1The Lord reigns; let the peoples tremble! He sits enthroned upon the cherubim; let the earth quake!
2 The Lord is great in Zion; he is exalted over all the peoples.
3 Let them praise your great and awesome name! Holy is he!
4 The King in his might loves justice.[a] You have established equity; you have executed justice and righteousness in Jacob.
5 Exalt the Lord our God; worship at his footstool! Holy is he! Psalm 99:1-5
As the Psalmist opens verse one mentioning the cherubim, we’re in danger if we have a mental picture of some cute little cherub angels armed with heart tipped arrows, or even the two inanimate gold images atop the ark of the covenant. Let our thoughts instead return to David’s 18th Psalm, when under threat of death from his enemies, he calls upon the LORD and says, 6“In my distress I called upon he Lord; to my God I cried for help. From his temple he heard my voice, and my cry to him reached his ears. 7 Then the earth reeled and rocked; the foundations also of the mountains trembled and quaked, because he was angry. 8 Smoke went up from his nostrils, and devouring fire from his mouth;
glowing coals flamed forth from him. 9 He bowed the heavens and came down; thick darkness was under his feet. 10 He rode on a cherub and flew; he came swiftly on the wings of the wind. (Psalm 18:6-10)
The prophet Ezekiel also had much to say in describing in frightening detail the cherubim in Ezekiel chapters 1, 10, and 11, and the judgement meted out on a rebellious Israel. This LORD is the God of Israel and He sits in righteous judgment. Ezekiel speaks of the cherubim having multiple faces, multiple wings, and multiple wheels within wheels, with each wheel filled with eyes. Nothing escapes God’s notice. As this Psalmist declares in Psalm 99:4, “the King loves justice,” has “established equity,” and clearly knows how to execute “justice and righteousness.”
When we approach the throne of God, just how ignorant are we of Who or What we are speaking to? “The LORD reigns…” (Psalm 99:1) After his death and resurrection, just before ascending to heaven, Jesus informed His disciples that, “…All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. Therefore, go and make disciples of all nations…” (Matthew 28:18-19) Jesus reigns! Psalm 99:5 states, “Exalt the LORD our God; worship at his footstool! Holy is he!”
You see, the cherubim, those golden ones I mentioned, were on the ark of the covenant on what was called the “mercy seat.” Through Jesus, we can come to God’s mercy seat in prayer. Not sure what, or how, to pray? Not a problem. The Spirit has you covered. 26 “Likewise the Spirit helps us in our weakness. For we do not know what to pray for as we ought, but the Spirit himself intercedes for us with groanings too deep for words. 27 And he who searches hearts knows what is the mind of the Spirit, because the Spirit intercedes for the saints according to the will of God. 28 And we know that for those who love God all things work together for good, for those who are called according to his purpose.” (Romans 8:26-28).
Prayer for Today: Father, as we approach Your throne today, let us be ever mindful of the mercy we have received through Your Son Jesus Christ, because of the sacrifice of the cross. Apart from that we have no hope, but because of Jesus’ resurrection, we have eternal hope and victory, over death and over whatever is troubling our hearts, minds, and souls today. We give it over at the feet of the One who reigns supreme, and in whose Name we pray. Amen!