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Today the people of my state of Texas (and 12 other states) cast their votes in the primary election.  There have been strong words and the divisions between the parties and there appear to be greater divisions and disharmony among the candidates within the same parties as well.  Complaints and concerns about the candidates are common and not exclusive to one party or the other.

Amid all the words and debates about our country’s past and future, as believers in Christ we need to be reminded who is authoritative over the affairs of our land:  our sovereign God.  Solomon told us more than 3000 years ago, “The king’s heart is like channels of water in the hand of the LORD; He turns it wherever He wishes.” (Prov. 21:1).  That is still true today; no ruler rules apart from the Lord placing him in that position.  And no ruler makes any decree or decision except by the permissive will of God governing him.

As you contemplate your choices in today’s election and as you watch the election returns tonight, be comforted by the words of this new hymn, “Our Sovereign God,” by Pastor Tom Pennington:

Our sovereign God, by His own word sustains this world and reigns as Lord.
No angel, demon, sinful man, can change His course, restrain His hand.

O sovereign God, we praise your pow’r, Your wisdom, goodness, we adore!
We bow our hearts before Your throne; help us, O Lord, to trust You more,
Help us, O Lord, to trust You more!

When the fullness of the time had come, God sent His own beloved Son.
To keep God’s Law, live in our place, to bear our sin, guilt, and disgrace.

Dead in our sin, estranged from God, we fled as rebels from His love.
In sovereign grace He made us sons and saved us from the wrath to come,
And saved us from the wrath to come!

Before our birth, he planned our days, laid out our course, ordained our ways.
The moments of our lives He weaves so all the glory He receives.

To those He loved before all time, to all He called, in grace renewed,
He cannot lie; His Word is true, He makes all things to work for good,
He makes all things to work for good!

He has written hist’ry’s final page, His Son’s return will end this age.
The Lamb will come in glorious might, take back His world, and end it’s night.

How deep the wisdom of our God, unknown, unfathomed are His ways.
None counsels Him or knows His mind, We bow before Him all our days,
We bow before Him all our days!

O sovereign God, we praise your pow’r, Your wisdom, goodness, we adore!
We bow our hearts before Your throne; help us, O Lord, to trust You more,
Help us, O Lord, to trust You more!