March 30th, 2021 – Tuesday Early Evening
“The LORD has established His throne in heaven,
And His kingdom rules over all.
Bless the LORD, you His angels,
Who excel in strength, who do His word,
Heeding the voice of His word.
Bless the LORD, all you His hosts,
You ministers of His, who do His pleasure.
Bless the LORD, all His works,
In all places of His dominion.
Bless the LORD, O my soul!” ~Psalm 103:19-22
Don’t think for a moment that your life is insignificant and pointless; conversely, do not operate from the viewpoint that the sun rises and sets because of your own preeminence. Not only are both of these extremes foolish and illogical, they also lack the understanding that God is sovereign. How is that, pray tell? Let me explain what I am driving at…
This passage comes at the end of Psalm 103; this psalm of David is filled with praise for the Lord and examples of why He is worthy of it. This particular section is no exception – The LORD has established (or set up) His throne (or authority) over everything that exists; therefore, all that exists exists for His glory. In other words, God’s sovereign rule is over everything and everyone; because of this, everything and everyone has a purpose and a significance derived directly from Him. How do we find our purpose and how do we experience full significance? Well, look at the repeated exhortation in the these verses: “Bless the LORD, bless the LORD, bless the LORD, bless the LORD.” Our true purpose is found in kneeling (blessing) before the LORD and rightly acknowledging His praise. This leads to the true significance that we long for, yet that which only He can give.
Look at the Good News of this season. We, who are without hope and purpose in our self-centered, sin-stricken insignificance, are offered rescue and redemption through the broken human body of the One who established His sovereign rule over all that exists. Jesus, the only true God and perfect man, obediently journeyed to the cross because His Father’s love for you and me. We, so undeserving and incapable, are loved by Him who is exceedingly abundantly able to accomplish His perfect purpose for us, in us, and through us. We, so hopeless and insignificant on our own, find absolute and intimate worth, value, and hope when we are forgiven, adopted, and indwelt by Him. Furthermore, we are given purpose and significance that is right in-line with Psalm 103. Check this out: “For we are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand so that we would walk in them.” ~Ephesians 2:10
Remember who you were and whose you are now; don’t forget the hopeless and insignificant place where you were, but live in the light of the glory of the Gospel. Join with the angels, the heavenly armies, and all of creation in praise-filled submission to the King of all! He is worthy, He is good, He is sovereign, He is merciful and gracious, and He has given us such purpose and significance in Christ. Thank You, Father!
Bless the LORD, O my soul!