The Lord reigns! He is robed in majesty; The Lord is robed, enveloped in strength. The world is firmly established; it cannot be shaken.
Psalms 93:1 HCSB
As we were proclaiming this scripture at one of our meetings, I looked intently at this phrase: “The world is firmly established; it cannot be shaken.” I thought it strange and asked the Lord what He meant by what He said. I mean, I know that anything built and based on the world’s standards is but shifting sand. Obviously this is not what He meant. But when I heard the actual meaning, it gave me tremendous hope – God is in control.
First, God reigns on His throne, now! It’s not in the future but currently – now. Even though situations and circumstance tempt me to believe otherwise, the actuality is that Our Lord is Reigning!
God is in Control – Borders
His reign establishes all things, and all things means everything. Everything in this world has borders. The sea, the land, countries and nations, even the time of rule for any ruler – everything has limits. All things have borders that the Lord Himself establishes. My examples were of big things, but even things as minuscule as a leaf or a drop of rain have an edge that limits the space they’re allowed to cover, and not a bit more. Wow, even my own body is contained in the walls of His limits. Nothing is allowed to run haphazard in the Lord’s creation; everything in every way has borders.
As I left the meeting and was driving to the office, all I saw were the edges of everything. Lines set by the Creator who rules. This brings me such enormous peace. Even if I don’t like the bounds, limits and restrictions of any given thing, they still exist. He still is over ALL. Nothing extends beyond His reach nor exceeds His limitation. Now this sets in place a whole new array of issues. “God, if You could’ve limited that, then why didn’t You?” But that is a wrestling with His very sovereignty, and I’m not really on that. I’m proclaiming the securing yet frightening fact that nothing moves beyond its limited, given space. Nothing!
God is in Control – A World in His Hands
So this gives me comfort and peace? How can I be at peace within the hands of the Creator who limits things according to His Will and not necessarily because of my present wellbeing? This is precisely why I can. Sure, I’ve had that thought many times, but it’s more a reflection of my heart than the heart of my Heavenly Father. As I stated in my post Witness of Perfection, we are often more myopic than clearly sighted.
As I was writing this post, Martha brought me the ending. She made this statement:
“If we really knew the Father’s sufficiency, His commitment and His presence, then we would be content no matter what the situation. And not only content, but in ecstasy.”
Wow! This coupled with a quote from one of her devotions on the word “Let”:
“There was never a problem outside of God’s will and Jesus’ dominion.”
(#33 God’s Perfect Order, Let)
I think the whole point of this post is that though I might not be able to manhandle God nor force His limitations, He’s still my Abba. He is in control and even if I don’t like it, I’m still safe in His safety. I can live at peace in a world that is contained by His parameters rather than whirling about in seemingly chaotic happenstance. And if I will surrender to this, as Martha said, I will not only find contentment but also live in ecstasy.