Rejoice — For the LORD Reigns

Rejoice in the LORD, you righteous,
And give thanks at the remembrance of His holy name.

Psalm 97:12

Rejoice. God is on the Throne. 

While going through dark times it is harder for us to rejoice in the LORD. Why? One reason is that our focus shifts. We look at things that are going wrong, listen to some of the nonsense being said while shaking our heads, and long for people in authority to do the right thing. Another reason is that we want to stay in control over the situation. We need to remember, however, that neither we ourselves, nor any kind of king, president, or people could  have the government on their shoulder and offer to us a peace like our LORD Jesus does.

Love the LORD. Hate evil!

At this moment in history it might not look like there is meaning behind all of this or that life still has its purpose. Many have lost their jobs and/or are struggling to keep their finances in order. Others are being mocked for their faith. Some might have become sick.

Does God care? Of course, He does! He watches over His children. Psalm 97:10 says: He preserves the souls of His saints; He delivers them out of the hand of the wicked. And listen to the following (11th) verse

Light is sown for the righteous,
And gladness for the upright in heart.

Respect authority, and rely on God’s justice.

1 Peter 2:17-18 tells us to fear God, to honor authority, and to be submissive to our masters. It doesn’t matter which kind of authority we are talking about submission doesn’t come naturally to us. If the authority contradicts or does not follow its own rules and/or crushes our spirit then we want to take over. Vengeance is the LORD’s, however, and we should not forget that. (Romans 12:19; Hebrews 10:30)

Turn your eyes upon Jesus. Rejoice in Him. He reigns!

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