LECTIONARY MONDAY The Lord Reigns

Psalm 93

1 The LORD reigns; he is robed in majesty; the LORD is robed; he has put on strength as his belt. Yes, the world is established; it shall never be moved.
2 Your throne is established from of old; you are from everlasting.
3 The floods have lifted up, O LORD, the floods have lifted up their voice; the floods lift up their roaring.
4 Mightier than the thunders of many waters, mightier than the waves of the sea, the LORD on high is mighty!
5 Your decrees are very trustworthy; holiness befits your house, O LORD, forevermore. (ESV)

“The Lord reigns.” יְהוָה מָלָך He is sovereign. He rules. The world is his. The world, the cosmos, is his.

What does this mean for us? It is is easy to despair. I come back to that fact again and again because it is true. The flood washes around us, encompasses us, carries us aloft and takes us places we don’t want to go. We are no longer in control, the flood is. It even threatens to drown us, this flood, as it carries us away.

And some … it does drown.

But no matter how cast adrift, no matter how threatened we are, no matter the tide and the rush and the wet and the power in those waves, the Lord is sovereign, is master, over even this. These waters speak and shout and roar their power — their power to submerge, to carry away, to reshape, to inundate, to drown, to destroy — but this Lord who is enthroned, he is master even of these waters.

Even of this power.

It may not answer to the Lord, but it will never overcome him. Never overcome the one enthroned, enrobed, who sits over the world and is mightier than all the terror and confusion the waters can muster.

The Lord reigns. And the Earth, no matter how flooded, shall never be moved.

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