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Thoughts on Election Day

I’ve had very few political posts, but I thought it would be helpful to post this one before election day. I’ve had my face and my heart in Psalm 2 for months, and some of you need to get your heart there, too. If you’re scared of what’s happening to our country or our world, take 3 tablespoons of Psalm 2:4 tonight: “He who sits in the heavens laughs.” (The rest of the Psalm is below.)

Those who know me know that I have an extremely high view of God’s sovereignty. I didn’t come up with it. It’s presented to us in Scripture. Psalm 21:1 says, “The king’s heart is a stream of water in the hand of the LORD; he turns it wherever he will.” Jesus told Pilate, “You would have no authority over me at all unless it had been given you from above.” Ephesians 1:11 tells us that God “works all things according to the counsel of his will.” Joseph rose to power in Egypt after a series of evils committed against him by cruel people. When his brothers asked forgiveness decades later, Joseph said, “What you meant for evil, God intended for good. God sent me here to save the nation.” At the end of the story, Joseph saw the sovereignty of God, even in the bad things. Even in the chaos. God didn’t perform evil, but managed it, even arranged it for his glory and the good of his people, if not all people in some way. This gave Joseph faith and comfort, and sitting on this high mountain instead of down in the valley will comfort you, too.

Jesus will be president one day. He won’t be elected (except by God the Father), he can’t be impeached, and he’s never going to resign. In the meantime, God is working out his plan in the earth—even when it might seem that darkness rules the day. Could this be any more true in the story of the crucified Son of God? All seemed lost, yet in attempting to silence the Lamb, the evil hands that nailed him to the cross were actually fulfilling the plan. Just like Joseph’s brothers when they threw him into the pit—in trying to stop the dreams, they fulfilled them.

Psalm 2 tells us that as the kings of the earth take their stand against him, conspire against him, and plot plot against him, He laughs. He knows what’s coming. He’s still in control. He has a dream for His people and for this world that can’t be stopped. While we set up our kings, God has set his King in Zion. And heaven is joyful. So let us who follow Christ be joyful. Let us not fear.

Whether the vote goes as you want it to go tomorrow or not, know this: No politician can deliver to you what your heart really wants. Kings and presidents come and go. A thousand years from now, this moment will be forgotten, and might even seem silly. So make sure your heart is in the right place, centered on the right things.

Ray Ortlund recently tweeted, “My vote does count, but my future does not depend on this election. This election will be utterly forgotten. I will live forever.” So don’t be afraid. Don’t be passive, but be at rest in your heart. Read Psalm 2 and kiss the Son.

Psalm 2
Why do the nations rage
and the peoples plot in vain?
2 The kings of the earth set themselves,
and the rulers take counsel together,
against the Lord and against his Anointed, saying,
3 “Let us burst their bonds apart
and cast away their cords from us.”
4 He who sits in the heavens laughs;
the Lord holds them in derision.
5 Then he will speak to them in his wrath,
and terrify them in his fury, saying,
6 “As for me, I have set my King
on Zion, my holy hill.”
7 I will tell of the decree:
The Lord said to me, “You are my Son;
today I have begotten you.
8 Ask of me, and I will make the nations your heritage,
and the ends of the earth your possession.
9 You shall break them with a rod of iron
and dash them in pieces like a potter’s vessel.”
10 Now therefore, O kings, be wise;
be warned, O rulers of the earth.
11 Serve the Lord with fear,
and rejoice with trembling.
12 Kiss the Son,
lest he be angry, and you perish in the way,
for his wrath is quickly kindled.
Blessed are all who take refuge in him.

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