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“Sovereign Lord, I put my hope in you”. Ps 71:5 GNB
One of the supreme beliefs throughout the Bible is the conviction that the Lord is no second-rate deity who is brought in as a last-ditch helper when all other options have been explored and found wanting. He is properly addressed as Sovereign Lord. Other nations had their deities whom those people assumed would help and defend them. Those who put their trust in them were doomed to disappointment. The Israelite people knew that their Lord was supreme among the petty gods of other nations. For centuries, the Israelites did not have a human king – they reckoned that such a person would detract from their conviction that Jehovah-God was their unique Lord and Saviour. To appoint such a human person would be sacrilege. When they did eventually crown Saul as their king, he was a huge disappointment and failed them miserably. But gradually their place among the nations convinced them to appoint David who himself glorified the Lord God as supreme, able and omnipotent. The psalmist sensed that only a great and mighty God was big enough and powerful enough to merit his commitment of his trust and hope.
The Book of Revelation, difficult as it is to understand, is an attempt to look beyond history to the Sovereign Lord God’s ultimate rule and final glory. The gospels show us Jesus constantly referring to “the kingdom of God” as being the sphere in which he operated – again pointing to God’s sovereignty.
And we today need to recognize the supremacy and sovereignty of God – for our worship, for our faith and for our understanding of the world. Understanding the sovereignty of God gives us the perspective from which to perceive the frailty of all human powers.
Lord, help me to glorify you in your sovereignty.
PRAYER OF INTERCESSION
Lord, I pray for those owners of small businesses which have been badly affected by the months of lockdown restrictions. Help them to find ways and means to keep going and to make up for losses they may have sustained last year. Give them courage, optimism and determination to pull through. I ask it in the name of Jesus Christ. AMEN
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