The Lord Almighty reigns
After the terrible Boxing Day tsunami of 2004, I wrote a song called ‘The Lord Almighty reigns’.
As you might imagine, it is about trusting God and His sovereignty through even the most challenging of situations. With all that is happening in the world at this time, I thought it would be good to declare this again. I invited my friends Carla Jane and Bill Risby to lend their incredible talents to this new recording, posted in the Songs section. I do hope the declarations of faith in these lyrics are helpful to you.
I just wanted to take a moment to remind us of some of the promises in Scripture that inspired the song.
Deuteronomy 7:9 tells us to “know that the Lord your God is God; He is the faithful God, keeping His covenant of love to a thousand generations of those who love Him and keep His commandments”, while Psalm 47:8 declares that “God reigns over the nations; God is seated on His holy throne.”
In Psalm 18:2 we are encouraged that “the Lord is my rock, my fortress and my deliverer; my God is my rock, in whom I take refuge, my shield and the horn of my salvation, my stronghold” and in Hebrews 6:19 we are reminded that we have this hope “as an anchor for the soul, firm and secure.”
The pressures we are facing in this season are all different. You may be at home with little ones or trying to homeschool bigger ones and at the same time hold down your job. You may feel isolated if you live alone. We have a teenager going through final exams at school, and elderly parents living with us who we need to keep safe. It is understandable to feel overwhelmed at times. On our daily dog walks, Miles and I are praying for different ones in different situations, but often with a common thread that we will all be able to see the bigger picture, to find resilience and perseverance, and to be strengthened in our inner beings.
We are familiar with the cry of Psalm 121: “I lift my eyes to the mountains – where does my help come from?” which answers its own question: “My help comes from the Lord, the Maker of heaven and earth.”
Can we encourage you to keep pressing through, to “put on the full armour of God, so that when the day of evil comes, you may be able to stand your ground, and after you have done everything, to stand” (Ephesians 6:13).
Finally, know that God is sovereign over it all. He is still working in our lives, He is still hearing our prayers and answering according to His will. He is our hope and our anchor. Let’s let our praise be faith expressed, and lived out.
“Now to Him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to His power that is at work in us, to Him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations, for ever and ever! Amen.” (Ephesians 3:20-21)
© Kate Simmonds 2021