Words from the Heart for Sunday May 28th, 2017
God reigns over the nations; God is seated on his holy throne.
Psalm 47:8 (NIV)
God Reigns Over Nations
We long to have someone in charge. We want someone to bring order out of the chaos we are hearing about. Into this moment comes the Word of the Lord. Our God is that Someone. He is seated upon a throne. His rule is supreme. He is the Greatest One. That changes everything about how we view our world and how we pray.
Canada’s next head of state will be visiting Canada this summer. Governor General David Johnston announced last month that Prince Charles and his wife Camilla will be in Ottawa for Canada’s sesquicentennial celebrations from June 29-July 1. It will mark the 18th visit to Canada for Prince Charles and the fourth visit for Camilla. When the Prince visited here in 2014 he highlighted the initiatives undertaken by Prince Charities Canada, the not-for-profit headed by the Prince of Wales that helps disadvantaged youth, promotes education, responsible business, environmental sustainability, and supports indigenous communities and the armed forces. Matthew Rowe, The Prince’s Charities’ director of operations and partnerships, said one of the goals for Canada’s 150th anniversary is to highlight work in every part of the country, including initiatives in Canada’s North to promote indigenous languages and food security.
When you visit Israel, and particularly the ancient ruins in the northern part of the country, you discover that at the gates there was usually a spot where the king would have a throne. As the people entered the city, they could approach the king and get his advice or a decision. The throne became a symbol of his power – no one else had the authority to sit at the city gate like that. The Bible tells us that when David’s son Absalom was trying to usurp his father’s authority, he took the place of David at the city gate and won the favour of the people. But he really had no authority to do so and before long he was killed. So if anyone understood the power and authority of the throne, David did. He writes in Psalm 47:8: “God reigns over the nations; God is seated on his holy throne.” The eternal battle between goodness and evil, between darkness and light, between God and Satan, is at the heart of the Biblical narrative. But there really is no doubt about the outcome. God is God and He alone has authority. He reigns over the entire earth, seated in His place of authority. That should give us, who love Him, great confidence to live victoriously today. God is in His position of power and authority and we are His children. Live your life today with the confidence that your heavenly Father is all powerful.
These have been words from the heart.