Anglican Devotional 12 May 2024: The Sovereignty Of God

The Daily Fountain Devotional of the Church Of Nigeria (Anglican Communion) 12 May 2024 – The Sovereignty Of God

TOPIC: The Sovereignty Of God

READ: Psalm 97:1-12(NKJV)

  1. The LORD reigns; Let the earth rejoice; Let the multitude of isles be glad!
  2. Clouds and darkness surround Him; Righteousness and justice [are] the foundation of His throne.
  3. A fire goes before Him, And burns up His enemies round about.
  4. His lightnings light the world; The earth sees and trembles.
  5. The mountains melt like wax at the presence of the LORD, At the presence of the Lord of the whole earth.
  6. The heavens declare His righteousness, And all the peoples see His glory.
  7. Let all be put to shame who serve carved images, Who boast of idols. Worship Him, all [you] gods.
  8. Zion hears and is glad, And the daughters of Judah rejoice Because of Your judgments, O LORD.
  9. For You, LORD, [are] most high above all the earth; You are exalted far above all gods.
  10. You who love the LORD, hate evil! He preserves the souls of His saints; He delivers them out of the hand of the wicked.
  11. Light is sown for the righteous, And gladness for the upright in heart.
  12. Rejoice in the LORD, you righteous, And give thanks at the remembrance of His holy name.

THE MESSAGE:

God is supreme – in sovereignty, power and works. There is no other like Him in heaven and on earth. The writer of Psalm 97 describes the sovereignty of God as being enthroned over all things. Some of his description are as follows: He ensures justice for those deprived (v.2b); He reigns in victory over his enemies (v.3); He lightens the troubles of His people (v.4); mountains of afflictions melt at his presence (v.5); He reveals his glory to his people (v.6); He covers idol worshipers with shame (v.7); His judgment brings rejoicing to his people (v.8); He delivers his people from the hands of the wicked (v.10b). Above all, it is necessary and important to give thanks each time His name is mentioned, because He reigns.

The sovereignty of God as declared by the writer of this Psalm and in many other parts of the Bible is to encourage and strengthen our faith in God. No matter the negative the situations we find ourselves in, we should rely on His sovereign authority. He exercises supreme reign over our troubles and we must remember that nothing rises above the control of God. We are encouraged to accept Him as Lord over all situations, love Him with all our hearts and hate evil. You can cast your care upon Him because He cares for you (1 Pet.5: 7).

PRAYER:
Accept and trust in the sovereignty of God, and be free of anxiety.

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