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"The Lord Reigneth!"
1 "The LORD reigneth, he is clothed with majesty; the LORD is clothed with strength, wherewith he hath girded himself: the world also is stablished, that it cannot be moved."
2 "Thy throne is established of old: thou art from everlasting."
I. The Lord Reigns: The LORD reigneth.
Whatever opposition may arise, His throne is unmoved; He has reigned, does reign, and will reign forever and ever. Whatever turmoil and rebellion there may be beneath the clouds, the eternal King sits above all in supreme serenity; and everywhere and in every circumstance, He is Lord and Master. All things are ordered according to his eternal purposes, and His will is done without question, without hesitation and without opposition.
Then the LORD answered Job out of the whirlwind...
Where wast thou when I laid the foundations of the earth?
Who hath laid the measures thereof, if thou knowest? or who hath stretched the line upon it?
Or who shut up the sea with doors, when it brake forth...
And brake up for it my decreed place, and set bars and doors,
And said, Hitherto shalt thou come, but no further: and here shall thy proud waves be stayed?
Hast thou commanded the morning since thy days; and caused the dayspring to know his place;
Hast thou entered into the springs of the sea?
Have the gates of death been opened unto thee? or hast thou seen the doors of the shadow of death?
Where is the way where light dwelleth? and as for darkness, where is the place thereof,
Hast thou entered into the treasures of the snow? or hast thou seen the treasures of the hail?
By what way is the light parted?
Canst thou bind the sweet influences of Pleiades, or loose the bands of Orion?
Canst thou bring forth Mazzaroth (a constellation) in his season? or canst thou guide Arcturus (a bright star) with his sons?
Knowest thou the ordinances of heaven?
— From Job chapter 38
II. The Lord Reigns Gloriously: he is clothed with majesty:
He is clothed with majesty, not with emblems of majesty like as men who adorn themselves robes and crowns, but with majesty itself: everything which surrounds him is majestic. His is not the semblance but the reality of sovereignty. In nature, providence, and salvation the Lord is infinite in majesty.
...O LORD my God, thou art very great; thou art clothed with honour and majesty. Who coverest thyself with light as with a garment... Psalms 104:1-2
III. The Lord Reigns in Great Power: the LORD is clothed with strength.
His garments of glory are not His only array, He wears strength also as his girdle. He is always strong, but sometimes He displays His power in a special manner, and may therefore be said to be clothed with it, but yet there are seasons when He reveals His glory, and so wears His majesty, or shows Himself in it.
So shall my word be that goeth forth out of my mouth: it shall not return unto me void, but it shall accomplish that which I please, and it shall prosper in the thing whereto I sent it. Isaiah 55:11
IV. The Lord Girds Himself: wherewith he hath girded himself.
To gird yourself means to prepare or get ready. It's usually used in a military context, such as "gird yourself for battle. As men gird up their loins for running or working, so the Lord is girt about with His Omnipotence (unlimited power). Strength always dwells in the Lord God, but He hides His power in certain seasons, until, in answer to His children's cries, He puts on strength, assumes the throne, and defends His own.
V. The Lord Establishes His Creation: the world also is stablished, that it cannot be moved.
Because God reigns, the terrestrial things are stable. "And he is before all things, and by him all things consist". Colossians 1:17. We could not be sure of nothing if we were not sure that He has total dominion. When He withdraws His manifest presence from among men all, things become out of order, such will be the time of the tribulation, but when His divine power and glory are manifested, order is restored. The globe itself would fly through space if the Lord did not hold it in its appointed orbit. That there is any stability, either in the world or in the Church, is the Lord's doings, and He is to be adored for it.
VI. His Throne is Eternal: Thy throne is established of old.
Before time was, God's throne was established. We often hear of ancient dynasties, but what are they when compared with the God's eternal throne? They are as dust in the wind, born an instant ago and gone as soon as seen?
VII. The Lord Reigns Eternally: Thou art from everlasting.
The Lord himself is eternal. Let the believer rejoice that the government under which he dwells has an immortal ruler at its head, has existed from all eternity and will flourish when all created things shall have for ever passed away. Vain are the rebellions of mortal men, the kingdom of God is not shaken nor even blinks at the rage of men.
Outside of time. Story of eternity, globe of steel, robin flies by once a year and brushes his wing on the globe. Once wore out, time in eternity has not moved.
The Kingdom of God continues because of its Head, Christ is pure and righteous.
All other governments fail because they are corrupt at the very source of leadership.
The Lord Reigneth!