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  • Jonathan Parnell

Why God’s Sovereignty Matters: Seven Exhortations (Psalm 96:9-10)

Worship the LORD in the splendor of holiness; tremble before him, all the earth! 10 Say among the nations, "The LORD reigns! Yes, the world is established; it shall never be moved; he will judge the peoples with equity." —Psalm 96:9-10

One important thing to know about God’s reign is that he is absolutely sovereign. He is not one king among overs. He is the King of kings. He is the Sovereign over all other sovereigns.

In a sermon on God’s sovereignty last fall, John Piper closed with seven exhortations about what God’s sovereignty means for our lives. These seven exhortations are implications for how we live. They are instructions for us—reminders—on how we ought to live in light of who God is.

1. Let us stand in awe of the sovereign authority and freedom and wisdom and power of God.

2. And let us never trifle with life as though it were a small or light affair.

3. Let us marvel at our own salvation—that God bought it and wrought it with sovereign power, and we are not our own.

4. Let us groan over the God-belittling man-centeredness of our culture and much of the church.

5. Let us be bold at the throne of grace knowing that our prayers for the most difficult things can be answered. Nothing is too hard for God.

6. Let us rejoice that our evangelism will not be in vain because there is no sinner so hard the sovereign grace of God cannot break through.

7. Let us be thrilled and calm in these days of great upheaval because victory belongs to God, and no purposes that he wills to accomplish can be stopped.



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