Thank You, God (Psalm 97)

The LORD reigns, let the earth be glad;
let the distant shores rejoice (PSALM 97:1).


People don’t like it, despise it, and want to deny it, but God is in charge. He is ruling and overruling the affairs of humanity.

You can deny the very existence of God, but it doesn’t dilute the fact that he is in control. Benjamin Franklin once said, “I have lived a long time, and the longer I live the more convincing proofs I see of this truth—that God governs in the affairs of men.”

That means several things: Nothing can happen anywhere in the universe without God’s awareness. God is never taken by surprise and is never removed from his sovereignty. God knows every thought going through a person’s mind, every word that comes out of a person’s mouth, and every deed performed by a person’s hands.

Though God does not will every circumstance, he does have a will in every circumstance. This means there are going to be times when things will happen that you will not understand. Even so, you can be th

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A god who is not sovereign over all is no god at all. It’s comforting to know that God is in absolute control of this world, even able to work adverse circumstances to our good. Nothing escapes God’s notice. He has counted the hairs on your head, puts your tears in bottles, and, best of all, he hears your every prayer.

The sovereignty of God is a foundational truth when it comes to prayer. Why pray to an ineffectual God who is subject to the whims of circumstances, just as we are?
On the contrary, God rules over circumstances. Though what you may be be going through now seems unlikely to be the will of God, just wait, watch, and pray. In his sovereignty, God has the ability to bring that which was not his will to align with his will. Never fear to trust your sovereign God. He is ever faithful.


James Merritt. 52 Weeks Through The Psalms Devotional. Harvest House Publishers. Eugene, Oregon, 2018.