Thursday, November 22, 2007

The Sovereignty Of God !

What Ought to be Our Attitude Toward the Sovereignty of God?

Arthur W. Pink

Ephesians 1:9 - Having made known unto us the mystery of his will, according to his good pleasure which he hath purposed in himself:

It has been well said that "true worship is based upon recognized greatness, and greatness is superlatively seen in Sovereignty, and at no other footstool will men really worship." In the presence of the Divine King upon His throne even the seraphim 'veil their faces.' Divine sovereignty is not the sovereignty of a tyrannical Despot, but the exercised pleasure of One who is infinitely wise and good! Because God is infinitely wise He cannot err, and because He is infinitely righteous He will not do wrong. Here then is the preciousness of this truth. The mere fact itself that God's will is irresistible and irreversible fills me with fear, but once I realize that God wills only that which is good. My heart is made to rejoice. Here then is the final answer to the question (concerning our attitude toward God's sovereignty)—What ought to be our attitude toward the sovereignty of God? The becoming attitude for us to take is that of godly fear, implicit obedience, and unreserved resignation and submission. But not only so: the recognition of the sovereignty of God, and the realization that the Sovereign Himself is my Father, ought to overwhelm the heart and cause me to bow before Him in adoring worship. At all times I must say, "Even so, Father, for so it seemeth good in Thy sight."

It is important in our day and age to worship God for the right reasons! If his sovereignty is not enough to make us fall on our faces and worship Him in full submission, then we need to "examine ourselves to see wheter we be in the faith." With all the false worship we see on TBN and other places, and the lack of true worship in some "reformed" circles, let us ever strive to give true reverence to a Holy, Holy, Holy God.

Bro. Pat


agoodsoldier said...

“But the path of the just is as the shining light, that shineth more and more unto perfect day” (Prov. 4:18). Where there is a heart that really desires to please the Lord, He graciously grants increasing knowledge of His will. If He is pleased to use these lines in opening the eyes of some of His dear people to recognize what is a growing evil, and to show them that they have been dishonoring Christ by linking the name of the Man of Sorrows (and such He was, when on earth) with a “Merry Christmas,” then join with the writer in a repentant confessing of this sin to God, seeking His grace for complete deliverance from it, and praise Him for the light which He has granted you concerning it.

- A.W. Pink

>I wasn't sure if you were gonna get to this topic, but Pink wrote a pretty nice article on it.

Patrick Eaks said...

A good Soldier (Thomas),

Yes! I am currently working on a series of three or four articles that I hope to have posted up soon. Bro. Mark had a great message last Thurs. night on the sin of idolatry related to the x-mass celebration. Thanks, for bringing this crucial issue up; we are living in the last days and need to stay away from the unfruitful works of darkness. (Do you know what the link to the Pink x-mass article is? If you have a link, email it to me.) Thanks!!

Bro Pat

agoodsoldier said...