Psalm 93:1-5 (ESV)

The Lord reigns; he is robed in majesty;

the Lord is robed; he has put on strength as his belt.

Yes, the world is established; it shall never be moved.

[2] Your throne is established from of old;

you are from everlasting.

[3] The floods have lifted up, O Lord,

the floods have lifted up their voice;

the floods lift up their roaring.

[4] Mightier than the thunders of many waters,

mightier than the waves of the sea,

the Lord on high is mighty!

[5] Your decrees are very trustworthy;

holiness befits your house,

O Lord, forevermore.

Last night at our church Pastor Hassan Bell preached from Psalm 93 regarding the indisputable, eternal, comforting sovereignty of God over all things. It was a good message. You should have been there.

The Scriptures speak much about the fact that God is in control of the world and they are not shy about saying it even in the face of the horrors that sin has brought into the world. Psalm 93 itself addresses that very question in verses 3 and 4. If God is in control, why do the floods lift up and threaten to overwhelm us? The Psalm does not answer that question but it does uncategorically affirm that even though the floods do lift up God is mightier than the flood waters and the waves of the sea.

Now, today is Victoria Day. The original idea behind this holiday was to honour the longest reigning monarch the British Empire ever had. You can read up a little bit about it here, and of her, here. Whatever you do today as you enjoy a day off from work, think about this: to reign for 60 years is quite an accomplishment. But our God reigns forever and not just over an empire and not just on planet earth. He has not grown weary or lost any power. If He were not in absolute control over everything there would be nothing. He holds the created order together. He is sovereign over all things and all peoples.

If you are a believer, remember that He it is who is sovereign over your soul. He brought you to faith. He sent His Son into the world to retrieve you from your sin and the Son won you to Himself, because He cannot fail to do anything He sets out to do.

We have the day off because Victoria reigned. But the past tense will never be used of the reign of our God. He reigns. He has always reigned and He will forever reign. That should be celebrated every day. And it should lead us to live as obedient servants to a loving Monarch who has given us much to do for His great glory and the betterment of all His subjects. There can never be a holiday from that and we wouldn’t want there to be.