SCRIPTURE: Psalm 99
Praise to God for His Holiness
1 The Lord is king; let the peoples tremble!
He sits enthroned upon the cherubim; let the earth quake!
2 The Lord is great in Zion;
he is exalted over all the peoples.
3 Let them praise your great and awesome name.
Holy is he!
4 Mighty King, lover of justice,
you have established equity;
you have executed justice
and righteousness in Jacob.
5 Extol 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 on his name.
They cried to the Lord, and he answered them.
7 He spoke to them in the pillar of cloud;
they kept his decrees,
and the statutes that he gave them.
8 O Lord our God, you answered them;
you were a forgiving God to them,
but an avenger of their wrongdoings.
9 Extol the Lord our God,
and worship at his holy mountain;
for the Lord our God is holy.
Katherine E. Amos shares the reality that “Many of us today are reluctant to give up our limited vision of God as a God of a few select people. We associate God with a certain denomination, economic class, race, political party, or country. It is sometimes difficult for us to believe that God’s Holy Spirit is at work throughout the world, even beyond the global Christian church. The writer of Psalm 99 encourages all people to experience the majesty and awesome name of God and to praise and worship the Holy One.”
As much as we might resist admitting it, I do not believe that any single denomination has it all figured out. And despite how some many try to use faith in the political arena to gain favor or support, I also do not believe that we can fairly associate God with a particular political party. Are there things that one party or another advocate for that seems to be in line with Jesus’ teachings? Sure! But just like the denominations, I do not believe that any political party has it all correct or figured out either. We need to realize, accept, and embrace the truth that God is bigger than any human-created group or classification, and is truly God of ALL creation.
As you listen to the news today, where is the work of God’s spirit most needed in the world today? Try and think beyond the struggles of the pandemic when contemplating this question, but it is appropriate to acknowledge it.
God of all creation, we join with people of faith all over the world in praising your name. Help us to see all of your creation for its beauty and value as something you have made. Open our eyes and our hearts to join together in serving and loving you with others. Amen.