Title: “Rejoicing Heart, Comfort for the Soul”
“The Lord hath prepared His throne in the heavens; and His Kingdom ruleth over all.”
I believe nothing rejoices and comforts the heart more than the doctrine of God’s sovereignty. When we rest in Christ and His work of redemption for us, we are at peace. He has accomplished everything in order that we have life and have it more abundantly and He has supplied ALL of the gifts to live a life of faith, godliness, joy and peace. Trusting Him and His sovereign plan for our lives is worship and humility. It is bowing down to a Sovereign Lord and King. It is faith and trust in Him, who alone controls all. He asks us to love Him — to love Him is to keep His commandments (John 14:15) which He tells us are “not grievous” (I John 5:3). Isn’t this a marvelous and wonderful doctrine?
Look to these verses:
“The preparations of the heart in man, and the answer of the tongue, is from the LORD.” Proverbs 16:1
“A man’s heart deviseth his way: but the LORD directeth his steps.” Proverbs 16:9
“The lot is cast into the lap; but the whole disposing thereof is of the LORD.” Proverbs 16:31
Are they not a comfort to your soul? I believe they are and know that you will rest in Christ as you read them and know He, the great and mighty God, Creator and Saviour is directing your life for your good and His glory.
Now, look to these words of encouragement:
“I. God the great Creator of all things doth uphold, direct, dispose, and govern all creatures, actions, and things, from the greatest even to the least, by his most wise and holy providence, according to his infallible foreknowledge, and the free and immutable counsel of his own will, to the praise of the glory of his wisdom, power, justice, goodness, and mercy. II. Although, in relation to the foreknowledge and decree of God, the first Cause, all things come to pass immutably, and infallibly; yet, by the same providence, he ordereth them to fall out, according to the nature of second causes, either necessarily, freely, or contingently. III. God, in his ordinary providence, maketh use of means, yet is free to work without, above, and against them, at his pleasure.” WCF, Chapter V, I-III
“If I admit that God’s Will regulates the great movements of the universe I must admit that it equally regulates the small. It must do this, for the great depend upon the small. The minutest movement of my will is regulated by the will of God. And in this I rejoice. Woe is me if it be not so. The more I understand of the character of God, as revealed in Scripture, the more shall I see that He must be sovereign, and the more shall I rejoice from my inmost heart that He is so.” (Horatius Bonar)
and meditate on His Word…
“Bless the LORD, O my soul, and all that is within me, bless his holy name! Bless the LORD, O my soul, and forget not all his benefits, who forgives all your iniquity, who heals all your diseases, who redeems your life from the pit, who crowns you with steadfast love and mercy, who satisfies you with good so that your youth is renewed like the eagle’s. The LORD works righteousness and justice for all who are oppressed. He made known his ways to Moses, his acts to the people of Israel. The LORD is merciful and gracious, slow to anger and abounding in steadfast love. He will not always chide, nor will he keep his anger forever. He does not deal with us according to our sins, nor repay us according to our iniquities. For as high as the heavens are above the earth, so great is his steadfast love toward those who fear him; as far as the east is from the west, so far does he remove our transgressions from us. As a father shows compassion to his children, so the LORD shows compassion to those who fear him. For he knows our frame; he remembers that we are dust. As for man, his days are like grass; he flourishes like a flower of the field; for the wind passes over it, and it is gone, and its place knows it no more. But the steadfast love of the LORD is from everlasting to everlasting on those who fear him, and his righteousness to children’s children, to those who keep his covenant and remember to do his commandments. The LORD has established his throne in the heavens, and his kingdom rules over all. Bless the LORD, O you his angels, you mighty ones who do his word, obeying the voice of his word! Bless the LORD, all his hosts, his ministers, who do his will! Bless the LORD, all his works, in all places of his dominion. Bless the LORD, O my soul!
Rejoice in your Sovereign Lord today dear friend!
“For of Him, and through Him, and to Him, are all things to whom be glory forever. Amen.” Romans 11:36
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