“The Lord reigns.” A solid focus on God was essential for the life of Israel as a worshiping nation. The weapons of a powerful enemy might have seemed more real than the divine King that they could not see. It was vital for their continued well-being that they sing about the power of their God. “He is robed in majesty.”
Belligerent displays of strength by Israel’s enemies were easily seen by everyone, but would Israel know the glory of the Almighty One who had given them the land of Canaan? “He has put on strength as His belt.”
The God of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob was the Creator of the heavens and the earth. There was no power among the nations that escaped His sovereign dominion. He was not merely the God of the small territory that He had given to them. “The world is established.” The Creator’s extensive realm was established from of old. “You are from everlasting.”
The clamor of powerful armies and very populous countries might be directed against the Lord’s people. God’s own beloved children might be vastly outnumbered by those all around them. Their enemies might seem to cover the face of the earth like a flood. Yet Israel could rightly sing these words: “Mightier than the thunders of many waters, mightier than the waves of the sea, the Lord on high is mighty!”
The Lord God still reigns over all today. Though many people may raise their voices against Him, the Son of God has all power and authority. He has a plan which He announced to His apostles long ago. “Make disciples of all nations.” He told the first leaders of His church that they were to teach the entire world “to observe all that I have commanded you.” He promised to be with them until the end.
Though opposition against Him may seem to be overwhelming, the evidence of the centuries tells a very compelling story: God’s plan is working. The Lord’s church is everywhere. His “decrees are very trustworthy.” He is raising up a holy temple with Christ as the Cornerstone. “Holiness befits your house, O Lord, forevermore.” Yes, the Lord reigns!
Prayer from A Book of Prayers
Lord God, You rule over all. You are the Creator and Sustainer of the world. There are so many people on this earth, but You are far above the most powerful and numerous mobs of Your enemies. Your holiness will endure forever.