In Praise of God’s Sovereignty

I recently came across a rather amazing statement of God’s sovereignty. I was reading Isaiah 5 in which the prophet is prophesying of an Assyrian invasion at the response of God’s “whistle” (v. 26). Isaiah then describes the battle ready condition of this army saying among other things “not a waistband is loose, not a sandal strap is broken” (v. 27).

Wow!

Not only is God sovereign over nations but his sovereignty is thorough, down to the last detail like waistband’s and sandal straps! Isn’t that amazing! Nothing is left to chance in God’s universe (not even dice throwing and birds flying – see Proverbs 16:33 and Matthew 10:29-31).

The sovereignty of God is asserted on every page of the Bible. As Psalm 115:3 says, “But our God is in the heavens; he does whatever He pleases.” However in spite of this fact it seems Christians and non-Christians alike will allow God to be anywhere except upon his throne ruling his universe according to his good pleasure and will. We are forever trying to dethrone God but what does Psalm 2 say God is doing in response to our rebellion? He is laughing and working out his plan to establish his Son as King. Therefore if we are smart we will serve the Lord with fear, rejoice with trembling and kiss the Son.

I for one find God’s sovereignty to be immensely comforting and awe-inspiring. I think King David and the Apostle Paul did also (have you read Psalm 145 lately? Or how about Romans 11:33-36?) along with the rest of the Holy Spirit inspired authors of Scripture. The apostle John in Revelation 19 records what Ottman calls, “Heaven’s Hallelujah Chorus.” In verses 4-5 the 24 elders and 4 living creatures fall down and worship God “who was seated on the throne.” What a powerful picture of a sovereign God! He is sitting on his throne in absolute control of all things. As Psalm 103:19 says, “The LORD has established His throne in the heavens, and his sovereignty rules over all.” Just a few verses later in Revelation 19 the apostle says he heard what seemed to be the voice of a great multitude, like the roar of many waters and like the sound of mighty peals of thunder, crying out, “Hallelujah! For the Lord our God the Almighty reigns.”

When is the last time you praised God for his absolute sovereignty? What are you waiting for? Stop arguing, prostrate yourself before the Lord and start adoring!

 

God Moves In A Mysterious Way

Here is a hymn written by William Cowper, a man easily given to depression and anxiety. It pertains to the sovereignty of God and His mysterious yet wondrous providence of all events. I especially enjoy the fourth and fifth verses. The providence of God thrilled his soul and I pray it does yours too!

God Moves in Mysterious Ways
 
God moves in a mysterious way His wonders to perform;
He plants His footsteps in the sea, and rides upon the storm.
 
Deep in unfathomable mines of never-failing skill,
He treasures up His bright designs, and works His sovereign will.
 
Ye fearful saints, fresh courage take, the clouds ye so much dread,
are big with mercy, and shall break In blessings on your head.
 
Judge not the Lord by feeble sense, but trust Him for His grace;
Behind a frowning providence, He hides a smiling face.
 
His purposes will ripen fast, unfolding every hour;
The bud may have a bitter taste, but sweet will be the flower.
 
Blind unbelief is sure to err, and scan his work in vain;
God is His own interpreter, and He will make it plain.