God’s Dominion; September 4, 2019

Psalm 103:22 Praise the Lord, all his works
everywhere in his dominion.
Praise the Lord, O my soul.

This verse echoes the first verse of this Psalm, but whereas the first verse focuses on the private, the internal, this verse expands to all creation. I like one phrase in particular here: “everywhere in His dominion.” We talk about, and pray about, “God’s kingdom,” but we have the persistent tendency to think of that in terms of territory. God created everything, so if it’s simply a matter of territory, everywhere is the Kingdom of God. However, it’s actually much more pointed than that. God’s kingdom is where His will is honored and obeyed. That’s what “dominion” is all about. “Domain” is used in various ways in science, from computers to biology to whatever, and it always means authority, where certain rules are followed. In the Lord’s Prayer, “Thy kingdom come” and “Thy will be done” are completely inseparable. When we are unwilling to do God’s will, we are taking ourselves out of His kingdom, His domain. By following “everywhere in His dominion” with, “Praise the Lord, O my soul,” David is including himself in God’s dominion, under His authority. As David demonstrated later in his life, this is a commitment that has to be maintained and renewed. If we think, “Oh I’ve done that,” we lay ourselves open to all sorts of temptations. We need to live constantly in the awareness that “Jesus is my Lord.”

I made an honest commitment to Christ at age seven, but that commitment didn’t get renewed the way I’ve just mentioned. I had some times of real worship along the way, but God had to bring me up hard when I was 24, showing me the horrible mess I had allowed my heart to get into. Recently He has encouraged me to use the faith confession, “I serve the Lord of Glory.” When He first gave me that phrase, “glory” was what stood out to me, but I see now that “serve” is just as important. I don’t get to boss God around! Being allowed to serve the Lord of Glory is a huge privilege, since it carries authority and many other things that can be had no other way, but I’ve got to remember that I serve, I don’t dictate. Yes, I’m a child of the King, but I am also His servant. I may ask freely, and am encouraged to do so, but it must always be as Jesus prayed, “Not my will, but Yours be done.” (Matthew 26:39) Only then will His perfect plan for my life be fulfilled, for my greatest blessing and His glory.

Father, thank You for this reminder. Thank You that I’ll be having hernia surgery this morning, and for all the preparations that have been made. Thank You for all the people who love me and are praying for me. I ask that You bless them abundantly as they pray for me, so that You may receive all the praise, honor, and glory. Thank You. Praise God!

About jgarrott

Born and raised in Japan of missionary parents. Have been here as an adult missionary since 1981.
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