Episode 108: Let us rejoice and be glad  

November 10, 2023Dave Lambert
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When I became a Christian in the early 1970's, the church I attended sang many songs that were passages of scripture set to music. This kind of music was very popular at the time and I still recommend it—we learned a lot of scripture that way! Today's passage was one of those passages and I can still hear the song in my mind. I'm sure that many people who came to Christ in that era can hear it too. Let's listen to the verses that created that song, which are found in the Book of Revelation: 

Hallelujah! For the Lord our God the Almighty reigns! Let us rejoice and be glad and give the glory unto Him! (Revelation 19:6-7b) 

I recently read this comment from my friend Jim Newsom: "God is not sometimes sovereign. He is not occasionally victorious. He does not occupy the throne one day and vacate it the next. There are seasons in which we find ourselves that may puzzle us, but they do not bewilder God. He can and will use them for his purposes." I like it! God doesn't come into power and then go out of power. He is the hot, bright center of power in the universe in which we live. When I read Jim's comment, I thought of today's passage. God is always sovereign. He is always in charge. Have you ever felt like God was nowhere to be found when you were going through a difficult time? Let me say this as clearly as possible: that feeling is completely false. You and I cannot trust our feelings about God; we must trust what the Bible tells us about Him and the Bible tells us that God is always the reigning sovereign Ruler of His universe.  

Today, you may find yourself in a difficult situation. If you are looking around and cannot see God anywhere in it, let me encourage you to embrace and proclaim today's passage. Acknowledge God as your King. Rejoice! Give God glory! Say, “Hallelujah! The Lord our God the Almighty reigns.” And that's always very Good News! 

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