“Benjamin Franklin in remarks to the Continental Convention, June 28, 1787, says “I have lived, Sir, a long time [81 years-old], and the longer I live, the more convincing proofs I see of this truth
—that God Governs in the affairs of men.”
Feeling overwhelmed? Is the world a discouraging place? Do you feel alone, helpless, hopeless, disheartened? God is greater than our problems. Jesus cares about our struggles. The Bible is a message of hope, strength, and direction. Psalm 93 and the six following Psalms were applied by the Jews to the times of the Messiah. The theme of Psalm 93 is God’s supremacy in creation and providence.
THE PROPOSITION OF GOD’S REIGN
The proposition presented in Psalm 93:1-2 is that God reigns or God is sovereign. God’s sovereignty is stated (“The Lord reigns”). God’s sovereignty is great (“He is robed in majesty”). God’s power is limitless (“He has put on strength as his belt”). God’s sovereignty is eternal (“you are from everlasting”).
The proof of God’s reign will be studied next, but first let us realize that this is a proposition that I want to believe in.
I want to believe God is in control because I need help–Psalm 121:2.
I want to believe God is in control because I want to believe there is a purpose–Romans 8:28 & Romans 8:31-32.
I want to believe God is in control because I want a leader–Psalm 23
God is described as a King entering on His reign, and, for robes of royalty, investing Himself with the glorious attributes of His nature.
The result of His thus reigning is the durability of the world. The practical nature of God’s reign is presented in Hebrews 1:3, “he upholds the cosmos by the word of his power.” Joseph recognized the beneficial nature of God’s control when he said, “you meant it to me for evil, but God meant it for good” (Genesis 50:20). The comforting nature of God’s reign is His comfort (1 Peter 5:7). “What a fellowship! What a joy divine! Leaning on the everlasting arms!”
THE PROOF OF GOD’S REIGN
His underived power exceeds the most sublime exhibitions of the most powerful objects in nature (Ps 89:9). “Water” itself is often used to describe troubling events, floods of emotions, overwhelming problems that drown our hearts. Invading hosts are constantly compared to “floods” or “rivers” in Scripture (see Isa. 8:7, 8; 28:2; 17:12, 13; 59:19; Jer. 46:8, etc.). The great noise of rushing waters is silenced by the whisper of Almighty God.
The proof of God’s sovereign reign is his demonstrated power over all things which He chooses to control.
Jesus deity is proven by the miraculous signs–Acts 2:22-24
Jesus chose to turn the water into wine–John 2
Jesus chose to calm the storm–Mark 4:35-41
Jesus chose to walk on the water–Matthew 14:22-33
Jesus chose to heal the crippled man–Mark 2:1-12
Jesus chose to predict the future–Matthew 24-25
Jesus chose to defeat death by being raised from the dead–1 Corinthians 15:26, 54-57
Jesus remains the most remembered person of history, the most loved person of all time, the greatest leader of the ages, and the only Savior for the world.
John tells us that he wrote his Gospel so that we might know that Jesus is the Christ (John 20:31). Whenever we look at the Word of God in its entirety, let us know that it demonstrates that God is, Jesus is His son, and God is a rewarder of them that diligently seek Him. What is the point of it all? God is in control! God reigns!
THE PRINCIPLES OF GOD’S REIGN
God reigns! What does that have to do with us? While His power inspires dread, His revealed will should secure our confidence (compare Ps 19:7; 25:10), and thus fear and love combined, producing all holy emotions, should distinguish the worship we offer in His house, both earthly and heavenly.
When we approach God’s commandments, know that they are “very sure,” i.e. firm and unalterable, partaking of his unchangeability (Jas. 1:17). We have confidence in what God has said. We can trust His way of life (Psalm 1). “The grass withers, the flower fades, but the Word of the Lord will endure forever.” The commandments are sure because of God’s eternal and changeless nature. Know that when God tells us something, He has given it for a reason:
The wages of sin is death–Romans 6:23
Sin destroys our relationship with God–Genesis 39:9
Sin destroys our selves–1 Corinthians 6:18
Sin destroys the church–1 Corinthians 3:17.
We should also trust God’s at His Word when He offers us blessings:
God promised to remove our sins–Acts 2:38.
God promised to comfort us–1 Corinthians 1:3-4.
God promised to help us–1 Corinthians 10:13.
God promised to give us life after death–1 Thessalonians 4:13-18.
God promised to bring us home–John 14:1-4.
God’s trustworthiness is the only reliable truth available. God trustworthiness is the greatest comfort one could ask for if we are His (1 Jn. 1:7). Why would we choose not to submit to the God of Heaven?
God is in control. But you ask, “why does He allow so much hurt to continue? why does He allow people to die? why does he allow starvation? why does he allow loneliness, disease, depression? IF God is in control, then why doesn’t He do something?! GOD HAS DONE SOMETHING. God sent Jesus–John 3:16. Jesus said in John 16:33, “These things I have spoken unto you, that in me ye might have peace. In the world ye shall have tribulation: but be of good cheer; I have overcome the world.”
God has done something. God has sent Jesus. Jesus built His church. The Spirit and the bride say, Come” (Rev. 22:17). Come drink of the water of life freely. Come drink the living water. Jesus says, “Come unto me all ye who labor and are heavy laden and I will give you rest” (Matthew 11:28).