The Sovereign King
Bible Passage: 1 Chronicles 17:16-21
Introduction: We thank God for preserving us for the last eight months of 2015. We praise Him forever because He alone is in control of times and seasons. He sets up kings and removes them, Daniel 2:21
The glory of the Almighty God is awesome, and can be frightening, Ex.40:34; 1 Kgs.8:11; Ex.24:17. This is aptly demonstrated in the experience of Israel. His glory has indescribable supernatural blinding brightness, Lk.2:9, it is beautiful for all situations and, the joy of the whole world, Ps.48:1-2, when accompanied with sound or words it is thunderous, Ps.18:3, His glory is celebrated by the heavens, Ps.19:1, Ps.18:10, it is full of splendour, majesty, strength, beauty, righteousness and judgement, Ps.96:6; Ps.97:2-3, decorated with gold and the earth is no more than its footstool, marked out with unadulterated holiness, Is.6:3; Rev.4:1-11.
He is the Almighty, The I Am That I Am, Jehovah Jireh (Our Provider), Jehovah Nissi (Our Banner), Jehovah Tsidkenu (Our righteousness), Jehovah Rapha (Our Healer), Jehovah Mekkaddiskem (Our sanctifier), Jehovah Shammah (The Lord that is present), Jehovah Rohi (Our Shepherd), Jehovah Shalom (Our Peace), Jehovah El-Shaddai (More than sufficient), Gen.17:1; Ex.3:14; Gen.22:14; Ex.17:15; Jer.33:16; Jer.23:6; Ex.15:26; Ex.31:13; Lev.20:8; Ps.23:1; Judg.6:24.
He is Jesus, the Name above all names, Alpha and Omega, The Bread of life, The great Physician, the Hope of glory, The Redeemer, The Prince of peace, Amen, Rose of Sharon, Lord of lords, The Judge of the living and the dead, First and the Last, The Truth, The Word of God, The Advocate, The Head of the Church, Phil.2:9-12; Rev.22:13; Jn.6:35; Lk.4:23; 2 Pet.2:20; Col.1:27; Is.59:20; Is.9:6; Rev.3:14; Songs 2:1; 1 Tim.6:15; Jn.14:6.
Conclusion: For great is the LORD, and greatly to be praised: he also is to be feared above all gods. We pray that He will teach us to number our days, discern the seasons and apply our hearts to wisdom in the mighty name of Jesus. 1 Chro. 16:25, Ps. 95:3, Ps. 97:9, Dan. 2:47, Col. 1:17-19.