10Say among the heathen that the LORD reigneth: the world also shall be established that it shall not be moved: he shall judge the people righteously.
11Let the heavens rejoice, and let the earth be glad; let the sea roar, and the fulness thereof.
12Let the field be joyful, and all that is therein: then shall all the trees of the wood rejoice
13Before the LORD: for he cometh, for he cometh to judge the earth: he shall judge the world with righteousness, and the people with his truth.
The Trees Rejoice!
How can the trees rejoice? How can a field be joyful? Can the trees and the fields be sad? Yes!
You will remember that this series of psalms devotions is entitled, "First Love." Though we do not commonly think this way, even nature calls its First Love, God. When man fell as a result of the sin of Adam and Eve, they were not the only ones affected by their sin. Not only would they now suffer illness, disease, and ultimately death, but nature would as well.
As a matter of fact we cannot even begin to imagine what this world must have been like before sin and death entered its portals. As we look at the verses shown above from Psalm 96, just what is it that made the heavens rejoice, the earth be glad, the sea roar, the field be joyful, and the trees rejoice? They are all joyful,
Before the LORD: for he cometh, for he cometh to judge the earth: he shall judge the world with righteousness, and the people with his truth.
Sin by Satan has entered this world and seems to reign triumphant, but its days are numbered. When that last day arrives, the Lord Jesus Christ will return triumphant, and the world will no longer be held in bondage by Satan and his forces of evil. For the wicked, it is a terrible day, for at last their sin and wickedness will be abolished forever. However, for the righteous it will be a day of righteousness and gladness such as this world has not known since its creation.
Not only will the righteous rejoice at the return of their Savior, but it will be a great day of rejoicing for all of nature as well. On that day we will even see the trees rejoice!
The next time someone tells you that Satan is the ruler of this world, think about what they are really implying. No, Satan does not rule this world? His sin has terribly affected this world, but Satan is not its master.
God in His sovereignty does not always stay the wicked hand of Satan, but even that is according to His eternal purpose for this world. The plans that God had in place even before the creation of the world have not been altered. Everything He has ordained has and will come to pass, for our eternal God and Father is the only Sovereign Ruler of this world, as well as all creation beyond its limited borders.
Say among the heathen that the LORD reigneth: the world also shall be established that it shall not be moved: he shall judge the people righteously.
May God hasten the day when the trumpet shall sound and the Lord shall return.
Rejoice, Rejoice oh Christian,
Lift up your voice and sing,
Eternal hallelujahs to Jesus Christ the King!
The hope of all who seek Him,
The help of all who find,
None other is so loving,
So good and kind.
He lives! He lives!
Christ Jesus lives today.
He walks with me and talks with me
Along life's narrow way.
He lives! He lives!
Salvation to impart.
You ask me how I know He lives:
He lives within my heart!
Amen, so come quickly Lord Jesus!
God Bless You,