A New Vantage Point


When overwhelmed, where do you turn for perspective?


Lord, You are holy and majestic. Yet I know You are here with me and You speak through Your Word. I am listening.


Psalm 99:1-9


When overwhelmed, where do you turn for perspective?

Do you ever feel shut in by your problems; your vision narrow and your faith weak? Perhaps this was the starting point for our psalmist--yet look where he arrives!

He begins, not with his own sense of inadequacy or gloom, but with the supreme and wonderful reign of God (1-5). He reflects that God has engaged, in the past, with real people and situations (6-8). He, too, can respond to this living God and take his place among those worshiping before God's throne (9).

He thinks of Moses and Aaron from the days of the Exodus and Samuel from the days of the kings. They weren't perfect people, but God spoke with them, enlisted them in his service, and persevered with them in friendship. They witnessed God's power in action, but learned even more from his endless mercy.

So the psalmist has found a place to stand; a vantage point from which he can survey God's grace in history; a view from which he can praise God in his own day.


Consider an area in which you are facing challenge. Now consider that God reigns even there. He is ever faithful.


Lord, You reign! Your Word reminds me that no matter my circumstances, You are sitting on Your throne!

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