God’s Sovereignty Displayed in His Word

Psalm 99:7

In the pillar of the cloud he spoke to them;
they kept his testimonies
and the statute that he gave them.

We’ve already seen in Psalm 99:6 how God’s sovereignty is displayed in prayer. In v. 7 the Psalmist says that the sovereignty of God is displayed in His word. What is happening here in v. 7? First, God spoke and then what? What did Moses, Aaron, and Samuel do with God’s word? The psalmist says that they kept his testimonies…they kept the statute that he gave them. Why would any church preach about a God who is not sovereign? We should preach the word of God because it is binding upon us; we are bound to it. The ONLY reason we are obligated to keep His testimonies, His statutes, His word is because He is sovereign. If He is not sovereign then why would you do anything He says, much less listen to anything He says. I could not and I would not preach unless God were sovereign. What point is there to obeying someone who has no authority over your life? This is why so much of Christendom is irrelevant because so many have proclaimed a message about a god who “demands the respect of no really thoughtful person” (The Sovereignty of God by AW Pink) and then they try and make this “god” relevant. That is idolatry. We must proclaim the God of the Bible if we are to ever think that people will come to see the relevance of who He is and what He has said. If He is not sovereign then His word is anything but relevant to our lives and it certainly is not binding upon our lives. It is only because he is the sovereign LORD that we must obey His word. The Psalmist says that God’s sovereignty is displayed in His word.

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