Thursday, July 09, 2009

Psalm 73: Immanent Sovereignty

"But it is good to be near God." (v.28a)


You are not a distant Lord,
a detached Master
moving the pawns
on the board
in an impersonal act
of winning.
Your Lordship
does not separate
me from you
as a serf
would be separated
from a king.
No, you accomplished
your sovereign plan
by invading my
dark and messy world
in the person
of your Son,
giving yourself
in radical grace
to people
who saw no value
in your nearness.
You are Master,
but you are
Emmanuel.
You are Lord,
but you are
Father.
You are King,
but you are
Friend.
You are Sovereign
but you are
Shepherd.
Your rule is not from
afar.
No, your rule brings you
near.
I have hope today
because you are not
distant.
And I celebrate
the amazing
rest and strength
to be found in the reality that
your sovereignty
has brought you
near.

9 Comments:

At 9:00 AM, Blogger Adoption Mama said...

Mr. Tripp,

Spurgeon has much to say on this in his book, The Power of Prayer in a Believer's Life. Great post, great read.

 
At 2:06 AM, Blogger Malinda said...

Thank you for writing about our Great God and His immanent sovereignty. Truly, He is the Giver of peace.

Have blessed day!

 
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At 11:09 AM, Anonymous Myra said...

Life In The Hands of The Divine

We may never know life as it was
---- or as it is
but what is behind us
-- is the Lords
but what is ahead
- we do not recognize
or see- or may never see
we hold onto the promised
-- favor of the Lord
Life as it has been
may be no more
for eternity takes charge
redeemed -
is where we stand
-- the head bowed-
humbly
intently--
longs for the Savior-
What is- what was-
suddenly could not matter
for if today we drink
on the fine wine
----of eternity-
could we not see-
--can we not hear
-- or taste--
or know-
what belongs to the Divine.

 
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