The Supreme Ruler

Psalm 103:19 declares, “His kingdom rules over all.”

When Philip Melancthon was extremely upset over the state of the world and Church, Luther admonished him with the terms, Monendus est Philippus ut desinaf esse rector mundie: let not Philip make himself any longer governor of the world.

The English word Lord is used twice in Psalm 8:1, “O Lord, our Lord.”

The second “Lord” translates Adonai, meaning “administrator or steward.” It is a title given to a person in a position of authority. So, Adonai means “high lord, supreme lord, lord of all.” From this we see that Adonai, as the title of God, calls attention to His sovereignty.

The early Church was also very aware of the sovereignty of God.

Acts 4:24 reads, “They raised their voice to God with one accord, and said, ‘Lord, You are God.’

The word Lord here is a rare one in the New Testament. It is not the usual one translated Lord. It is a word which might be translated despot. Though usually it is thought of negatively, in fact it simply means absolute ruler, indicating final sovereignty.

In addition, “The Lord of Hosts” is a phrase that occurs hundreds of times in the Old Testament to affirm that behind the visible rulers of the world is the invisible God of the universe.

Isaac Watts wrote:

“Here He exalts neglected worms
To scepters and a crown;
Anon the following page He turns,
And treads the monarch down.”

Years ago, Dr. Pierson said, at the Ecumenical Conference of Foreign Missions in New York, that “History is His story, if man can climb high enough to read it.”

Pastor David Arnold
Gulf Coast Worship Center