Can It Be? God Is Still On The Throne
Hi all – Firstly, thank God for our minister Paul who is very gracious, forgiving and patient as I should have done this a few weeks ago when I was supposed to be taking the evening service. Apologies and thanks Paul.
How are you all? Strange times! It strikes me daily what a time of uncertainty and change we are in. A time of worry and concern, not only for ourselves but for our loved ones, friends, our nation and our world. We see our governments and leaders floundering and struggling to know the right way forward and those things that are normally constant in our lives have become frail or temporarily removed. The painful reality of reduced fellowship and human contact are like a creeping dark cloak over our lives and minds, particularly for those living alone, and we have a situation that has not previously been experienced in our nation, even through times of war.
Personally, near the start of lockdown I became almost ill with worry, not so much for myself but more for my family’s health and the worst case ‘what ifs’, not helped by the constant barrage of fear and gloom via news media. It was then driving to work one morning (I’ve still been working throughout lockdown), that I heard the news reader try to end the news on some sort of high note but their voice noticeably struggling that it hit me how rubbish the situation was and I whispered “God, we really do need you”. Instantly I heard in my mind “I am; I am on the throne, I was on the throne and I will always be on the throne.” At that moment, the fear was broken in me: yes, I’m still concerned, but that dark grip of fear was broken in me. Praise God. Obviously, those words don’t just apply to me, but to you, our nation and our world. The reality and piercing truth that whatever happens there is one constant – God is on the throne, King of kings and Lord of lords, He was and is and is to come.
Let us hope and pray that in this time of trouble many eyes turn to him. We also need to keep our eyes fixed on Christ, like when Peter got out of the boat: he walked above the water until he looked at the storm and waves rather than at Jesus. In the same vain let us ration our news and media watching and increase our time in His Word. Which also stands, yesterday, today and forever. Isaiah 40 v 8 says “The grass withers and the flowers fade, but the word of our God stands forever.”
During this time of non-fellowship, I’ve been blessed to watch church services from around the world via the internet, including South Africa, Indonesia, Australia and Israel amongst others that I couldn’t exactly work out. Many are pre-recorded but it is a blessing and joy to see the Lord’s name praised throughout the earth. It gives a great feeling of not being alone as we seek him. Alone in some ways but surrounded by thousands in others. Of course, with God we never ever walk alone (no Liverpool FC pun intended), but it is truly great to see every nation, colour and ethnic background worship together the one true God.
I’m reminded as I write this by a minister in Indonesia of the character of God and it strikes me how relevant this it right now in our lives, nation and world:
- Jehovah Jireh (Gen 22:14) “The Lord will provide a sacrifice”
- Jehovah Rapha (Exodus 15:26) “The Lord our Healer”
- Jehovah Nissi (Exodus 17:15) “The Lord our Banner”
- Jehovah Shalom (Judges 6:24) “The Lord our Peace”
- Jehovah Raah (Psalms 23:1) “The Lord our Shepherd”
- Jehovah Tsidkenu (Jeremiah 23:6) “The Lord our Righteousness”
- Jehovah Shammah (Ezekiel 48:35) “The Lord is Present”
May the Lord bless you and keep you, and hope to see you all soon,
I leave you with words to a simple song:
Worthy is the Lamb who was slain Holy, holy is Thee Sing a new song to Him who sits on Heaven's mercy seat Holy, holy, holy is the Lord God Almighty Who was and is and is to come With all creation I sing praise to the King of kings You are my everything and I will adore You Clothed in rainbows of living colour Flashes of lighting, rolls of thunder Blessing and honour, strength and glory and power be To You the only one who's King Holy, holy, holy is the Lord God Almighty Who was and is and is to come With all creation I sing praise to the King of kings You are my everything and I will adore You Filled with wonder, awestruck wonder At the mention of Your name Jesus Your name is power, breath and living water Such a marvellous mystery Holy, holy, holy is the Lord God Almighty Who was and is and is to come With all creation I sing praise to the King of kings You are my everything and I will adore You, I will adore You Source: LyricFind Songwriters: Jennie Lee Riddle Revelation Song lyrics © Capitol Christian Music Group