Meditating on Psalm 99:1 — “The Lord reigns, let the peoples tremble…,” Charles Spurgeon wrote:
The fact that “the Lord reigneth” is indisputable, and it is this fact that arises the utmost opposition in the unrenewed human heart. “The kings of the earth set themselves, and the rulers take counsel together, against the Lord, and against his anointed, saying, Let us break their bands asunder, and cast away their cords from us.” We know what the Lord thinks of their rebellion against him: “He that sitteth in the heavens shall laugh: the Lord shall have them in derision. Then shall he speak unto them in his wrath, and vex them in his sore displeasure.” Let us, beloved, not be among those who refuse to believe this great truth, but may we humbly bow before that dread Sovereign who doeth as he wills among the armies of heaven and among the inhabitants of this lower world.
“God is a King of power unknown;
Firm are the orders of his throne;
If he resolves, who dare oppose,
Or ask him why, or what he does?”
God has the right to act thus, first, because he is the source of all created existence. “In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth,” and everything else that exists is the product of his creative power. As the writer of the hundredth Psalm says, “It is he that hath made us, and not we ourselves;” so he has the absolute right to do with us whatever he pleases. It rested with him to make us or not to make us; and when he determined to create, it was according to his own will that he made one creature a worm and another an eagle, one an emmet crawling upon its little hill and another a leviathan making the deep to boil; it was by his decree that there were almost boundless variations among the great family of mankind. In constitution, and disposition, and temperament, in the very appearance of our bodies, in the strange diversities of our mental capacities, in our position upon the globe or our place and circumstances in any particular country and nation, we see traces of the sovereign purpose and will of
God. It is true that our ancestors, parents, and surroundings have exerted certain influences upon us, but there are peculiarities about each one of us which can only be ascribed to the sovereign good pleasure of God. That one should be a silent and unobtrusive traveler through life’s pilgrimage, and that another should be so eloquent as to speak in words that find an echo the wide world o’er, that one should sweat and toil all his days, and that another should be dandled upon the knee of luxury,- we may say what we will about all this; but, whether we agree with it or not, we cannot deny that it is according to divine appointment and order, and therefore we must submit to it. [“The Sequel to Divine Sovereignty.”]