The LORD Reigns

Psalm 93:1

The Lord reigns; he is robed in majesty;
the Lord is robed; he has put on strength as his belt.
Yes, the world is established; it shall never be moved.

Think of the implication of the first three words of this passage: “the LORD reigns.” This is the cry of the church – Our God reigns. It is the solid rock foundation that we stand upon. Why do we neglect this teaching? Why would we avoid it? Why would we spend one second more on self-improvement pep-talks in the pulpit than on the granite rock, absolute truth of the sovereignty of God. Think of it“The LORD has established his throne in the heavens, and his kingdom rules over all (Psalm 103:19).” What happens to fear in light of this? What happens to our faith in light of this? What happens to our obedience in light of this? What happens to luck and chance? Fear dissipates. Faith finds strength. Obedience finds motivation. And luck and chance find the trash can. What we need to realize is that the greatest reality in all the universe is that the LORD reigns. There is no reality apart from that reality. The moment that phrase ceases to be true is the moment that you and I and reality cease to exist.

Clark Pinnock, a proponent of open theism has said “Decisions not yet made do not exist anywhere to be known even by God. They are potential—yet to be realized but not yet actual. God can predict a great deal of what we will choose to do, but not all of it, because some of it remains hidden in the mystery of human freedom … The God of the Bible displays an openness to the future that the traditional view of omniscience simply cannot accommodate.” Let me be very clear about where I stand theologically regarding comments like this…this is a straightforward denial of a truth that is central to the Bible; the doctrine of God’s Providence. If the mystery of human freedom remains hidden to God, then He does not reign; human choice reigns – so delete Psalm 93:1. If God is open to the future in a way that the traditional view of omniscience simply cannot accommodate, then God is not God. And if that is the case then what AW Pink wrote in 1918 still holds true in our day, that “the conception of Deity which prevails most widely today, even among those who profess to give heed to the Scriptures, is a miserable caricature, a blasphemous travesty of the Truth. The God of the twentieth century is a helpless, effeminate being who commands the respect of no really thoughtful man. The God of the popular mind is the creation of a maudlin sentimentality. The God of many a present day pulpit is an object of pity rather than of awe inspiring reverence.”

God, as He is revealed in Psalm 93, exists in stark contrast to the god of the open theist. The LORD, as he is revealed here in Psalm 93, is not helpless. He is not just some effeminate being for us to disregard. He is not a creation of over-emotional sentimentality. And he is not to be pitied. This text says that he reigns – The LORD reigns!

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