I read this verse and immediately thought of a National Geographic Documentary entitled “Free Solo”. It’s the story of Alex Honnold. Honnold was the first person to free climb “El Capitan”, Yosemite’s 3,000 foot rock wall. I immediately imagined what he would have seen at the top. What awe would have filled him as he looked up to see how close to the clouds he was. And how, when he looked down, he must have been filled with sheer terror. Looking down would have been the only way to appreciate how close to death he had been. It would have only taken one wrong step.

Then I thought of the word exalted. Exalted by definition means to be “placed at a high or powerful level; or held in high regard”. Alex Honnold was certainly exalted for his record breaking climb. He was also literally exalted.

So, how is God exalted? God is exalted as Lord of all of creation. God is exalted as we study the Holy Scriptures. God is exalted as we lift up our prayers. God is exalted as we gather in community, welcome one another, proclaim the greatness of the Lord, confess that our very lives are saved even as we misstep each and every day, and as we share the great awe of being in the saving and loving presence of our God each and every day.

Gracious God, you are Lord of all creation and we are called to praise your Holy name. Lead us to exalt you this day with our very lives. Amen.

Rev. Joy Mortensen-Wiebe, Bishop of the South-Central Synod of WI, LCM Board Member

The Lord is great in Zion; he is exalted over all the peoples.

-Psalm 99:2