April 9th - Deuteronomy 2-3, Psalm 99
Psalm 99 captures the truth that our lives reflect the stories we believe. Don’t take my use of the word story negatively, because there are true stories. This Psalm calls to attention that God is worthy of worship in the heavens by angels, in Israel’s holy city, and by the nations. We are reminded that God spoke to Israel’s great leaders and that Israel obeyed their God. We are even told that God could both forgive and punish Israel’s wickedness (Psalm 99:9). As we read the story of Israel’s wilderness wanderings recounted in Deuteronomy, understand that Moses and Israel recalled and wrote their story down to remember all that God has done for Israel in order to form a people who trust in God. The fitting result of both the story of Deuteronomy 2 and 3 as well as Psalm 99:1-9 is to, “Exalt the Lord our God and worship at his holy mountain, for the Lord our God is holy.” Worship is the appropriate response to the true stories of YHWH’s salvation of Israel.