TUESDAY September 25, 2018
“The Lord kills and makes alive; He brings down to the grave and brings up. The Lord makes poor and makes rich; He brings low and lifts up. He raises the poor from the dust and lifts the beggar from the ash heap, to set them among princes and make them inherit the throne of glory. For the pillars of the earth are the Lord’s, and He has set the world upon them.”
1 Samuel 2:6-8
Hannah recognized that it was God who puts up one person and puts down another. In Psalm 75:6, we find that promotion comes from the Lord: For exaltation comes neither from the east nor from the west nor from the south. But God is the Judge: He puts down one, and exalts another.
In Hannah’s song of thanksgiving and praise, God’s supremacy over the earth is seen. In Deborah’s song, she sings of Israel’s victory over their enemies. Deborah proclaimed God as the Supreme Monarch of the universe––the Lord of Hosts, who fought against King Jabin and his captain Sisera:
…The stars from their courses fought against Sisera. The torrent of Kishon swept them away, that ancient torrent, the torrent of Kishon. O my soul, march on in strength! Judges 5:20-21
David trusted God with his spirit and earthly life. He wrote: Into your hand I commit my spirit…My times are in your hand… (Psalm 31:5, 15). In our own lives, God is at work. Rest in the truth that your spirit and the time you have here on earth are both in God’s hands.
“Nothing in all the vast universe can come to pass otherwise than God has eternally purposed. Here is a foundation of faith. Here is a resting place for the intellect. Here is an anchor for the soul, both sure and steadfast. It is not blind fate, unbridled evil, man or Devil, but the Lord Almighty who is ruling the world, ruling it according to His own good pleasure and for His own eternal glory.”
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