Wednesday, August 19, 2015

The Lord Reigns

Psalm 96:10-13 - Say among the nations, “The LORD reigns; the world also is firmly established, it shall not be moved; He shall judge the peoples righteously.” Let the heavens rejoice, and let the earth be glad; let the sea roar, and all its fullness; let the field be joyful, and all that is in it. Then all the trees of the woods will rejoice before the LORD. For He is coming, for He is coming to judge the earth. He shall judge the world with righteousness, and the peoples with His truth.

The Lord reigns! Let the earth rejoice. Let the people be glad that He reigns. Amen. This Psalm was read in church Sunday. It's an encouragement to those who know God. 

This Psalm, along with Psalm 97, tell us this truth, that our Lord reigns. The LORD reigns; let the earth rejoice; let the multitude of isles be glad! (‭Psalms‬ ‭97‬:‭1)  No matter what we go through or see around us, He reigns. If we can get our heads around this truth we can be content. He reigns whether you believe it or not, whether you sense it or not. Greater still He reigns in the hearts of those who know Him. He brings comfort to them, even if an outcome isn't the best. If we know Him we know our future is secure and anything we go through here in this life is minuscule compared to our eternity. 

He will come to judge someday. There have been several predictions of His return which have not occurred, but He will His own time. We are to be awaiting this return, not in fear but expectantly! In the meantime, we acknowledge He reigns. If we do not allow ourselves to be under His reign we will not have the great future He holds. 

So let the earth rejoice because He reigns! Let His people rejoice in all situations because He reigns.

If one is not comforted by this truth it might be time to believe it. It is a very good time to know this God. This God created each of us. ...You formed my inward parts; You covered me in my mother’s womb. I will praise You, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made; marvelous are Your works, and that my soul knows very well. (‭Psalms‬ ‭139‬:‭13-14‬) Yes, He reigns. 

There is a purpose for each of us. Either it will be His purpose or your own. His way or yours. "‬For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, says the LORD, thoughts of peace and not of evil, to give you a future and a hope." (‭Jeremiah‬ ‭29‬:‭11)  There it is...a hope and a future. It's ours if we will know this God. He reigns and knows all things. If He reigns in your heart, you will want to be in His will. If He is not, you will do as your own will desires. "For My thoughts are not your thoughts, nor are your ways My ways,” says the LORD. "For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are My ways higher than your ways, and My thoughts than your thoughts. (‭Isaiah‬ ‭55‬:‭8-9‬)  

The Lord reigns. 

Psalm 146:3,5-6,10 - Do not put your trust in princes, nor in a son of man, in whom there is no help. Happy is he who has the God of Jacob for his help, whose hope is in the LORD his God, who made heaven and earth, the sea, and all that is in them; who keeps truth forever... The LORD shall reign forever—your God, O Zion, to all generations. Praise the LORD! 

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