Verse for Today: Wednesday, December 29, 2010
Psalms 97:1 – The Lord reigns, let the earth be glad; let the distant shores rejoice.It is the awareness of the Lord as the King that makes people glad and rejoicing. The rulers of the earth rule through rules, regulations and controls. They promise and are not able to deliver. Their actions are always to please themselves and their coterie. Their plans are according to their worldly wisdom. But the Lord rules and overrules all other activities that are going on in this world. His control is behind the scene. Only His children know this and that is why they are able to be glad and rejoicing even in the most difficult circumstances. They recognize His hand in all the uncontrollable things in this world. His interferences in the affairs of the world by the Lord are primarily His ways to speak to the people to prepare themselves to meet their creator. His message through all the events in nature and creation is to make man think about his relation with God. But at the same time, God expects His people to show the world that they have rejoicing in their lives in all circumstances and that they are glad because their Lord is in ultimate control of the events of this world. The earth and distant shores are glad because there is soon going to be a deliverance for the entire creation of God from the curse which has been upon the earth because of the sin of man. All creation is rejoicing because their redemption is drawing nearer and nearer. These truths call upon God’s children to exhibit their happiness about the fact that their Lord reigns and He is in total control of the situations around them. They have nothing to be afraid of because their Lord is turning the events around by ruling and overruling above everything and making it all culminate in His glory.
Dear friend, are you glad and rejoicing today in spite of all that is happening around you? If you look around, there are a lot of reasons for you and me to cry and be bewildered because sin is abounding and evil is enlarging into all areas of human endeavors. But in the midst of it all, God’s children can rejoice because their Lord is above all of these events and He is watching it all. He intervenes in world events to make it all focus towards His plan for this earth and for all the people who live here. He is not going to watch these sinful events for long without interfering. His focus is to protect and preserve His children till the rapture and then allow the earth and its inhabitants to go through a time once again to take a stand for or against Him through the great tribulation which is on its way. But at the end of it all, He will once again directly interfere and redeem this earth and the entire creation and rule over it literally for a thousand years. The earth and the shores are rejoicing because the rule of the Lord will soon be on its way. The Lord will once again prove that He is the Lord of all and Lord of the entire Universe. This ought to make His children happier than any one else on earth, because the Lord’s plan for the redemption of this creation include a serious role for them also. They are going to rule with Him in the millennial kingdom. But we His children are already in His kingdom of love where He is the King of Kings and Lord of Lords. When He rules us, it is not tyranny, but rule of love, grace and mercy. This awareness ought to shift our attention to the Lord and His benevolence and praise Him. Let it show in our lives as unexplainable joy and happiness which possessions or positions cannot buy. It was all purchased by the blood of the Lamb on the cross, and we are privileged to be beneficiaries of all that He has prepared for us. Let the reign of the Lord control our thoughts and aspirations today and make us abound in joy!Psalms 89:15 – How blessed are the people who know the joyful sound! O Lord, they walk in the light of Your countenance.Thought for Today
The knowledge of the greatness and benevolence of our God ought to make His people rejoice and live in great expectation day by day.