I do a bible study on the weekdays. We are given a set of verses to read and to ponder, to reflect on. It is terrible of me but I hope for a short section. Just a few short verses that are succinct so I can grab the message and go.
Today was Psalm 99. The entire Psalm. Mary my wife has many of the Psalms memorized so she would know that it was short but powerful. It only has 9 verses.
I opened my bible to read and I got what I needed in the first three words.
“The Lord reigns…”
What else do we need to know? God is still running the world. He is still in charge. He is still actively working on bringing his children home to himself.
I am feeling like a bubble on the wind, vulnerable and not in control, useless and powerless to change myself or my direction but the Lord reigns, he sees me and knows me and has a purpose for me, and for us.
The last 6 words are as powerful as the first 3: “for the Lord our God is holy.”
God is holy, he is separate from us, he is not part of creation, but instead is creator. He is not limited in any direction or in any way. If what we need doesn’t yet exist, he can create it. He is not in a hurry, in fact he is not subject to time. He is not subject to anything or anyone. All this is true of him AND he loves us.
He loves us so much that he gave his one and only son to die in our place, to pay for our mistakes and create a way back into a relationship with him.
The Lord reigns.
The Lord or God is Holy.