The reign of Christ here shines forth in illustrious
splendor. It is glorious in power and holiness. May the description lead our
hearts to more intense desire to serve devotedly our heavenly King!
1. "The Lord reigns; He is clothed with majesty; the
Lord is clothed with strength, with which He has girded Himself; the world
also is established, that it cannot be moved."
Jesus is proclaimed as King. What confidence, what peace
should this assurance give! He reigns supreme. All power is given to Him in
heaven and in earth. His kingdom rules over all. Irresistible is His sway.
Nothing can thwart His sovereign will. He directs all things in providence
and grace, in time and in eternity. He appears in His royal robes of majesty
and glory. Let us meekly bend the knee, and give the homage due to His
supremacy. He wears the belt of omnipotence. Let us delight in the thought.
It proclaims the security of those who seek the shelter of His wings. The
earth is the present scene of their abode, and no power can shake its
stability. It rests on firmness and cannot be moved.
2. "My throne is established of old; You are from
Earthly kingdoms quickly rise and fall. Yesterday they
were not; tomorrow they are gone. A breath makes them, and a breath
destroys. But eternity is the possession of this King. Before time was, He
lived "I AM." When time shall be no more, He still shall be the great "I
3, 4. "The floods have lifted up, O Lord, the floods
have lifted up their voice; the floods lift up their waves. The Lord on high
is mightier than the noise of many waters, yes, than the mighty waves of the
Though Jesus is thus mighty, He reigns not unopposed.
Wild and frantic passions are in commotion against Him. Mark the sea when
raging tempests lash its billows into fury. Terribly they swell. Gigantic
waves lift up their foaming heads. They dash against the rocks, as if their
strength could overcome all barriers. But they toss and swell in vain. Thus
the maddened rage of rebel man is weak against this kingdom. Christ sits
above the water floods. He calmly views the impotent infatuation. Happy are
those who are forever one with Him. They too shall sit on thrones.
5. "Your testimonies are very sure; holiness becomes
Your house, O Lord, forever."
Repeated testimonies announce with trumpet-tongue this
truth. The Word abounds with declarations that the government is upon
Christ's shoulder. This Word cannot be broken. His empire must abide
forever. Sweet is the concluding word. His right hand is full of
righteousness. The scepter of His kingdom is a right scepter. All His rule
is holy. Holiness is inscribed on all His work, ordinances, and decrees. His
people, also, are all holy. Holiness is the bright title on their brow. May
we be holy even as our Lord is holy! May our constant prayer be, Sanctify us
wholly, body, soul, and spirit! Sanctify us through Your truth! Thus alone
can we take comfort in the hope of gazing forever on the unclouded glory of
our God. Heaven is holiness in more than meridian splendor. The
entrance of evil in the slightest form would change the total appearance.
Light could not be one with darkness. The torrid zone could not show icy
plains. The door is barred against iniquity. The Lamb's bride is
all-glorious without in the pure obedience of the Lord, and all-glorious
within through the indwelling of the Spirit.