God Is Sovereign

Read: Psalm 33:6-22

The counsel of the Lord stands forever, the plans of his heart to all generations. (v. 11)

In Disney’s animated film The Lion King, Mufasa—the great king of the lions—tells his son, Simba, that “everything the light touches is our kingdom.” Simba is impressed by the vast area over which his father rules and understands that one day he will reign. He will be the “sovereign” who rules over the pride by reason of his strength and superiority over all the other animals.

We have said that God’s omnipotence gives him infinite power to do whatever he wills, and this naturally leads to a discussion of his sovereignty. The Lord is king over all of his creation! Psalm 33 makes it clear that he rules over all things—including us. He spoke the world into being and looks down upon humanity from his throne (vv. 9, 14). His plans for the earth and its inhabitants will come to pass despite what nations or armies may attempt to do. He determines the outcome of wars—not kings or warriors or military strength. His people trust and wait on him because we know that he alone is sovereign, and he alone can save. His plans stand firm forever.

God is large and in charge. And we are not. We may not know what lies ahead in our future, but God knows, and he promises steadfast love for his people—“he is our help and our shield” (v. 20). Our hope is always in him. —Laura N. Sweet

As you pray, ask God to help you to wait and to hope in him.

About the Author

Laura N. Sweet is a wife, mother, grandmother, and former Christian schoolteacher from Midland, Michigan. She writes devotional material for both adults and children, and her work has appeared in more than a dozen publications.

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