1 Praise the Lord.
Praise the Lord, you his servants;
praise the name of the Lord.
2 Let the name of the Lord be praised,
both now and forevermore.
3 From the rising of the sun to the place where it sets,
the name of the Lord is to be praised.
4 The Lord is exalted over all the nations,
his glory above the heavens.
5 Who is like the Lord our God,
the One who sits enthroned on high,
6 who stoops down to look
on the heavens and the earth?
The news headlines are so depressing these days, as we are frequently exposed to news of senseless violence around the globe. Just yesterday, I read of a knife attack in Japan that left 19 dead and this morning we awake to news of a priest slain in his church in France. We are living in chaotic times unlike anything I have seen in my lifetime. Many people I talk with are afraid, they are worried about the future and what will take place. In times like these, believers must cling to the promise and certainty of the one and only God, who “sits enthroned on high, who stoops down to look on the heavens and the earth.”
In my last post, I wrote that Satan must sense that the end is near and he is so desperately trying to inflict suffering and terror upon the earth. Satan can’t touch those who believe and place their trust and faith in Christ because we have been “rescued from the dominion of darkness and brought into the kingdom of the Son he loves, in whom we have redemption, the forgiveness of sins” (Colossians 1:13). Satan is busy working through those who do not believe in God, and in Christ as savior, and he is using unbelievers in his attempt to spread fear and terror through the world.
Make no mistake that God is still in control of what transpire upon this planet. God has given Satan certain boundaries in which to operate but God is sovereign and He is always in control. We simply can’t understand why evil continues to spread and prosper, but in the end, we know that good will prevail over evil. One day, God’s name will be proclaimed and praised throughout the entire earth, and we will live an eternity in peace and in worship of our creator God. There will be no more death, no more pain, and all evil, violence, destruction, and death will be wiped off the face of the earth. Until then, hold fast to the hope and the promise of our eternal God, who remains in control.
The following song, “I Adore You” as performed by the Brooklyn Tabernacle Choir, is a beautiful song that so wonderfully expresses why we should adore God, who is our creator, redeemer and sustainer. I hope this song blesses you today as much as it has me.