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Divine Sovereignty in Psalms


God reigns supreme in the heavens, and His plans never change from one generation to the next. From everlasting to everlasting, His eternal counsel remains the same:

The counsel of the Lord stands forever, the plans of his heart to all generations. —Psalm 33:11

In this verse, David refers to “the counsel of the Lord,” which is the eternal deliberation and decree of God, formed in eternity past, by which He made the irrevocable choice of His all-wise will. No matter what man may attempt, the eternal counsel of the Lord will be sustained unwaveringly from one generation to the next. In fact, nothing that any being can do will alter or subvert it. God’s divine purposes remain immutable and unalterable from age to age. Commenting on this text, Albert Barnes writes, “There can be no superior counsel or will to change it, as is the case with the plans of men; and no purposes of any beings inferior to himself—angels, men, or devils—can affect, defeat, or modify His eternal plans. No changes in human affairs can impede His plans; no opposition can defeat them; no progress can supersede them. . . . The things which he has designed, or which He intends shall be accomplished. . . . The plans of God are not changed by the passing off of one generation and the coming on of another; by new dynasties of kings, or by the revolutions that may occur in states and empires.” All of human history moves forward toward its divinely appointed end under the absolute control of God.

—Steve Lawson, Foundations of Grace (Reformation Trust, 2006), 136.

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