Psalm 99 – “Hymnic Call to Praise”

Hebrew-English Text
I. Summary
The psalmist praises God’s kingship and calls upon the people to praise him.

II. Photo
God spoke to the prophets: “He spoke to them in a pillar of cloud; they obeyed His decrees, the law He gave them.” (v. 7)

III. Select Verses    
1-2: The LORD, enthroned on cherubim, is king, peoples tremble, the earth quakes. The LORD is great in Zion, and exalted above all peoples.
4: Mighty king who loves justice, it was You who established equity, You who worked righteous judgment in Jacob.
6-8: Moses and Aaron among His priests, Samuel, among those who call on His name — when they called to the LORD, He answered them. He spoke to them in a pillar of cloud; they obeyed His decrees, the law He gave them. O LORD our God, You answered them; You were a forgiving God for them, but You exacted retribution for their misdeeds.
9: Exalt the LORD our God, and bow toward His holy hill, for the LORD our God is holy.

IV. Outline
1-2. Praise: God is king in Zion above all nations
3. Wish for nations to praise him
4. Praise: God is just
5. Call to praise
6-8. Historical address: Moses, Aaron, and Samuel
9. Call to praise

V. Comment
No comment today. Stay tuned.

VI. Works Used
(see “Commentaries” page)
Gerstenberger, Erhard. Psalms Part 2 and Lamentations (Forms of Old Testament Literature; Grand Rapids: Eerdmans, 2001).
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