Psalm 46 – Who Rules The World 

He makes wars cease to the end of the earth; he breaks the bow and shatters the spear; he burns the chariots with fire. (Psalms 46:9 ESV) 

Some think it’s money, some think it’s girls, some believe it belongs to the man. It’s thinking like that which gets folks up in arms looking to get their side to dominate. 

A reading of history is about the rise and fall of efforts to run  the joint. All in their own way a rejection of the true Sovereign  of the universe. In their own way it is their way of suggesting they should be in complete control. Efforts leading to skirmishes, turmoil and disarray. 

For those who know who the true Sovereign is, there is a hiding place, there is a city that won’t crumble as others go by the wayside. This place of safety is not a cocoon that leaves us unfeeling to what else is going on. It is a place to appreciate God for who He is and what He ushers in as we follow Him. Namely a rule where we will study war no more. 

For His Name’s Sake 

Shalom 

C. L. J. Dryden 

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Psalm 33 – Get Some Perspective

It is an incredibly self-centred world we can live in. The immediacy and urgency of the now in me and the needs that drive me from outside and within can allow perspective to be very small. changes take place that appear to put me at a disadvantage while others who don’t share my beliefs are prospering. They are doing well on the surface and others are getting crushed in the meantime.

Just a little beyond me changes are taking place in the world leading to a lot of people having concerns and anxieties about how the world is turning out. It looks as though things are spiralling out of control and no one seems to be there to do anything about it.

Once you get a different perspective on things it can change everything including the response to the seemingly bad things. Once you take a few steps away and get an elevated look on things, it’s not that the evil isn’t there, it’s that it’s put in its proper place.

That’s why Psalms like the 33rd one are so important. We can praise him with the instruments and celebrate Him and desire to get closer to Him, because He gives some indication of a better perspective on things. That perspective comes with trust and experience. That perspective comes with trusting His character and seeing Him come through on the small and large scale.

The sovereignty of God is what’s celebrated in this Psalm and that perspective on Him being sovereign should influence and shape how we see what we see. Blessed folks who can live with a great reduction in anxiety are those who trust in the God who is sovereign.

They may think they have won the day in their ruling, but God will show who really rules and overrules in the affairs of man.

For His Name’s Sake

Shalom

C. L. J. Dryden

Psalm 2 – Conspire or Devote

I have an older sister. When we were children, she was bigger and stronger than me. This was evident time and again whenever there was a battle between us. I am sure my parents were amused at my efforts at getting one over on her. It was an act in futility. It would have made more sense for me to acknowledge that rather than plot and scheme and devise ways to finally vanquish she who would be vanquished.

The Almighty God. Some don’t believe in him and are not bothered about it. Others, however, seem to not just actively suggest he does not exist, but make it their point of duty to rail against those who believe He does. It would be odd behaviour, if it wasn’t for the fact there’s precedent. Precedent for those who make it their thing to conspire against the Lord and against His Anointed One.

They looked to quiet Him by looking to kill Him. They looked to quiet Him by then looking to shut up those who followed in His way. They sought to utilise different strategies and methods to defeat the inevitable. Yet every effort that has been made from outright violent opposition and persecution to more sophisticated efforts at destabilisting from within and systematic neutralising in political ideologies have all done nothing to alter the inevitable.

Exactly because it is inevitable.

The King has been established. He has all authority in heaven and on earth. He defeated death, sin and the devil. The way He did it as well confounds all those awaiting a military aggression. If these significant forces have been defeated, why do others still look to conspire against Him and those who follow Him? Why conduct the exercise in futility?

Yet for many of those who follow and believe, those exercises in futility can appear threatening. Pressure to compromise the faith on every hand. Unpopular portrayals of the faith blended in with the occasional puff piece on a positive thing done by those of the faith. Standards and decisions taken that oppose the faith in places of influence and earthly governance. Cultural pressures to conform to ungodly practices and ideas seen as the norm and the way to go and anything opposing that considered intolerant and unacceptable to civilised society.

The thing is, though, all of these types of opposition are destined to join the devil, death and sin in crushing defeat.

That’s a good reason to consider the reality of the Almighty. Not out of fear of what He will do to those who oppose Him, but to genuinely look at Him for who He is and see how it’s so much better to be devoted to Him than oppose Him. Consider what it is to be devoted to the one in whom you can find true refuge from the storms of life. Consider what it is to be devoted to the one who blesses those who find their refuge in Him.

That degree of devotion to Him then puts you in a position of safety is something worth pondering on. Even when you find yourself facing opposition, there is the knowledge that you have the backing and security of the One who inevitably rules over all.

For His Name’s Sake

Shalom

C. L. J. Dryden