No matter who you voted for in this year’s election, these things are true: God is sovereign over all nations, and the hope for America is Jesus.
The election is over. The results are in. So, now what? God’s Word gives us guidance. Hear the words of Psalm 113.
1 Hallelujah! Give praise, servants of Yahweh; praise the name of Yahweh.
2 Let the name of Yahweh be praised both now and forever.
3 From the rising of the sun to its setting, let the name of Yahweh be praised.
4 Yahweh is exalted above all the nations, His glory above the heavens.
5 Who is like Yahweh our God— the One enthroned on high,
6 who stoops down to look on the heavens and the earth?
7 He raises the poor from the dust and lifts the needy from the garbage pile
8 in order to seat them with nobles— with the nobles of His people.
9 He gives the childless woman a household, making her the joyful mother of children. Hallelujah!
Praise the name of the Lord. We don’t praise the name of a political party or political candidates. Our praise is much, much higher. No matter the outcome of any election, no matter the circumstances of life, we give praise to Yahweh, the Lord. From the rising of the sun until its setting (all day long!) we are to praise the name of the Lord.
Remember that God is on His throne, high above all nations. Kings may sit on their earthly thrones and presidents sit in their places of honor, but the Lord our God sits high above them. He is enthroned on high. His reign is eternal in the heavens, but as Psalm 113 says, he “stoops down to look on the heavens and the earth.” God cares about the events on earth and He is near. And at the same time, He is high above all nations, reigning from His heavenly throne.
Trust the Lord to do what He can do. The Lord cares for the poor and He raises them up from lowly places (v7). The Lord loves the poor and the nobles the same (v8). He cares for the barren women and blesses them with children (v9). God is able to open up a barren womb. Spiritually speaking, He is able to given a woman spiritual descendants, children who she leads to faith in the Lord and teaches them to love Jesus. He does the same for men, giving them spiritual descendants.
In a series of posts entitled We God’s People are the Conscience of the Culture, I outlined seven aspects of culture that God’s people should exhibit and seek to bring about in their culture. When we walk with the Lord to bring these about, we are trusting the Lord to do what He can do and we are joining Him in His work. Here are those posts if you’d like to read them:
- Post #1 — A Culture of Truth
- Post #2 — A Culture of Freedom
- Post #3 — A Culture of Justice
- Post #4 — A Culture of Work
- Post #5 — A Culture of Compassion
- Post #6 — A Culture of Morality
- Post #7 — A Culture of Strength
Praise the name of the Lord. At both the beginning and end of Psalm 113, you hear the expression, “Hallelujah!” That word literally means, “Praise the Lord!” Hallelu = praise. Jah = the Lord (a shortened version of Yahweh).
The election is over. The results are in. So, now what?
Start with this: Praise the Lord.