This summer we will depart from Exodus for a while and look at various psalms. Today we will look at Psalm 93. The world we live in seems so uncertain and in upheaval, and indeed our lives seem uncertain. Things can change very quickly. A new day can bring with it a life altering event. This psalm teaches us what is certain in an uncertain world.

The first certainty is the Lord reigns over all. Verses one and two speak of the majesty, strength, and certainty of the Lord’s reign. The language anticipates the Lord Jesus Christ’s ascension to the throne of God, and his mediatorial reign (he reigns on behalf of his Father) he now exercises over his church and this world. Psalm 2 reads: “The Lord said to me, you are my Son; today I have begotten you. Ask of me and I will make the nations your heritage; the ends of the earth your possession.”

Christ is clothed in majesty on his throne. When John sees a vision of the exalted Christ in Revelation one he describes it thus: “I saw one like the Son of Man, clothed with a long robe and a golden sash around his chest. The hairs of his head were white like wool, like snow. His eyes were like flames of fire, his feet were like burnished bronze, refined in a furnace, and his voice was like the roar of many waters.” The vision of Christ’s majesty and sovereignty is the major theme of Revelation. Whatever upheaval in the world, he is on this throne.

Our psalm says “He has put on strength as his belt.” He will conquer his enemies. No one can stop him. He has his own agenda. He will carry it out. He has invincible strength because he has divine strength. Question arises, why does the Lord allow such evil in the world? It is a complex question and answers, but one certainty we are told is it will not always be like this.

The application is both good news and bad news. It is bad news for those opposed to Christ. They will suffer his righteous wrath. Revelation 19 speaks of the Lord Jesus judging in righteousness and executing the fury of the wrath of God Almighty. When evil disturbs you, remember the certainty of a day of reckoning, and seek the Lord’s kingdom yourself.

The good news is for his people. When you are afraid or troubled, you have a place to go to. A frightened child is consoled by the embrace of a loving parent. No one can snatch a child of the Lord out of his hands. He has a hope and a future. Trouble and tribulation have an end. His last day here will be his best day, because his Lord reigns over all.

Another certainty this psalm teaches us is the certainty of opposition to Christ and his reign. It is futile opposition, but it is without end until the Lord’s final judgment. Verse three reads: “The floods have lifted up, O Lord, the floods have lifted up their voice; the floods lift up their roaring.” Here is depicted for us powerful opposition.

The language of a flood is overwhelming power. Think of a hurricane or tsunami; flood waters that render victims helpless. It is not a new thing for the church of the Lord Jesus to have numerous and violent enemies. The Lord allows it for his own purposes, and he says it is certain his followers will go through tribulation in this world. Yet always remember their roaring is but a noise to the Lord.

Verse 4 reminds us the Lord is mightier than the strongest opposition. He calls his people to faithful endurance; perseverance in his power. William Gurnall wrote this faith implies two acts of faith. First, a settled firm persuasion that the Lord is almighty in power; and second, it implies a further act of faith that God is engaged for their defense to bear them up in the midst of all their trials.

Another certainty is the word of the Lord. Verse 5 says: “Your decrees are very trustworthy,” or your word is confirmed. The Lord is holy, therefore all he says he will do. He has the strength to carry his word out, and he is truth. He has not a shadow of darkness. Whatsoever he warns he will carry out, and whatsoever he promises is sure.

There is no greater certainty than Christ will do all he says, and no greater certainty for you than you will be judged by him. The day is coming. You and I have a set number of days in this world. Look away from the uncertainty of this world, to the certainty of the Sovereign One on his throne.