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. (To the Chief Musician. A Psalm of the Sons of Korah. Psalm 47)
God Is The King
Today is a day of rejoicing. There is great reason to begin this day with a lot of confidence, hope and joy. We serve a God that is awesome. Don’t let the word fool you. When we say that God is awesome, we just do not mean He is somewhat cool. The meaning of awesome in the Hebrew suggest a fear or reverence. The Lord inspires thanksgiving because no one can stand before Him and His glory. His love is immeasurable. The kindness of His expression of mercy is without bounds. Nothing in the world is as great as the love of God. He is a great king over all the earth. His wisdom is everlasting. Everything in the world is held together by His word. Life is sustained through His spirit. Rejoice in the presence of the awesome Lord Most High.
Men fear one another as nations seek to subdue other nations. What they have always forgotten is that God controls the affairs of men in determining their habitations and boundaries. The nation of Israel was given as an example of God’s working among His people. His will is accomplished in the lives of the saints who live for Him each day trusting in His overpowering rule in the affairs of men. He is not quieted by the wrangling of men. The shout of the Lord and the sound of His trumpet herald the fulfillment of His divine will. There is rejoicing in the knowledge of the power of God.
Singing praises to the Lord is telling the story of His might and power among men. We sing with joy in our hearts because He is the king of all the earth. That understanding helps us see clearly through the events of our lives. He reigns over the nations. Think about that. The entire world is contained within the sphere of His power and His wisdom. Nations rise and fall according to the eternal will of the Father. There is good reason to sing with joy and thanksgiving. We serve the one who rules over all the earth.
This year is a time of great political upheaval. We have seen things most would never have dreamed would happen in our society. But here we are. The one true confidence in the matters of this radical year is that no matter what happens – God still rules. The election in fall will not change the power of God over man. He will still maintain His sovereignty and the flags of the nations of men will remain under the control of the Almighty Lord God. Men do not rule the world. An awesome God does. Now that is something to sing praises too.
I have lived, sir, a long time, and the longer I live, the more convincing proof I see of this truth – that God governs in the affairs of men. (Benjamin Franklin, During the Constitutional Convention, 1787)