Friday, April 26, 2013

Reign Forever!

 10The LORD shall reign for ever, even thy God, O Zion, unto all generations. Praise ye the LORD. 
(Psalm 146:10, King James Version)

Reign Forever!

As creatures of this world we have a hard time grasping the concept of forever! Psalm 146 tells us that the LORD shall reign forever. Should we not then be more concerned about our relationship to this reigning Lord than to anyone or anything else? Yet, that is usually not the case; we are so intent upon this life in which we live that we seldom give any great thought to how well we are serving our reigning king.

That really is the issue, is it not? It is not true that someday the Lord will return and reign forever, but rather, even now, Christ is reigning. Yes, He will return and set up His kingdom on this earth, but even now He is sitting at the right hand of God the Father. Right now, He is reigning from His heavenly throne.

No matter what our circumstance may be on this earth, it is only temporary. One does not have to live very long to understand that this world is constantly fluctuating. Weather changes from day to day, kingdoms rise and fall, people die, and people are born. What may be the normal experience one day may be completely different on another day. Why, then, do we spend so much time worrying about the things of this earth?

The Psalmist, who incidentally is in heaven right now, understood this. He concluded His Psalm with this great exclamation of praise and honor to God, for in truth, nothing else mattered! He gazed upon all future generations calling them to praise and honor the Lord. It did not matter to him what their circumstances might be; he understood that God would live and reign over them just as He reigned over the Israel of his day.

Does God truly reign over the kingdoms of this earth? We live in a time when very few if any kingdoms really do true homage to God. Does that mean that He does not reign over them? We must understand that nothing that happens on this earth is removed from God's Almighty hand. What He has planned does and will come to pass. From our perspective that may not seem to be the truth, but we must understand that, just as the children of Israel did not see God's hand upon them, especially when they were sinning against Him, He never left their side, and He never leaves our side as well.

This, dear Christian, is the God we love and serve, and He reigns forever! We, by faith, put our entire hope and trust in Him, for what He has ordained will come to pass. Though we may not see the evidence of that truth, yet we must trust in Him, for Christ, alone, is true and faithful.

Go, then, this day in the strength and power of the Lord. Love Him, serve Him, and obey Him, for His reign is forever!

God Bless You,
Linda

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