“May the nations be glad and sing for joy, for you rule the peoples with equity”.
Ps 67:4 NIV
One of the modern songs starts “How lovely on the mountains are the feet of him who brings good news” but it has a repeating chorus that proclaims, “Our God reigns” and those words are sung three times over – after every verse!
It was a penetrating insight on the part of the ancient Israelite men of God when they perceived that God is a sovereign being. He rules. So strong was their conviction that God is the supreme ruler that it took them a long time to grasp that this ruling God can allow – and even work through – a human king. At first they believed that God only ruled over them, his special people. Then the glorious truth dawned on them – God rules over the whole world! Not human emperors, military generals, local strong men, or petty dictators control the world. Nor was it the sun, moon or stars. It was God.
Furthermore, that truth was something to be joyful about. The one who was supreme, Almighty, holy and loving, was just – and he ruled with equity which means integrity and justice. Therefore, the destiny of the human race – and of separate nations – was in safe and secure hands. The people were not at the mercy of corrupt and capricious human masters despite their inclination to strut their stuff and throw their weight around. The world was ruled not by tyrants to be feared, but by God who was to be adored and respected, and he was king supreme. It is a message of joy, hope and peace for all humanity. It still is, and Christ reigns alongside this Sovereign God.
Lord, let us celebrate your kingly rule.
PRAYER OF INTERCESSION
Lord, I pray for teachers who are starting at schools for the first time this month. Help them as they face a class of children for the first time. Help them not to be afraid, but to be confident and strong throughout the day, fulfilled and at peace. I ask it in Jesus’ name. AMEN