Read Psalm 93
1 The Lord reigns, he is robed in majesty;
the Lord is robed in majesty and armed with strength;
indeed, the world is established, firm and secure.
2 Your throne was established long ago;
you are from all eternity.
3 The seas have lifted up, Lord,
the seas have lifted up their voice;
the seas have lifted up their pounding waves.
4 Mightier than the thunder of the great waters,
mightier than the breakers of the sea—
the Lord on high is mighty.
5 Your statutes, Lord, stand firm;
holiness adorns your house
for endless days.
Although a short chapter, Psalm 93 is a case for trusting God and for building our lives upon His authority. Meditating on this passage can convict us, but it can also bolster our confidence in God.
We live in a very dynamic culture. Our sense of morality has changed drastically in the past decade, and it will continue to change with time. Our modern culture attempts to tell us that truth is relative, or that only parts of the Bible are true, and that modern concepts of morality are so much more advanced than anything in the Bible. Oftentimes, we can begin to buy into what culture is telling us without even realizing that it is slowly chipping away at our relationship with God. We can start to care more about what culture or society says about us, rather than what God says about us. We can disregard parts of the Bible that modern culture condemns, instead of asking God for His revelation and understanding of His Word. We can make our decisions based on worldly counsel, rather than consulting God first. Again, Psalm 93 makes a case for trusting God and for placing our lives under His authority, rather than under the authority of culture.
The first few verses describe who God is. He is robed in majesty—the embodiment of integrity, uprightness, and dignity. His belt is of strength—he does not waver or change. This is particularly important for the next verses, which clarify that God’s throne is established and eternal. His character is unchanging. His words are irrevocable. Floods may rise up, and our culture may change like waves in the sea (v. 3), but our God is mighty and His word is established (v. 4). This chapter concludes with the line, “Your decrees are very trustworthy.” Even though everything around us changes, God’s character and rule are unchanging and will never be outdated or irrelevant.
If we truly believe that God has not changed throughout history, and that He is mightier than any storm or whim, we must approach our lives differently. In Matthew 7:24-27, Jesus tells a story about people who build their houses on the rock or on the sand. When the waves and storms come, the house built on sand is washed away, while the house built on the rock remains. If we live under God’s rule and His alone, we can live confidently, boldly, and with clarity and purpose. If we choose to listen to culture, we build our lives on the sand. Popular opinion will then shape our concept of morality and our lives, leading to anxiety, emptiness, and the meaningless pursuit of some undefined end. Abandon the rule of culture—seek refuge, security, and purpose in our Father, who cares for us and will never change.
- Where in your life do you live according to culture’s rules rather than God’s rules?
- How can you submit to God’s leadership in your life today?
- What are some ways that God’s Word has proven true to you, despite your doubts?
“Praise be to the name of God for ever and ever; wisdom and power are his. He changes times and seasons; he deposes kings and raises up others. He gives wisdom to the wise and knowledge to the discerning. He reveals deep and hidden things; he knows what lies in darkness, and light dwells with him. I thank you and praise you, God of my ancestors…”
Thank you, Father, for being King over everything, including my life. I cannot begin to comprehend your power, but I surrender my decisions, my thoughts, and my feelings all to you. I ask for your wisdom and understanding as I build my life on you today. Please lead and guide my hands in ways that will honor you. Thank you that even though everything around me changes, your Word endures forever, and I can always trust in you. I love you, Father. Amen.
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