"The LORD reigns...Your throne is established from of old; you are from everlasting." This Psalm proclaims the eternal majestic power and might of the LORD's kingdom.
In 1 Chronicles 29:10-13 David provides this description of His kingdom, "Blessed are you, O LORD, the God of Israel our father, forever and ever. Yours, O LORD, is the greatness and the power and the glory and the victory and majesty, for all that is in the heavens and in the earth are yours. Yours is the kingdom, O LORD, and you are exalted as head above all. Both riches and honor come from you, and you rule over all. In your hand are power and might, and in your hand it is to make great and to give strength to all. And now we thank you, our God and praise your glorious name."
Each of today's four passages addresses the subject of the LORD God's rule and reign.
Deuteronomy 9 describes the LORD God of Israel as a consuming fire who drives out nations greater and mightier than Israel to provide them a home. He does this not because of their righteousness but to fulfill the promise he made to their forefathers. Moses says the people have been rebellious against the LORD from the beginning, but God will give them the land of promise as a display of His great power and proof of His ability to establish and destroy kingdoms.
In Isaiah 37 Sennacherib, the king of Assyria, lists all the nations that have fallen to him and asks why Judah should be any different. Israel, the ten northern tribes, had already been defeated by Assyria, why should the two smaller tribes of Judah receive a different result. But God told Hezekiah not to worry. He put a spirit in Sennacherib to direct him back to his land to die there by the sword. Verses 22-29 give us what God had to say to Sennacherib. After the Lord repeats Sennacherib's boast of all he had accomplished, God asks "Have you not heard that I determined it long ago? I planned from days of old what I now bring to pass...I will put my hook in your nose and my bit in your mouth." The LORD God of Israel reigns and rules. It may seem those nations like Assyria and kings like Sennacherib have power and authority, but it is theirs only by the hand of the One who rules over all.
Revelation 7 provides a picture of the rule and reign of the one who sits on the throne and the Lamb. A great multitude from every nation, from all tribes and peoples and languages crying out "Salvation belongs to our God who sits on the throne, and to the Lamb." In addition to this multitude are all the angels and the elders and the four living creatures, who fall on their faces before the throne and worship God saying, "Amen! Blessing and glory and wisdom and thanksgiving and honor and power and might be to our God forever and ever! Amen."
The Sovereign Lord, holy and true reigns and rules. May we rejoice in Him now as our Sovereign King—a part of the remnant of the house of Judah, the band of survivors out of the Mount of Zion who swells to the great multitude that worships around the everlasting throne of the Sovereign LORD.