God has a relationship with his people which spans generations. There is a thread pulled through time to show God’s faithfulness and holiness. The psalmist connects those dots through some famous characters, showing us that God intimately cares for his children…
1 The Lord reigns,
let the nations tremble;
he sits enthroned between the cherubim,
let the earth shake.
2 Great is the Lord in Zion;
he is exalted over all the nations.
3 Let them praise your great and awesome name—
he is holy.
4 The King is mighty, he loves justice—
you have established equity;
in Jacob you have done
what is just and right.
5 Exalt the Lord our God
and worship at his footstool;
he is holy.
6 Moses and Aaron were among his priests,
Samuel was among those who called on his name;
they called on the Lord
and he answered them.
7 He spoke to them from the pillar of cloud;
they kept his statutes and the decrees he gave them.
8 Lord our God,
you answered them;
you were to Israel a forgiving God,
though you punished their misdeeds.
9 Exalt the Lord our God
and worship at his holy mountain,
for the Lord our God is holy.
The psalmist pulls the thread through the father of Israel, Jacob, all the way to Moses and Aaron and to the prophet Samuel. They are all named in this psalm – God’s work in the lives of his people is consistent across time. His name is great!
He established his people in the family of Jacob. Abraham and Isaac are equally important, yet from Jacob the twelve tribes of Israel come. From Jacob the name Israel comes. These are God’s people – the apple of his eye.
Moses and Aaron were among his priests. It is interesting that their role in the exodus isn’t mentioned, yet their role as priests before the Holy God is mentioned. Worship is the ultimate relationship with God. Above service. Worship. And Moses and Aaron were intermediaries of worship, connecting people to the Father.
Samuel is representative of the prophets. He called on God and God answered him. He provided direction through Samuel in the establishment of the first King of Israel – Saul. He directed Samuel through the identification of David, who would become the most renowned King of Israel, and whose throne is the throne to which Jesus is heir.
Jesus’ kingdom is everlasting with the throne of David. Son of David and Son of God.
He spoke. He led. He forgave. God has an intimate relationship with his people and will always be there for us.
Therefore exalt God.