Tehillim / Psalms 99, ספר תהילים צט, Part 1, Crediting Righteousness to Yourself?


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In this week’s study from Tehillim / Psalms 98:1-9, the Psalm opens saying, א יְהֹוָה מָלָךְ יִרְגְּזוּ עַמִּים ישֵׁב כְּרוּבִים תָּנוּט הָאָרֶץ: 99:1 The Lord reigns, let the peoples tremble; He is enthroned above the cherubim, let the earth shake! (NASB) In this psalm, David speaks of the authority and power of God, the people trembling, and His dwelling above the cherubim. Why does the psalmist speak of our Father dwelling above the cherubim? David continues saying, ב יְהֹוָה בְּצִיּוֹן גָּדוֹל וְרָם הוּא עַל-כָּל-הָעַמִּים: ג יוֹדוּ שִׁמְךָ גָּדוֹל וְנוֹרָא קָדוֹשׁ הוּא: 99:2 The Lord is great in Zion, And He is exalted above all the peoples. 99:3 Let them praise Your great and awesome name; Holy is He. (NASB) What does it mean “the Lord is great in Zion?” Why are the people called out to praise His Name? David explains this saying, ד וְעֹז מֶלֶךְ מִשְׁפָּט אָהֵב אַתָּה כּוֹנַנְתָּ מֵישָׁרִים מִשְׁפָּט וּצְדָקָה בְּיַעֲקֹב | אַתָּה עָשִֹיתָ: 99:4 The strength of the King loves justice; You have established equity; You have executed justice and righteousness in Jacob. (NASB) Because the Lord brings righteousness, holiness, and justice with Him and give these things to His people.  Read more here: Tehillim 99-Part1