Tuesday, November 17, 2015

Psalm 93 God's Reign, Rule and Realm

KEY TEXT: Ps 93:1-2 The Lord reigns; he is robed in majesty; the Lord is robed; he has put on strength as his belt. Yes, the world is established; it shall never be moved. Your throne is established from of old; you are from everlasting.

KEY THOT: No matter how chaotic the world may seem today and how the unfolding end-time events are creating fear and foreboding in the hearts of many, yet one thing is sure: “The Lord reigns!” In fact, God is still on the throne, for it is “established from of old; you are from everlasting.” So, nothing shocks God nor shakes him: “Mightier than the thunders of many waters, mightier than the waves of the sea, the Lord on high is mighty!” (v.4) In fact, God allows human sin to reach its climax of rebellion against his decrees and uses it to bring about the end of human history. We may be shocked by events around the world, by “unprecedented” natural catastrophes, be it floods or famines, droughts or diseases, or earthquakes or volcanic eruptions, yet we have been forewarned by God’s word that these things must come to pass because He is in control. God is sovereign over human freedom. He reigns and He will bring to a conclusion that will establish his Son’s throne forever!

Like Peter, we need to keep our eyes focused on Jesus, and not at the waves around us that are churning and roaring. All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to Jesus and no matter how high the flood water rises and how loud it roars and thunders, and how terrifying the waves of change that are coming, remember: “the Lord on high is mighty!” (v.4) If we keep our eyes fixed on Jesus, like Peter, we will be able to walk peacefully above the frays. While the nations of this world are “in perplexity because of the roaring of the sea and the waves, people fainting with fear and with foreboding of what is coming on the world” (Luke 21:25-26), we as God’s people knows that these are signs that our “redemption is drawing near” (Luke 21:28). Our God reigns! And one day He will come to rule over the nations and establish his kingdom realm on earth as it is in heaven.

We need to reset our priorities. Or perhaps a better way to say it is to re-align ourselves with God’s priorities which Jesus himself has set for us in Matthew 6:33-34, “But seek first the kingdom of God and his righteousness, and all these things will be added to you. Therefore do not be anxious about tomorrow, for tomorrow will be anxious for itself. Sufficient for the day is its own trouble.” We should give up our small ambition and focus on the eternal ambition of establishing God’s rule over us and extending His rule over others, so that the world may become God’s kingdom realm, not Satan’s. 

Father, the time of trouble has arrived. As people are fainting with fear and foreboding regarding the mindless violence visiting upon the world, as Your people we rejoice in You because You reign. Help us acknowledge Your reign, submit to Your rule so that we may experience Your realm. Amen.

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