice. You do establish equity. You execute justice and righteousness in Jacob. 5 Exalt the LORD our God. Worship at his footstool. He is Holy! 6 Moses and Aaron were amongst his priests, Samuel amongst those who call on his name; they called on the LORD, and he answered them. 7 He spoke to them in the pillar of cloud. They kept his testimonies, the statute that he gave them. 8 You answered them, LORD our God. You are a God who forgave them, although you took vengeance for their doings. 9 Exalt the LORD, our God. Worship at his holy hill, for the LORD, our God, is holy!

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Matthew Henry’s Concise Commentary, 1706

Verses 1–5

God governs the world by his providence, governs the church by his grace, and both by his Son. The inhabitants of the earth have cause to tremble, but the Redeemer still waits to be gracious. Let all who hear, take warning, and seek his mercy. The more we humble ourselves before God, the more we exalt him; and let us be thus reverent, for he is holy.

Verses 6–9

The happiness of Israel is made out by referring to the most useful governors of that people. They in every thing made God’s word and law their rule, knowing that they could not else expect that their prayers should be answered. They all wonderfully prevailed with God in prayer; miracles were wrought at their request. They pleaded for the people, and obtained answers of peace. Our Prophet and High Priest, of infinitely greater dignity than Moses, Aaron, or Samuel, has received and declared to us the will of the Father. Let us not only exalt the Lord with our lips, but give him the throne in our heart; and while we worship him upon his mercy-seat, let us never forget that he is holy.

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