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!

 

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Weekend Roundup: Seven Articles for your Musings

I know. I know. It is Monday so it is a little late for a “weekend roundup” but in my household the kids have a four day weekend from school so technically for me this still counts!

The False Teachers: This sounds like it will be good. Tim Challies is starting out a new series of articles that will scan the history of the church and pause to examine some of Christianity’s most notorious false teachers. The first one is Arius.

Missionary Biographies: Here is another church history link but of a different focus. This one is about the power and importance of reading missionary biographies and at the bottom actually provides a link to a great list of free ebooks of missionary biographies! Read up and may the Lord put a fire in your heart for the glory of his name and declaring it to all peoples!

Common Objections: The Old Testament is Full of Rape, Murder, Slavery, Homophobia: Over at monergism.com John Hendryx gives a very gracious and powerful response to some of these common objections. Read up so that you might be ready to give an answer for the hope that is in you!

Evangelism and the Sovereignty of God: Nice review of a good book that I highly recommend. I have a very old beaten up copy of it in my library.

Looking to Christ in the Loss of a Child: As the article says, “The loss of a child is painful, deeply painful” but “In Christ, grief will not the last word.”

7 Truths for a Christ-Centered Marriage: This is the first of a mini-series on marriage that was timed to coincide with the week of Valentine’s day. I encourage you to read them all.

Final Focus: OK preachers and teachers – what is the final focus of your sermons?

Enjoy!