In Psalm 26 David is rehearsing his case in preparation for standing before the Lord in judgment. Every person will stand before God for judgment. The righteous will stand before the Judgment Seat of Christ and the unrighteous before the Great White Throne. Sadly, most pulpits today are silent regarding the issue of God’s judgment. Interestingly, every major revival in history has in common preaching on God’s judgment. The great revivalists such as Edwards and Whitfield warned their listeners to flee from the wrath to come. So today, if revival is to come to the church and the world at large, pulpiteers must recover not only the holiness of God but also the truth that God will judge and all will stand before Him in judgment.
God’s holiness receives little attention today from either the pew or the pulpit. Instead, professing believers crave a God who is accepting and tolerable, a God who will build up their self-esteem. Regardless of how people want to view God, the stark reality is that He is holy.
This lack of attention on God’s holiness has resulted in the moral malaise tearing apart this nation. The news is filled with sleaze and scandal. We have descended into moral relativity. The only answer to recovering from this moral malaise is a spiritual awakening… a biblical revival of God’s holiness from the pulpit and in the pew. As such, we come to Psalm 99 to discover a sense of God’s holiness.
Churches are full of hypocrites. Sadly that sentiment is too often true. Christians do not practice what they preach. Psalm 50 speaks to this issue. It demands a faith that acts, what the Bible refers to as faith and obedience. As James said, “faith, if it has no works is dead… show me your faith without the workds, and I will show you my faith by my works” (James 2:17-28).