November 18, 2014
THE GEORGIA CAPITOL DEVOTIONAL - 18 November 2014
The personal viewpoint from which one understands all life is often regarded as a worldview. A worldview is then an amalgamation of various assumptions or presuppositions that one affirms – either consciously or subconsciously – concerning the basic framework of the world in which we live. One’s worldview is an answer to the following questions: (1) what is ultimate reality?; (2) what is the purpose of my life?; (3) who am I?; (4) why do I exist?; (5) where did I originate?; (6) what is my destiny; and, (7) what the nature of the world in which I live?
There is a plethora of worldviews that seek to answer those basic questions. Many worldviews are possible, such as the following: biblical theism, deism, dualism, fatalism, hedonism, humanism, positivism, pragmatism, relativism, secularism, or synergism. Nevertheless, the reality is that only one worldview is adequate and true. The only belief system that is sufficient is that God actively – moment by moment – rules sovereignly over all things for his own glory and for the good of his people. The comprehensive worldview that “the LORD reigns” is revealed all throughout the Bible, and especially within the Psalms.
A worldview focused upon God is declared rather succinctly in the worship song of Psalm 97. The psalm provides an all-encompassing perspective of the world that is understood in relation to God’s divine character and holy attributes (vv. 2-11). Psalm 97 is an enthronement hymn declaring the absolute sovereignty of God over all creation. Having a true worldview begins with an honest understanding of God himself. Nothing upon earth will be understood properly until one has first acknowledged God as supremely gloriously: exalted in heaven. Psalm 97 provides tremendous help is revealing a theocentric comprehension of all things.
Psalm 97 begins with the familiar refrain, “the LORD reigns.” The declaration means that God is absolutely sovereign over all human history. Only the Lord God is always able to do as He pleases: continually exercising his all-encompassing authority. How should we respond to such revelation? “Let the earth rejoice” is the only proper response that would be appropriate to the magnificent truth of divine sovereignty.
Psalm 97 concludes by calling upon all God’s people to “be glad in the LORD.” Rightly should God’s people exult in the Lord himself and in his kingdom. All genuine gladness is in the Lord God. The truth that “the LORD reigns” makes the heart glad. Knowing “that God causes all things to work together for good” to those who love Him, “to those who are called according to His purpose” (Rom 8:28) is reason for genuine gladness!
Glad in the Lord God,