Psalm 93 - God Is In Control
Psalm 93:1-5 NIV
This psalm was most likely written when many nations were facing a major calamity.
The Psalmist could have written this psalm after the disaster was averted or even right in the midst of it. As we are going through a worldwide crisis brought about by Covid-19, we may wonder God’s purpose for allowing disasters. But we can have faith in God and trust that all will be well as God is in control.
The Lord reigns, He is robed in majesty; the Lord is robed in majesty and is armed with strength. The world is firmly established; it cannot be moved.
The Psalmist started by praising God despite the disaster. No one can move or change what He has firmly established, as He is in absolute control. Shouldn’t we praise God knowing how majestic and powerful He is?
Your throne was established long ago; you are from all eternity.
Every generation feels proud of themselves, knowing they were more advanced than generations before. The Psalmist’s generation must have felt the same too. It has only been a couple of thousand years since their time, and we know how much more advanced we have become, especially in the fields of science and technology. We think we are at the apex of the world.
But God’s throne was established since ages past and beyond. God was present even before He created time, and thus He was “from all eternity”.
The virus crisis we face today will be over in a few months, and the economic repercussions in a couple of years. We have learnt from history how deadlier plagues and disasters have been overcome. They are merely small black dots in humanity’s millennia of history. And they are nothing compared to God’s eternity.
What’s most important for us to know, is that the house Jesus has prepared for us will last forever. We will dwell in God’s glory for eternity.
The seas have lifted up, O Lord, the seas have lifted up their voice; the seas have lifted up their pounding waves.
Mightier than the thunder of the great waters, mightier than the breakers of the sea — the Lord on high is mighty.
The Psalmist could have literally described the severe storms that struck them, or used the waves as figurative language for the troubles he faced. When we think about how a tsunami can lay waste to millions of homes and lives, we can only imagine how tremendous and scary that power is. But the Psalmist knew that God is mightier than the power of the ocean.
As Christians, we should trust in God and His faithfulness to His words. He will deliver us from every crisis, including the biggest we will ever face — eternal condemnation. God has promised the world salvation but the world is more concerned about everything else but their salvation.
Your statutes stand firm; holiness adorns your house for endless days, O Lord.
The Psalmist ended his psalm praising God’s words. His words will stand firm, and His holiness will be what beautifies heaven.
The pandemic has brought about a myriad of uncertainties. The world as we know it will change, and there is so much to be insecure about. But knowing that God’s words will stand firm through all times give us something solid to hold on to. His house is strong, His power is unparalleled, and His love for us is unchanging. As the whole world trembles and tumbles, we can hold on to God’s steadfast promises.
It sometimes takes a crisis to turn our eyes away from the world, and focus our hearts on God. Let’s set our eyes on Him, for He has promised us His everlasting house. He loves us deeply.
Andy is the head of compliance for an international bank and is happily married, with three daughters. He became a disciple of Christ three decades ago, and studies God's Word passionately. He desires to be constantly led by the Spirit. Andy joined the Central Christian Church in 1990.