Psalm 99

1 The LORD reigns; let the peoples tremble! He dwells between the cherubim; let the earth be moved!

2 The LORD is great in Zion, and He is high above all the peoples.

3 Let them praise Your great and awesome name–He is holy.

4 The King’s strength also loves justice; You have established equity; You have executed justice and righteousness in Jacob.

5 Exalt the LORD our God, and worship at His footstool–He is holy.

6 Moses and Aaron were among His priests, and Samuel was among those who called upon His name; they called upon the LORD, and He answered them.

7 He spoke to them in the cloudy pillar; they kept His testimonies and the ordinance He gave them.

8 You answered them, O LORD our God; You were to them God-Who-Forgives, though You took vengeance on their deeds.

9 Exalt the LORD our God, and worship at His holy hill; for the LORD our God is holy.

 

Moses, Aaron, and Samuel were righteous, Godly men.  Moses led the people out of slavery, through the Red Sea, and across the desert for forty years.  Aaron served as the mouthpiece of Moses and through him, God establish the line of High Priests who would serve in the Tabernacle and later the Temple for thousands of years.  Samuel was the last of Israel’s judges and ushered in the age of Kings by anointing both Saul and David.  They listened to and obeyed God . . . mostly.

 

Moses struck the rock when he was told to speak to it.  Aaron made the golden calf.  Samuel’s sons were not righteous men.  God judged them for their deeds, but God also forgave them and they continued to serve in their appointed offices.  Today we also have some leaders that are also mostly righteous, and others that are less so.  Sometimes they need judgment, but the thing that is most important is that it is God who judges them not us.  Our role is to pray for them.  Always pray for them.  Pray they will hear and obey what God is saying.  Their ability to follow God as leaders is always for our benefit.  If what they are doing is wrong, then pray for them even more.  Let their shepherd (God) do the correcting, so that they can get back to being your vice-shepherd.

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