Sovereignty of God

Whatsoever the LORD pleased, that did he in heaven, and in earth, in the seas, and all deep places – Psalm 135:6

Did you know that at the Pacific Ocean’s deepest point you could submerge Mt. Everest and still have two miles of water between its summit and the surface of the water? Or that the energy in one hurricane is equal to about 500,000 atomic bombs? Or that there are over 13,000 varieties of dirt in United States alone?

When we pause to consider the vastness, and the power, and the diversity of Creation, the psalmist’s assertion takes on new majesty and meaning. God does whatever he wishes in the deep places of the sea, where humans have never even been. He steers and throttles the hurricane as its perfect Pilot. The complexity of the universe reflects the enormity and creativity of his mind.

Among the stars, amid the nations (and sand grains) of the earth, in the seas — everywhere God is doing what is pleasing to himself. He is sovereign over the bodies and forces and subparticles in his universe.

And God’s rule was not only in the creation of his world, but still holds sway in the maintenance of it. The psalmist continues in the very next verse: “He causeth (present tense) the vapors to ascend from the ends of the earth; he maketh lightnings for the rain; he bringeth the wind out of his treasuries” (7).

Every part of God’s creation is obedient to the pleasure of its Creator. Are you?