LifeLink Devotional

Wednesday, September 23, 2015

Clap your hands, all peoples!

Shout to God with loud songs of joy!

 For the LORD, the Most High, is to be feared, a great king over all the earth. 

He subdued peoples under us, and nations under our feet. 

He chose our heritage for us, the pride of Jacob whom he loves. Selah 

God has gone up with a shout, the LORD with the sound of a trumpet. 

Sing praises to God, sing praises!

Sing praises to our King, sing praises! 

For God is the King of all the earth; sing praises with a psalm! 

God reigns over the nations; God sits on his holy throne.  

The princes of the peoples gather as the people of the God of Abraham.

For the shields of the earth belong to God; he is highly exalted!                   Psalm 47:1-9

After the events of this morning, I have chosen my word for today to be convergence. The fundamental meaning of converge is to move toward one point and join together. That’s exactly what happened this morning as several individual circumstances converged at a single point and made a point.

Event #1 – I spent a few moments early this morning praying for a family going through a serious medical emergency. As I prayed, the Holy Spirit brought to my mind the promise of God that says  fear not, for I am with you; be not dismayed, for I am your God; I will strengthen you, I will help you, I will uphold you with my righteous right hand. (Isaiah 41:10) So I prayed that for the family, that they would know God’s abiding presence that controls all things according to His unfailing love. I prayed that they would recognize that the Lord reigns, and His purpose is being accomplished, as Psalm 57 says – Be merciful to me, O God, be merciful to me, for in you my soul takes refuge; in the shadow of your wings I will take refuge, till the storms of destruction pass by.  I cry out to God Most High, to God who fulfills his purpose for me.

Event #2 – After my morning workout, I opened up Facebook on my phone and the first post I saw was this from a pastor friend of mine. It is a quote from A.W. Tozer. God is not a railway porter who carries your suitcase and serves you. God is God. He made heaven and earth. He holds the world in His hand. He measures the dust of the earth in the balance. He spreads the sky out like a mantle. He is the great God Almighty. He is not your servant. He is your Father, and you are His child. He sits in heaven, and you are on the earth.

Event #3 – Two minutes after reading that post, I opened up my Bible on my phone to begin preparing my devotional thoughts, and turned to today’s Psalm – the 47th. As I read it I almost shouted out loud – OUR GOD REIGNS!

Convergence. Three events all meeting at one point to make a point – OUR GOD REIGNS!

In the midst of the most tragic of circumstances – OUR GOD REIGNS!

As we walk through the everyday events of life that can seem mundane and pointless – OUR GOD REIGNS!

Regardless of the political climate of our day and regardless of who claims to be in power – OUR GOD REIGNS!

Go ahead – say it out loud. OUR GOD REIGNS!

Clap your hands, all peoples!

Shout to God with loud songs of joy!


Pastor John