Devotion Saturday 17 August, 2019
The Lord reigns
“The Lord reigns, let the earth rejoice; let the many coastlands be glad… Rejoice in the Lord, O you righteous, and give thanks to his name” (Psalm 97:1-12 ESV)
We are living at a very fragile moment that it seems everything has fallen apart. Poverty has deeply deprived many of their basic needs especially in Africa and other developing countries. Millions of people are either living as internally displaced or have sought refuge outside of their countries due to violence in their native countries. Terror attacks are increasingly becoming part of our daily menu. Secularism has ripped many churches of their godly conscience that the authority of the Bible has been long buried. It seems like God is on leave, or as in deism, God is no longer interested in the affairs of the world.
Nonetheless, amidst all these fragilities, we ought to be reminded that God reigns. Yes, God reigns! He is not on leave, he is not dead, he is not unconcerned about your situation, God is alive and he reigns, praise the Lord! Psalm 97 and a few others, which are being codenamed Enthronement Psalms in theological circles starts with the strong affirmation that God reigns.
You shouldn’t freak and tremble at what happens to you and around you. Be reminded that God reigns and he lets his light shine for the righteous and brings his joy to those upright in heart (v. 11) even in the most darkest moments. Remember he promised his rod and staff to comfort you even when you go through the valley of the shadow of death (Ps. 23:4).
Dear child of God, cheer up, proclaim the reign of God at all times in all circumstances and indeed you will see his invisible hand reign in your situations.
The Lord reigns!
Prayer: Dear Lord, open the eyes of my heart to see your throne of glory that I may rejoice of your reign forever and ever. Amen!
Rev. J. Tabi, Doctor of Philosophy (student)
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