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.)
Our God Is An Awesome God
The story of the tower at Babel changed everything for the world. Bob Waldron pointed out in his study of Genesis the significance of the division of people was to prohibit the unified efforts of a global conquest by man. No one group of people will dominate the world or nation rule the globe because the habitation of man is firmly held in check by the awesome power (and wisdom) of the Lord Most High. There have been many nations that have tried to rule the world but ended in failure because the only King over all the earth is God. That is exciting to think about. He is such an awesome God nothing in the wisdom of man can come close. He reigns and rules over the affairs of all men. He can subdue tyrants, despots and political thugs who bring misery to the world. All of the power of the nation’s rests upon the hand of the Awesome Lord God.
The child of God has a unique perspective on world events. There is much to be concerned with, sorrowing over the tragedies that come to so many innocent people, fear with the rise of this group and that group. History is the great teacher that always shows that men will fail in time because God is in control. During the days of the two world wars, hearts melted for fear of what the enemies of freedom were bringing upon millions of souls. But where are they today? Following the Second World War the ‘Cold War’ began and hearts again were troubled with fear of nuclear annihilation and destruction. The USSR stood against the United States and prognosticators claimed the great holocaust of the apocalypse would drown the world in a nuclear waste. The USSR is gone and the United States is slowly decaying from the inside. In modern times, fear of ISIS draws the headlines with concerns for Iran and the new Russia and North Korea. The cycle of those seeking domination continues and will follow the same path of self-destruction. God reigns over the nations; God sits on His holy throne. Praise the Lord.
Looking at the United States, the pattern of destruction is following the time held truth that any nation that exalts itself in the denial of God will soon be destroyed. This great country is on the downward spiral of immoral implosion. The Lord God is not feared, acknowledged or believed. More and more the foundation that made this country great is being chipped away. Concerns over the present political climate can only be answered by the lack of moral character in the votes of those Americans who have selected the despots we now face in the coming election. Is there fear? Are there concerns? There is something to be thankful for and the need of joyful voices – the Lord Most High is awesome and He is STILL in control. Clap your hands together in joy. He is a great king over all the earth – including the 3.79 million square miles that we call the United States.
America is a wonderful land to live and work in but it is not home. Home is where our heart is. The heart of the Christian is firmly planted in the soil of a heavenly abode where God is seated on His awesome throne. He is Awesome, the Lord Most High, King over all the earth and he owns all the shields of the earth. All the power of man is in the palm of God’s hand. The sons of Korah had reason to rejoice and their psalm from so long ago resonates in the hearts of God’s people who know that power and glory belong to the Lord. Nothing man can do can change this. Praise God. Lord come quickly. Shout to God with the voice of triumph.
There is only one limit to the sovereignty of the state; it is the knowledge of the sovereignty of God … Where this is lacking there is no limit to the SUPERBIA of the state, for there is only one remedy for the SUPERBIA – fear of God. (Emil Brunner, Justice and the Social Order, 1945)