‘He That Sitteth in the Heavens Shall Laugh…’

Scanning the nooze this morning, I felt a need to revisit Psalm 2–which also brought this 1871 hymn to mind, Christ Shall Have Dominion.

It’s getting bad out there. The ungodly are running wild, nothing seems to restrain them. But God is watching carefully, and here’s where the psalm comes in:

Why do the heathen rage, and the people imagine a vain thing? The kings of the earth set themselves, the rulers take counsel together against the Lord and against His anointed, saying, Let us break their bands asunder, and cast away their cords from us.

He that sitteth in the heavens shall laugh: the Lord shall have them in derision. (Verses 1-4)

The Lord is laughing at them–at their vain words, their pretenses, their schemes for a global government with themselves in charge. They are nothing. They are pygmies who call themselves giants. The Lord will give His Son, His anointed, all power in heaven and on earth; and He will break them in pieces like a potter’s vessel.

We must not lose heart! Christ, not they, shall have dominion. This is what we as Christians must believe. God will keep His promises, every last one of them. He has blessed us by allowing us to enter into His labors with Him. We may fail from time to time, but He will not fail us.

When will that happen? We don’t know; God knows. There are Christian men and women not yet born who will do great things. Our job is to do what we can and never, never, never give in to the wicked.

And when God stops laughing, let the wicked beware. Christ’s Kingdom is already among us… working, working, working… for and until He regenerates His whole creation.

‘Who Shall Have Dominion?’ (2017)

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There are those who object strenuously to the world that Jesus Christ, as King of kings and Lord of lords, shall have dominion on the earth (not that they can do anything about it!). We always ask, but very seldom get an answer, “Who would you rather had dominion?”

Who Shall Have Dominion?

Oh, God, look at our… “government”! Have pity on us, Lord, ruled over by the likes of these! And there are worse ones waiting in the wings.

We long for Christ to have dominion.

‘Sing Louder!’ (Gotta Try)

I’ve always thought it excellent advice: when life gets hard for a Christian, “Sing louder!” Reach out to God with hymns and psalms. All day long, on and off, if you have to. But I never had to put it to the test.

All right, let me try it. I’m mourning our cat, Peep. I’m watching my country, governed by idiots, thieves, and villains, be murdered by inches. Patty and I were sick and our affairs got disordered by it. My spirit ain’t right, just now–very far from it. I could just sit down and scream.

So let me try the hymns instead. I don’t have to sing them out loud. Start with this one, Christ Shall Have Dominion. Work my way around to Hyfrydol. It’s got to be better than gnashing my teeth.

I think I’ll sit outside and think, and silently sing hymns, and have my cigar. Before it rains.

‘Christ Shall Have Dominion’

This is one of those hymns that makes Christ’s enemies gnash their teeth–Christ Shall Have Dominion. If it sounds like Onward, Christian Soldiers, that’s because Arthur Sullivan (of Gilbert and Sullivan fame) wrote the melody that’s used for both.

May Christ’s dominion come today.

‘Christ Shall Have Dominion’

“ElderMike” inspired me with a comment late last night–yes, let’s celebrate Christ’s victory! Especially now–we especially need to do it now.

Christ Shall Have Dominion and Onward, Christian Soldiers share the same melody by Arthur Sullivan, of Gilbert & Sullivan fame.

I wish I had friends to sing hymns with. Wherever two or three are gathered in Christ’s name… He’s there, too.

‘Who Shall Have Dominion?’ (2017)

The first time I posted the hymn, Christ Shall Have Dominion, someone objected. He didn’t want Christ to have dominion.

He didn’t say whom he’d rather had it.

Who Shall Have Dominion?

So, okay–if it’s not to be the Lord Jesus Christ, then who do you want to rule the earth? A political party full of orcs? A consortium of thieves?

Ooh-ooh, I know! Genius saints guided by Science! They have them in Canada or someplace.

Fairies would be okay, too. A world ruled by fairies. That’d be cool.

‘Christ Shall Have Dominion’

This was the hymn that first popped into my head last night–Christ Shall Have Dominion, by Arthur Sullivan (of Gilbert & Sullivan fame), sung here by the congregation at Grace Reformed Church in Dunnville, Ohio.

It’s His right to rule the earth–and no one else’s.

‘Christ Shall Have Dominion’

We have no king but Jesus Christ.

Christ Shall Have Dominion, by Arthur Sullivan (of Gilbert & Sullivan), sung by the congregation of Grace Reformed Church in Dunnville, Ontario. And yes, Sullivan’s melody also goes with Onward, Christian Soldiers.

‘Christ Shall Have Dominion’

The first time I ever posted this hymn, someone out there objected: he didn’t want Christ to have dominion.

But we have no king but Jesus Christ.

Sung by the congregation at Grace Community Church, San Antonio, Texas: Christ Shall Have Dominion.

‘Christ Shall Have Dominion’

When he wasn’t writing operettas with W.S. Gilbert, Arthur Sullivan wrote hymns. Christ Shall Have Dominion came out in 1871. The first time I posted it here, someone objected strenuously. I guess he wanted someone else to have dominion. God defend us.

Sung by the congregation at Grace Reformed Church in Dunnville, Ontario.