I have accused of writing considerable amounts about the sovereignty of God. A charge I rightly plead guilty to. Instead of me trying to explain why I will quote from A.W. Pink’s classic, The Sovereignty of God:
We mean the supremacy of God, the kingship of God, the godhood of God. To say that God is Sovereign is to declare that God is God. To say that God is Sovereign is to declare that He is the Most High, doing according to His will in the army of Heaven, and among the inhabitants of the earth, so that none can stay His hand or say unto Him what doest Thou? (Dan. 4:35). To say that God is Sovereign is to declare that He is the Almighty, the Possessor of all power in Heaven and earth, so that none can defeat His counsels, thwart His purpose, or resist His will (Psa. 115:3). To say that God is Sovereign is to declare that He is “The Governor among the nations” (Psa. 22:28), setting up kingdoms, overthrowing empires, and determining the course of dynasties as pleaseth Him best. To say that God is Sovereign is to declare that He is the “Only Potentate, the King of kings, and Lord of lords” (1 Tim. 6:15). Such is the God of the Bible.
I have often said if God is not sovereign that is a Large God and an In Control God, why am I bothering to worship Him? Why would anyone? As today’s sermon points out King Nebuchadnezzar of Babylon, the all powerful sovereign king of Babylon found out who really was in control.
34 And at the end of the days I Nebuchadnezzar lifted up mine eyes unto heaven, and mine understanding returned unto me, and I blessed the most High, and I praised and honoured him that liveth for ever, whose dominion is an everlasting dominion, and his kingdom is from generation to generation: 35 And all the inhabitants of the earth are reputed as nothing: and he doeth according to his will in the army of heaven, and among the inhabitants of the earth: and none can stay his hand, or say unto him, What doest thou?
CONTEXT: The beginning of Daniel is all about the Sovereign God of the universe humbling the most powerful king on the earth. God had allowed the Babylonians to capture the Jews for their blatant disobedience. Then there came a time when King Nebuchadnezzar of Babylon thought more of himself than God would allow.
Matthew Henry describes this chapter as follows: The penman of this chapter is Nebuchadnezzar himself: the story here recorded concerning him is given us in his own words, as he himself drew it up and published it; but Daniel, a prophet, by inspiration, inserts it in his history, and so it has become a part of sacred writ and a very memorable part. Nebuchadnezzar was as daring a rival with God Almighty for the sovereignty as perhaps any mortal man ever was; but here he fairly owns himself conquered, and gives it under his hand that the God of Israel is above him. Here is, I. The preface to his narrative, wherein he acknowledges God’s dominion over him (v. 1-3). II. The narrative itself, wherein he relates, 1. His dream, which puzzled the magicians (v. 1-18). 2. The interpretation of his dream by Daniel, who showed him that it was a prognostication of his own fall, advising him therefore to repent and reform (v. 19-27). 3. The accomplishment of it in his running stark mad for seven years, and then recovering the use of his reason again (v. 28-36). 4. The conclusion of the narrative, with a humble acknowledgment and adoration of God as Lord of all (v. 37). This was extorted from him by the overruling power of that God who has all men’s hearts in his hand, and stands upon record a lasting proof of God’s supremacy, a monument of his glory, a trophy of his victory, and a warning to all not to think of prospering while they lift up or harden their hearts against God.
No one has ever numbered Nebuchadnezzar with the prophets, or believed his language to be inspired. We have before us simply a statement made by an uninspired man, after passing through the most extraordinary experience. He had been among the greatest and proudest of men: he suddenly fell into the condition of a grass-eating ox, by losing his reason ; and upon being restored, he acknowledged publicly the hand of the Most High...
Charles Haddon Spurgeon September 4, 1870
Scripture: Daniel 4:34, 35
From: Metropolitan Tabernacle Pulpit Volume 16
Here is what appears to be a sermon I found online but could not make the connection to the source:
The heavens, even the heavens are thine, Psalm 115:16(KJV) and all the hosts of them. The earth is thine, and the fulness thereof; the world, and they that dwell therein. Psalm 24:1(KJV) In thy hand are the deep places of the earth, and the strength of the hills are thine also: The sea is thine, for thou madest it, and thy hands formed the dry land. Psalm 95:4-5(KJV) All the beasts of the forest are thine, and the cattle upon a thousand hills. Psalm 50:10(KJV) Thou art therefore a great God, and a great King above all gods. Psalm 95:3(KJV)
In thy hand is the soul of every living thing and the breath of all mankind. Job 12:10(KJV)
Thy dominion is an everlasting dominion, and thy kingdom is from generation to generation: Thou dost according to thy will in the armies of heaven and among the inhabitants of the earth, and none can stay thy hand, or say unto thee, What doest thou? Daniel 4:34-35(KJV) or Why doest thou so?