I grew up on an Iowa farm. In the winter, after a big snow, my Dad would get out the tractor and plow the long driveway. At the end of the snow push would always be a huge snow pile. That was my brother’s and my cue to spend the twenty minutes bundling up to go outside and play King of the Hill. Since I was the little brother, I rarely was king. But when cousins were around I had my chance to be king for a day, or at least a few minutes.
The theological truth and comfort of this psalm is that God is enthroned forever; the LORD is the same and his years have no end. God is permanently ensconced as Sovereign over all creation and nothing or no one is ever going to knock him off the high hill.
In a world profoundly touched by evil, to know the God who does not change is an important reality. The preface to the psalm says, “A prayer of one afflicted, when he is faint and pours out his complaint before the LORD.” Indeed, he does this for the first eleven verses. But then the psalm turns in verse twelve on looking up to the God who is always in control. No matter where we go, God is there, and he forever sits on the throne of the universe.
Therefore, we can put all our trust and hope in the LORD because he will never cease to be in charge. Our perspective on the ground is puny and limited. But God’s view from the top sees the big picture and knows all. Rather than trying to be King of the Hill and spend the enormous energy of worry, let’s acknowledge the kingdom of God and pray for God’s will to be done on earth as it is in heaven.
Mighty God, you are sovereign over all your creation. I place my faith in you completely, that your purposes and plans will be fleshed-out in my life to the glory of King Jesus. Amen.