Today I am thankful His grace is sovereign.
Mine (and everybody else’s) favorite worship song right now is Oceans. There’s a line that goes:
Your grace abounds in deepest waters
Your sovereign hand will be my guide
If you have never heard this song. You must stop right now and go listen on YouTube. Oceans by Jesus Culture. It’s one of those songs that rocks your soul.
It occurred to me, I have always heard sovereign and grace used together, but what exactly does that mean? After some dictionary.com, I found that sovereign is a term used to describe royal or a throne; like a king. I found this great resource too that answered my question pretty well.
Sovereign grace combines two of God’s attributes, His sovereignty and His graciousness. Both of these characteristics of God are so vast that many volumes have been written about each. Briefly though, sovereign grace is the melding of the two into a thrilling truth that gives us a glimpse into the mind and heart of our great God. The sovereignty of God means that He has total control of all things past, present and future. Nothing happens that is out of His knowledge and control. All things are either caused by Him or allowed by Him for His own purposes and through His perfect will and timing (Romans 11:36;1 Corinthians 8:6). He is the only absolute and omnipotent ruler of the universe and is sovereign in creation, providence and redemption.
We broke out more Christmas decor today. I love the way their faces light up when we reach the box that holds the Little People Nativity. I bought it for Mikey, the oldest, when he was just one. It’s like a virgin birth miracle that we’ve kept all the pieces so long with all 3 boys. I was fiddling with some ornaments when I looked over and noticed my middle one, age four, meticulously setting it all up. We not only have the nativity, but also a santa train, a drummer boy set, and a shepherd set. There’s probably about a total of fifty people and animals. A few minutes later he came to me, with a sprakle in his almost black eyes, and said, “Look mom, everybody’s praising Jesus. Jesus was born in the manger and they all came to give him praise.”
I looked over at what he had set up and low and behold, there was baby Jesus in his 8 lb 6 oz in his golden swaddling cloth…errr, in his manger with Mary & Joseph. Every single animal and person in our collection was set perfectly facing Him. I could almost here “Oh Come Let Us Adore Him” being sung by those toys. Oh my heavens, if I didn’t just fall apart right there. He gets it. Wow, my four year old gets it. Not Santa in the middle and bringing everybody gifts. Not all the normal players in the nativity holding their normal places while Santa, the elf, the dog, and everybody else doing their own thang. No, every single member of his little creation was worshipping the newborn king.
THAT is soverignty. Jesus is so big and so amazing that all of creation praises Him. He’s ruler and King of all, majestic, powerful, and almighty.