Sweet Sovereignty

The Lord will fulfill his purpose for me;
your steadfast love, O Lord, endures forever.
Do not forsake the work of your hands. – Psalm 138:8

You know those times when a verse just leaps off the page and hits you between the eyeballs?   This morning was one of those times and it’s still throbbing.  I remember struggling to understand and to come to grips with God’s sovereignty in full, but I can scarcely remember why.  The sweetness and comfort it has afforded me have rubbed off the sharp corners and swelled my heart to three times it’s size.  In this one verse I am comforted in at least 4 ways:

1. The purposes of the Lord are NEVER thwarted.  He will accomplish all his holy will.  Fighting this is vanity and madness.

2. He has a purpose for me; and He will be the one to carry it out.  I need not guess and fret.

3. My love is fickle and fleeting.  His love is steadfast and forever.  He will do the keeping and the finishing of my soul.

4. I am the work of his hands.   I can pray for myself on the basis of his own glory; and he will glorify himself.

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