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ho will hold power? Who will be  at enmity with God, rise higher and higher.
                 in control? Who will shape the  But “above” them all, untouched, “the
        Wfuture of the nation? What laws  Lord sits enthroned in majesty” (v4). Their
        might be altered or passed? Questions like  wicked purposes will never overthrow nor
        these may have permeated the mind of the  thwart His purposes. The Lord reigns.
        composer of Psalm 93. Although we don’t   Third,  God’s  laws  are  unchangeable.
        know its author nor are we given a title,   Changes in earthly administrations bring
        moved by circumstances and, more impor-  with them new laws and alterations or
        tantly, the Holy Spirit, the psalmist begins   repeals to existing laws, and we adjust as
        with the most stabilizing truth we could   best we can. But the psalmist reminds us
        ever ponder – “The Lord Reigns” (v1).   that God’s “royal laws cannot be changed”
        Monarchies, oligarchies and dictatorships   (v5 NLT). We can always look to God’s
        are no exception to this absolute truth.   Word and know exactly what He expects
        Neither are democracies and republics.   from us no matter who wields the scepter
        Even where anarchy exists in this world,   of earthly power.
        it still holds true that “The Lord Reigns.”  Finally, this world is immovable, unless
          The psalmist looks behind the curtain  the Lord decides to move it. “Indeed, the
        of chaotic and unpredictable world events  world is established, it cannot be moved”
        and encourages us with at least four assur-  (v1). The Lord reigns and the world itself
        ances, which are true no matter what year  is in His hand. This truth was expressed
        it is (yes, even 2020) or where we happen  well by another anonymous song writer,
        to live.                             a slave who penned the classic, “He’s Got
          First, God’s reign is eternal. “Your throne  the Whole World in His Hands.” The title
        has been secure from ancient times; you  and lyrics demonstrate a remarkable out-
        have always been king” (v2).   The psalm-  look by someone who experienced more
        ist not only looks backward to the Lord’s  turmoil, suffering and loss than most of us
        reign, but the last word of the psalm  ever will. He had no control over his future,
        (“forever”) reminds us that He has always  knowing he could be sold, separated from
        ruled and always will. No matter who sits  friends and family, or beaten without pen-
        in power on earth, “the Most High is ruler  alty, all while living under unjust laws. Yet
        over human kingdoms” (Dan 4:25). The  somehow, this songwriter, like the psalm-
        Lord reigns.                         ist, believed “the Lord reigns.” They both
          Second, God’s power is incomparable. “He  believed it because it was, and always will
        wears strength around his waist” (v1) indi-  be, true.
        cates that His power undergirds His rule.   The choice and appointment of earthly
        The surging and destructive flood waters  leaders both now and in the future are sure
        (vv3-4), perhaps symbolic of hostile nations  to disappoint us. But we can always say,
        ¹ All Scripture quotations in this article are from   “The Lord reigns! Let the earth be happy!”
        the NET unless otherwise noted.      (Psa 97:1).

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