IN THE DAYS OF HIS POWER SERIES.
TOPIC: THE LORD REIGNS LET THE EARTH TREMBLE!
Rev. Innocent Chukwudi Peace-Udochukwu
President Living Fountain Ministries Int’l LIFOM
“The Lord reigneth; let the people tremble: he sitteth between the cherubims; let the earth be shaken”
No Doctrine in the whole Word of God has more excited the hatred of mankind than the truth of the absolute Sovereignty of God.
The Lord, reigns over the affairs of our towns and nations.
Psalm 114 vs 7 says the earth trembles at the presence of God.
Therefore, if you want to confront your enemy, all you need to do is bring God’s presence.
Once the presence of God comes down all your enemies, all your troubles will tremble and scatter in Jesus mighty name. Amen
Let the people tremble – He will establish his kingdom in spite of his enemies; let those who oppose him tremble for the consequences.
He sitteth between the cherubims – This is in reference to the ark, at each end of which was a cherub of glory; and the shechinah, or symbol of the Divine Presence, appeared on the lid of the ark, called also the mercy-seat, between the cherubim. Sitting between the cherubim implies God’s graciousness and mercy. While then, in his reign, he was terrible to sinners, he is on the throne of grace to all who fear love, and obey him. Though this symbol were not in the second temple, yet the Divine Being might very well be thus denominated, because it had become one of his titles, he having thus appeared under the tabernacle and first temple.
Thefact that “the Lord reigns” is indisputable—and it is this fact that arises the utmost opposition in the unrenewed human heart. “The kings of the earth set themselves, and the rulers take counsel together against the Lord and against His Anointed, saying, Let us break their bands asunder, and cast away their cords from us.” We know what the Lord thinks of their rebellion against Him—”He that sits in the heavens shall laugh: the Lord shall have them in derision. Then shall He speak unto them in His wrath and vex them in His sore displeasure.” Let us, Beloved, not be among those who refuse to believe this great Truth of God, but may we humbly bow before that dread Sovereign who does as He wills among the armies of Heaven and among the inhabitants of this lower world—
“God is a King of power unknown;
Firm are the orders of His Throne!
If He resolves, who dare oppose,
Or ask Him why, or what He does?’ God has the right to act thus, first, because He is the source of all created existence. “In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth,” and everything else that exists is the product of His creative power! As the writer of the 100th Psalm says, “It is He that has made us, and not we ourselves.” So He has the absolute right to do with us whatever He pleases. It rested with Him to make us or not to make us. And when He determined to create, it was according to His own will that He made one creature a worm and another an eagle, one an ant crawling upon its little hill and another a leviathan making the deep to boil. It was by His decree that there were almost boundless variations among the great family of mankind. In constitution, disposition and temperament—in the very appearance of our bodies, in the strange diversities of our mental capacities, in our position upon the globe or our place and circumstances in any particular country and nation—we see traces of the Sovereign purpose and will of God. It is true that our ancestors, parents and surroundings have exerted certain influences upon us, but there are peculiarities about each one of us which can only be ascribed to the Sovereign good pleasure of God.
“How beautiful upon the mountains are the feet of him who brings good news, who publishes peace, who brings good news of happiness, who publishes salvation, who says to Zion, ‘Your God reigns.’”
The list of what is unfolding in our world causing many hearts to fail and fears to rise is long. I won’t take up the time and space to make such a list. We know them. We feel them. We hear them. And if we are not careful, even as Christians, they may consume our thinking, paralyze us with fear, quench our courage in the Lord, silence our confident witness for Him, and exhaust us through sleepless nights filled with worry and anxiety. Yet, we don’t need to react to the world as the world. We know who controls the world. We know the One who not only knows what is happening in the world but orchestrates all things for His purposes. Mysterious? Absolutely! Make sense to us finite humans? Absolutely not! But we trust Him!
As we watch world affairs and the crumbling of our nation, even the death of our nation, today’s scripture begins with three words which, if believed and relied upon, will calm every fear, drive away any worry, and put to bed all anxiety. They are “The Lord reigns.” Be encouraged from those words in three directions . . .
