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“The LORD reigns, let the earth rejoice; let the many coastlands be glad! Clouds and thick darkness are all around him; righteousness and justice are the foundation of his throne.” ~Psalm 97:1-2

The LORD reigns!

Is this not a beautiful summary statement for the deepest core of Christian life and doctrine?

We live because he lives. We exist by him, through him, for him. We bear witness to the truth that he lives and reigns. We were saved that his name might be known among the nations and the spiritual rulers of the world through us, his church, all the congregation of the redeemed.

This is the heart of the gospel–that God reigns! If it were not for the fact that God is and that he reigns, being neither merely a part of the being of the universe, nor so removed from it as to be ignorant of it, what would the gospel be but another false teaching that does not give satisfying meaning to us or to our own place in the context of the whole fabric of the universe?

For if God is, he is God. If he is God, then he reigns. If he reigns, his are the standards of right and wrong. If he reigns, his is the word of judgment and of pardon. If he reigns, his is the purpose and plan for all of creation. If the purpose and plan for the universe is his, in this–and only in this–we may truly find our own purpose and meaning of our own lives and contexts.

Our Lord commissioned his church to proclaim the good news of the kingdom–what good news is this–that God, the merciful, everlasting, just, covenant-keeping God, reigns! Is this not one reason the Scriptures call the saints, “believers,” for they believe the testimony of the One who reigns from on high?

“Not to us, O LORD, not to us, but to your name give glory, for the sake of your steadfast love and your faithfulness! Why should the nations say, ‘Where is their God?’ Our God is in the heavens; he does all that he pleases.” ~Psalm 115:1-2