Psalm 99: Exalt the Lord

(9 verses, :57 to read)

What I am about to READ
  • The Lord on His heavenly throne is worshiped by His people.


  • We have here another “Throne Psalm.”
  • The refrain is found in verse 5 and 9: “Exalt the Lord our God… holy is He.”
  • Notice how this Psalm switches back and forth between sermon and prayer.
  • The more I look at this Psalm, the more complex it appears to be. (I’d love your thoughts in the comments). Here’s a stab at an outline:
    • 1-2: The earth and all people shake in awe of the Lord who is enthroned in the temple of Jerusalem.
    • 3-4: The Lord’s name is praised because of who God is and what He’s done.
    • 5: Refrain: call to exalt the Lord, worship Him because is holy.
    • 6-7: The example of Moses, Aaron, and Samuel are called in as examples of worship the Lord.
    • 8: Here, at the height of the Psalm, the Lord’s mercy and forgiveness is extolled!
    • 9: Refrain, and here His “holy mountain” replaces “footstool” from verse five.


  • Again we remember that the Psalms about the Lord’s throne are about the doctrine of justification. This is most clearly seen  in verse 8, where it is the Lord’s forgiveness of sins that forms the basis of the worship of His name.


  • Consider praying this Psalm, and as you read it out loud consider how your plea comes before the heavenly Father’s throne, but it arrives covered in the blood of Jesus and is pleasing to Him.
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-Pastor Bryan Wolfmueller

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