God is our sovereign king. This week, we’ll meditate on what that means and how we should respond.
A Devotional Meditation on Isaiah 44:6
This is what the Lord, the King of Israel and its Redeemer, the Lord of Armies, says: “I am the first and I am the last. There is no God but me.”Isaiah 44:6
Our Series on the Attributes of God
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Today’s meditation is part of a series focused on the attributes of God. I’m using Chip Ingram’s The Real God: As He Longs for You to See Him and A.W. Tozer’s The Knowledge of the Holy as references for definitions and some insight. If you would like to learn more about each of these attributes, I recommend starting with Ingram’s book (he quotes Tozer often).
Definition of God’s Sovereignty
God’s sovereignty is the attribute by which He rules His entire creation, and to be sovereign God must be all-knowing, all powerful, and absolutely free. The reasons are these:
Were there even one datum of knowledge, however small, unknown to God, His rule would break down at that point. To be Lord over all creation, He must possess all knowledge.
And were God lacking one infinitesimal modicum of power; that lack would end His reign and undo His kingdom; that one stray atom of power would belong to someone else and God would be a limited ruler and hence not sovereign.
Furthermore, His sovereignty requires that He be absolutely free, which means simply that He must be free to do whatever He wills to do anywhere at any time to carry out His eternal purpose in every single detail without interference. Were He less than free, He must be less than sovereign.A.W. Tozer The Knowledge of the Holy, pg.108
Devotional on Our Sovereign King
The Lord declares He is the alpha and omega; the beginning and the end. He is Lord over every single thing that ever was, is, and will be. I think about all this, and I stretch and I stretch to comprehend it. But I’ll always come up short.
It’s awesome and humbling at the same time.
And yet … I still get caught up in my daily life with no regard for the cosmic ruler of the universe. Isn’t that a strange dichotomy? I’m a follower of an entity so huge, powerful, and loving that I can’t grasp His breadth and depth, and yet, I can ignore Him.
How can we respond to His sovereignty? How can we begin to fathom it, and allow it to transform our lives and how we view the Lord?
Chip Ingram suggests there are three appropriate ways to respond to the sovereignty of God.
- Bow before the King of the universe.
- Believe all that comes into your life is either allowed or decreed by a good God who will use it for your benefit.
- Behold in awe the mystery and majesty of his kind, compassionate, just, and sovereign rule over all that is or will ever be.
As we meditate this week, be aware of your responses to the Mighty King. Which of these is easiest for you? Which is hardest?
Below is a look at my dialogue with the Holy Spirit while meditating on this passage. I meditate on the same verse every day for at least a week, and this is just a model to get you started. Meditating on scripture is a very personal journey and relationship with God, but you may find my Meditation Guide helpful. Subscribe now to my Newsletter and get immediate access to a Free Printable Library that includes meditation guidelines, a Meditation Journal Page, Scripture Writing pages, and bookmarks for this verse.
This is what the Lord: I’m quiet and rest in the word “Lord.” I allow the Lord of my life to make himself known.
the King of Israel: I’m quiet and rest in the image of the “King of Israel.” Powerful, faithful, loving, strong … and I picture Him as my king.
and its Redeemer: I’m quiet and rest in the image of Christ, my redeemer. My God who stood in my place and made me worthy.
the Lord of Armies: I’m quiet and rest in the image of the Lord of Armies. Commander, powerful and wise with loyal followers at the ready to run into battle. For me. For all humanity.
Says: These are Your words, God. I’m quiet and prepare my heart to hear the words spoken directly to the prophet from the Lord.
“I am the first: You declare your place at the beginning. I am still and try to expand my mind to comprehend, even in part, all that has come before. Where the beginning is. The mystery of a beginning leads me to worship.
and I am the last: You declare your constance. Your faithfulness, and your power. You will not fail, you will not waiver. I am still and try to comprehend how far you will go to reach the end. Again, I worship you.
There is no God but me”: None. You are everything for everyone. I am still and surrender all parts of my life to you. You are God of it all.
Suggested Breath Prayers
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Lord, King, Redeemer
No God but you
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