Who is this King of glory?
The LORD, strong and mighty,
the LORD, mighty in battle!
We serve a mighty God. That much should be undeniable. As we consider the grand sweep of history, from the dawn of Creation until the present day, God’s hand is visible everywhere we look. His reach extends from the high courts of kings and rulers all the way down to the plain and ordinary lives of people like you and me. God has been working since before the beginning of time, and will continue to work long after we shed this mortal coil.
The great truth set before us in Scripture is that our God is a mighty God. He is the One who spoke the world into existence. He is the One who breathed life into Adam. He is the One who gave Abraham and Sarah a son. He is the One who saved Joseph from certain death, and then used him to save a nation. He is the One who rescued His people from slavery, delivering them from the hands of Pharaoh. He is the One who brought the people into the Promised Land, and went before them to vanquish their enemies. He is the One who conquered Israel’s enemies, even when the odds were repeatedly stacked against them. He is the One who sent His own people into Exile as discipline for their ongoing idolatry and rebellion. He is the One who brought them back home again, and enabled them to rebuild Jerusalem.
This is what we mean when we talk about the sovereignty of God. He is ruler of both Heaven and Earth. He holds all things in His hands—not just the big events that play out on the main stages of the world, but the little ordinary moments that make up the day-to-day existence of each and every one of us. He doesn’t just observe everything that happens from a distance—He has a vested interest in our lives, and plays an active role in each and every moment. Only a God this big could possibly be our “comfort and joy.”
“Here is my servant, whom I uphold,
my chosen one in whom I delight;
I will put my Spirit on him,
and he will bring justice to the nations.
He will not shout or cry out,
or raise his voice in the streets.
A bruised reed he will not break,
and a smoldering wick he will not snuff out.
In faithfulness he will bring forth justice;
he will not falter or be discouraged
till he establishes justice on earth.
In his teaching the islands will put their hope.”
This is what God the Lord says—
the Creator of the heavens, who stretches them out,
who spreads out the earth with all that springs from it,
who gives breath to its people,
and life to those who walk on it:
“I, the Lord, have called you in righteousness;
I will take hold of your hand.
I will keep you and will make you
to be a covenant for the people
and a light for the Gentiles,
to open eyes that are blind,
to free captives from prison
and to release from the dungeon those who sit in darkness.
“I am the Lord; that is my name!
I will not yield my glory to another
or my praise to idols.
See, the former things have taken place,
and new things I declare;
before they spring into being
I announce them to you.”