August 5th – Les Kovacs Psalm 93
Observe: Psalm 93 is a short, simple psalm dedicated to the awesome wonder of God. He is clothed in majesty, armed with strength and established the world firm and secure from all eternity.
Three times the Psalmist says that the seas are lifted up, yet mightier than the great crashing of the waters is the Lord. His Word is unassailable, and He lives in holiness forever.
Interpret: “The Lord reigns…” These are the opening words of the psalm and they set the tone for everything else that follows. It is a simple yet bold statement that establishes that God is supreme over everything. It sets no limits or boundaries on His Kingdom. It sets no conditions or parameters over His Supremacy. He simply reigns, as is right and good and natural for Him who brought all of creation into being by His will alone. There is nothing in the natural order that can compare to Him in strength or power or majesty or holiness. He is unique and perfect in every sense. And how ever much we frail and sinful human beings or nature itself might rail against Him, He stands forever, holy and majestic. The Lord is the ultimate Monarch.
Application: Knowing that the Lord reigns absolutely in the heavens above and earth below should give us comfort and confidence to trust in Him in every circumstance.
The imagery painted in the psalm is intense and can seem frightening. Many of us can relate these images to times in our lives when things have spun out of our control and left us feeling powerless in our futile efforts to bend our circumstances to our will. We may have made plans with people who eventually disappointed us and left us hanging. We may made one bad decision after another until no matter what we do we can’t seem to disentangle ourselves from the mess we’ve made. We may be trapped in an untenable situation through no fault of our own. We may have relationship, finance, or health issues that we just can’t seen to be able to resolve. Our human condition is subject to no shortage of challenges, some of which we deal with using the gifts God gave us, some of which we deal with in community with our brothers and sisters, and some of which are seemingly too difficult for any human effort to overcome. Sometimes we come to the end of our rope, and it looks like a noose.
Yet the psalmist says, “The Lord reigns”. If you believe that the Lord reigns absolutely over all the universe, then is no obstacle He cannot overcome, no challenge that is immune to His sovereign will. And, if there is no problem the Lord cannot solve, why do we resist coming to Him with all our needs? Why do we wait until there is no other alternative before we come to Him for rescue? Even those problems that we can resolve by our own actions would have better outcomes if we brought them to the Lord and sought His will, His “good, pleasing and perfect will.” (Rom 12:2)
The Lord reigns over all creation because it is His rightful place to do so. Let Him reign in your life also, because it is right to do so.
Prayer: Father God, what a comfort it is to know that no matter what situation we may be in, we can trust in you because you reign over all our hopes and plans and hearts. We have a hope in you that cannot be shaken. Amen.
Song: The Lord Reigns – Gateway Worship
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