August 19, 2015

Worshiping at God’s Footstool

Psalm 99

Exalt the LORD our God and worship at his footstool; he is holy.

—  Psalm 99:5

When this psalm was written, each nation claimed top honors for its gods. But Israel knew who the God above all gods truly is—the Lord God Almighty.

In fact, God is so much greater than other gods that it is impossible to even see God sitting on a throne. God is so much higher than anything else in the universe that all we can catch a glimpse of is God’s footstool! Holy is the Lord our God!

Yet the magnificent God, who has no human limitations, chose to do something even more magnificent. God took on our humanity to become one of us. Jesus Christ, who with God the Father and the Holy Spirit is the God above all gods, chose to humble himself so that instead of kneeling at God’s footstool in awe and wonder, we could sit at his feet.

Men, women, and children were invited to gather around Jesus as he told stories about the kingdom of God, taught people how to live as true worshipers of God, and healed diseases, bruised hearts, and withered spirits.

What’s more, Jesus died and rose again and ascended to heaven, where he again sits on the eternal throne. Everything is under his feet, even the last and bitterest enemy of all: death (1 Corinthians 15:25-26).

Hallelujah! Our God reigns forever and ever!

God, our Father, we kneel before the footstool of your throne and praise you. Jesus, we sit at your feet and learn from you. Spirit, by your power we have new life. Lord God, you are holy! Amen.

About the author — Thea Leunk

Thea Nyhoff Leunk has been a high school English teacher, a director of Christian education, a pastor of discipleship, and a regional coach for the Christian Reformed Church in North America. She is currently the senior pastor at Eastern Avenue Christian Reformed Church, Grand Rapids, Michigan. Thea has also written courses for teens and young adults on world religions, Christian faith traditions, and science and the Bible. She and her husband have three adult children.

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