First, “the Lord reigns” means nothing is happening that He does not control. God did not create the world and then simply let it go on its own. No, He is a God intimately involved in all facets of His creation. He is fully orchestrating all things for His purposes. In the major prophet book of Isaiah we read of the Lord’s sovereign control, “I form light and create darkness; I make well-being and create calamity; I am the Lord, who does all these things”(Isaiah 45:7). Now be careful. This does not make God the author of sin, but it does mean He controls all things pointing to His ultimate good purposes. And yes, He will use sin and calamity for His good purposes.
Also, “the Lord reigns” means no person, leader or nation is above Him or may stop Him. What great comfort! Soak in the truth in this verse – Turn to me and be saved, all the ends of the earth! For I am God, and there is no other (Isaiah 45:22). The One True God is the One True God
Not only do we believe that God being the Creator, has the right to make His creatures according to His own will, but we also believe that He has another right over us acquired from our sinful nature. We may say, though we speak it with bated breath in the Presence of His awful Majesty, that even creatures have their rights at their Creator’s hand. For instance, every creature may claim from its Creator that it should not be punished if it does not offend—and that it should be made happy if it is obedient to His commands. Such rights Jehovah has always acknowledged and has never violated. But you and I, dear Friends, have lost all the rights of creatureship, for we have all sinned! A subject of this realm has the right of freedom to go where he pleases and do what he pleases as long as he does not offend against the law of the land. But if he commits high treason, or robbery, or some other crime and so is brought under the condemnation of the law, he immediately loses all right to his freedom and is put in prison with other criminals.
Now the Law of God’s universe, a most equitable and just Law, runs thus, “The soul that sins, it shall die.” And we have all sinned—the sentence of death is recorded against every soul born of woman—and that any of us are still permitted to live is due to the clemency of the great King! Some of us, blessed be His holy name, have been pardoned by Him. And having been pardoned, we shall never again be condemned—but others are put off during their Majesty’s pleasure and that respite is an act of Divine Sovereignty. Had He executed the sentence pronounced upon us as soon as we had sinned, we might have bewailed His severity, yet we could never have impeached His Justice, for we should have deserved the utmost penalty that could have been demanded by His righteous Law! So that, by virtue of our sinnership, God has the right to punish us if He pleases to do so. But if He can consistently, with the principles of Eternal Justice, pardon us, He has the right do so! You noticed that I said, “consistently with the principles of Eternal Justice,” for God will never violate those principles. He can always do as He wills, but He always wills to do what is right and, by the Atonement of His dear Son, He has made a way by which He can satisfy all the claims of His inflexible Justice and yet can take infinite delight in bestowing His mercy upon the guilty! Then surely, as mercy is not only God’s prerogative as King, but also had to be so dearly bought by the precious blood of His well-beloved Son, we ought not to be backward in confessing that He has the right to bestow that mercy whenever He pleases. At all events, whether we believe it or not, this declaration is still thundered forth from the Throne of the Eternal, “I will have mercy on whom I will have mercy, and I will have compassion on whom I will have compassion.”
Observe then, three rights which belong to God—as Creator, as Judge, having the right to punish the guilty. And as the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, having the right to pardon sinners and to do it without, in the slightest degree, violating His Justice. These are high Doctrines from which some turn away in despair.
Finally, “the Lord reigns” assures us of that great day when His reign in the new heavens and earth will not be opposed by any one or any force. Perfect peace, perfect fellowship, and that with the King of Kings who reigns forever – Then I saw a new heaven and a new earth, for the first heaven and the first earth had passed away, and the sea was no more. And I saw the holy city, new Jerusalem, coming down out of heaven from God, prepared as a bride adorned for her husband. And I heard a loud voice from the throne saying, “Behold, the dwelling place of God is with man. He will dwell with them, and they will be his people, and God himself will be with them as their God. He will wipe away every tear from their eyes, and death shall be no more, neither shall there be mourning, nor crying, nor pain anymore, for the former things have passed away” (Revelation 21:1-4)
So, child of God. Get a good night’s sleep tonight. All is well. The Lord reigns. That settles everything now and forever!
PRAYER: “Father, I praise You that Your reign in this world and the next is constant and unmatched.”
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