Posted by: Bill Hornbeck | July 15, 2015

“For God is the King of all the earth”

Today’s devotion comes from 1 Kings Chapter 20.  Here is a link to this chapter – https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=1+Kings+20&version=NASB

I quote only the following verses.

“26 At the turn of the year, Ben-hadad mustered the Arameans and went up to Aphek to fight against Israel.  27 The sons of Israel were mustered and were provisioned and went to meet them;  and the sons of Israel camped before them like two little flocks of goats, but the Arameans filled the country.  28 Then a man of God came near and spoke to the king of Israel and said, “Thus says the Lord, ‘Because the Arameans have said, “The Lord is a god of the mountains, but He is not a god of the valleys,” therefore I will give all this great multitude into your hand, and you shall know that I am the Lord.’”  29 So they camped one over against the other seven days.  And on the seventh day the battle was joined, and the sons of Israel killed of the Arameans 100,000 foot soldiers in one day.  30 But the rest fled to Aphek into the city, and the wall fell on 27,000 men who were left.  And Ben-hadad fled and came into the city into an inner chamber.”  1 Kings 20:26-30.

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Indeed, the LORD is not just a god of the mountains, nor just a god of the valleys.  The LORD is God of all as declared in the following Psalm. 

“1 O clap your hands, all peoples;
Shout to God with the voice of joy.
2 For the Lord Most High is to be feared,
A great King over all the earth.
3 He subdues peoples under us
And nations under our feet.
4 He chooses our inheritance for us,
The glory of Jacob whom He loves.  Selah.

5 God has ascended with a shout,
The Lord, with the sound of a trumpet.
6 Sing praises to God, sing praises;
Sing praises to our King, sing praises.
7 For God is the King of all the earth;
Sing praises with a skillful psalm.
8 God reigns over the nations,
God sits on His holy throne.
9 The princes of the people have assembled themselves as the people of the God of Abraham,
For the shields of the earth belong to God;
He is highly exalted.”  Psalm Chapter 47.

Some doctrine wants to put limitations on our LORD like the Arameans.  They say:  “The LORD is god over the mountains and the stars, but He is not god over man’s free-will.”

They form their doctrine and say:

“Let us tear their fetters apart
And cast away their cords from us!”  Psalm 2:3.

But, Reformed Doctrine replies “The LORD is God over all, the mountains and the stars and man and all of creation”: 

“2 For the Lord Most High is to be feared,
A great King over all the earth.
3 He subdues peoples under us
And nations under our feet.”  Psalm 47:2-3.

To the desire of other doctrine to be free of the LORD’s Sovereign and Almighty iron grip on them,

“4 He who sits in the heavens laughs,
The Lord scoffs at them.
5 Then He will speak to them in His anger
And terrify them in His fury, saying,
6 “But as for Me, I have installed My King
Upon Zion, My holy mountain.”

7 “I will surely tell of the decree of the Lord:
He said to Me, ‘You are My Son,
Today I have begotten You.
8 ‘Ask of Me, and I will surely give the nations as Your inheritance,
And the very ends of the earth as Your possession.
9 ‘You shall break them with a rod of iron,
You shall shatter them like earthenware.’”  Psalm 2:4-9.

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