Oh, clap your hands, all you peoples! Shout to God with the voice of triumph! For the Lord Most High is awesome; He is a great King over all the earth. He will subdue the peoples under us, and the nations under our feet. He will choose our inheritance for us, the excellence of Jacob whom He loves. God has gone up with a shout, the Lord with the sound of a trumpet. Sing praises to God, sing praises! Sing praises to our King, sing praises! For God is the King of all the earth; sing praises with understanding. God reigns over the nations; God sits on His holy throne. The princes of the people have gathered together, the people of the God of Abraham. For the shields of the earth belong to God; He is greatly exalted. (Psalm 47; To the Chief Musician. A Psalm of the Sons of Korah.)
What Will Come Of Our Nation?
Each political year comes with fear, frustration and concern for what will become of our nation. In the first place we should be thankful we live in a country that offers these feelings as many countries are locked in governments that do not allow the freedom of vote. Regardless of the form of government there is one single truth that has always overshadowed the rule of man – that is the rule of God. From the beginning of time the Lord has been the ruler of the world and only by His will have nations risen and His will have brought down nations. The Bible tells the stories of superpowers like Egypt, Assyria, Babylon and Rome who have been used by God for His purpose and then destroyed. The sons of Korah understood how the Lord works in nations declaring the glory of God as greatly exalted.
The ruler of earthly kingdoms is awesome, a great King, subduing all people to His will. By His power the nation of Israel was able to bring other nations under their control. The people of Israel lived under the grace of God. There is great reason to rejoice as the hand of the Lord is mighty upon all nations. His holy throne is greater than any power on earth. The shields or symbols of government belong to the Lord God Almighty and in everything God will be exalted. The sons of Korah understood the providence of Jehovah in the affairs of men. This has not changed in our political year.
A government exists today because of the will of the Father. They are established by his hand. Through the turbulent year of our political process we must see the power of God working to shape our lives to His will. This does not suggest we stand idly by without deep prayer and devotion to the word of God. So often the reason that things come about is because of the few who pray for a change. As Americans we are blessed with the privilege of voting. As children of God we have the greater privilege of prayer. Stepping behind a curtain does not match what happens when we bow the knee. Prayer affirms that we still believe that God works in the nations of men and His will is evident by His guiding hand. The Lord is not a Republican or a Democrat. He is the Lord God Almighty and what He does in our great country is the same thing He does in halls of power in Russia, China, England and Iran. God reigns over the nations – all of them.
Thank God for His wonderful grace. Thank God that He is in charge of the affairs of men. The people of God need to stop complaining and start praying. Trusting in the Lord is where our hearts belong. Seeking His guidance in our lives as a nation is where our minds need to be. Our voices should be proclaiming the praises of a mighty King who is King of all kings. Let God’s rule sound forth in this political year of decision. For God is the King of all the earth; sing praises with understanding.
God in His highest heaven holds the reins of all the kingdoms of earth. He holds the hearts of men in His hands. (J. B. Bossuet, Discourses on Universal History, 1675)