Prayer for the day
Protect my life and deliver me; let me not be put to shame, for I have trusted in you.
Scripture for the day
This YHWH God is in charge. YHWH is the King, YHWH is the ruler, and He is God.
God as ruler causes even the earth to rejoice. Nature itself enjoys the rule of God, responds to the rule of God, and worships God because of his rule. God’s care for his creation engenders extraordinary joy and gratitude.
God’s rule is exemplified in many, many ways. One of the clearest ways is in the care for his creation and his people. The Psalmist claims that the reign of God makes his salvation known. The Psalmist claims that the reign of God is total and complete. The reign of God is not something theoretical. God is actually ruling, actually in charge. God actually cares for his people, his creation, his beloved created.
God’s rule is equally exemplified by the good works of the people who serve him. Paul has a lot to say about the glory of God exemplified in the people of God. He is asks the Romans to thank and greet an entire group of godly workers because of their work which reflects the rule of God among people.
The rule of God is clearly seen when we look at what the people Paul mentions have done. We see the rule of God in the inclusion of men and women, Jews and Gentiles. We see the rule of God in the way that these people give of themselves, selfless and sacrificial.
The rule of God is something that doesn’t look like the King ruthlessly ruling his subjects. The rule of God doesn’t look like the King taxing his people to death.
The rule of God looks like the earth of God and the people of God gladly and voluntarily worshipping the God who made them. The rule of God looks like the people of God and the creation of God enjoying the goodness of God and gladly working with him.
Let’s enjoy together.