Growing up at First United Presbyterian Church, I recited the Lord’s Prayer every Sunday. Starting with “Our Father,” asking God to provide our daily bread, forgive our debts (not trespasses—we’re not Methodist!), and not lead us into temptation. To be honest, by the last few phrases, I was usually cruising on auto-pilot and wondering what was for lunch.
But if you pay attention, you hear that the end of the Lord’s Prayer makes some shocking claims: “For thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory, forever.”
These phrases point us to the truth of God’s sovereignty—a theme we will be exploring each Monday this month. God’s sovereignty can’t be fully explored with a few short devotionals, but I hope our glimpses at this aspect of His character will grow our trust and affection for Him.
Take a moment to meditate on these words of King David in his prayer to the Lord:
“Yours, O LORD, is the greatness and the power and the glory and the victory and the majesty, for all that is in the heavens and in the earth is yours. Yours is the kingdom, O LORD, and you are exalted as head above all.” (I Chronicles 29:11)
God alone rules over His kingdom with power. Everything belongs to the Creator. He rules over the cosmos and creation, over nature and the nations, over the events of history and the details of our days.
God alone receives glory and majesty. Because God is exalted as head over all, there is none more worthy of all glory and honor and praise.
God alone reigns for all eternity. His kingdom, power, and glory will never end. We can rely on the unchanging power of the reigning King who is also our merciful, good Father.
In The Attributes of God, Pink writes, “Divine sovereignty means that God is God in fact, as well as in name, that he is on the Throne of the universe, directing all things, working all things ‘after the counsel of his own will’ (Eph. 1:11).”
God is God. He alone is sovereign. He rules and reigns. And He cares for you.
No matter what you face this week, our sovereign God rules over all He has made.
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