“He’s got the whole world in His hands. He’s got the whole wide world in His hands. He’s got the whole world in His hands; He’s got the whole world in His hands.” I’m sure many of us sang this song in Bible class when we were young. It was first published in 1927 and was made famous by Frank Warner on the American folk scene during the 1940s and ‘50s. It is easily remembered, and it serves as one of the great truths any person can know — God is sovereign over the world.

The sovereignty of God is similar to His power and majesty. It means God has authority and control over the world. Unlike our understanding of sovereign countries and leaders today, or even of kings and rulers throughout history, God’s sovereignty is supreme since He rules over all creation, both seen and unseen. Psalm 24:1 says, “The earth is the Lord’s and the fullness thereof, the world and those who dwell therein.” All of creation belongs to the one who created it, and as the creator He is its owner. As the owner of creation, He has power, authority, and control over it. All of these conceptions together describe God’s sovereignty.

Every portion of Scripture attests that God is the sovereign Lord of Heaven and earth. In Genesis 14:19, God is described as owner of heaven and earth. In Job 41:11, God reminds Job that He owns all things. Isaiah uses the powerful image of God being the potter and us the clay in Isaiah 44:9-11. Paul tells the church in Corinth, “For the earth is the Lord’s, and the fullness thereof” (1 Corinthians 10:26). The Bible even ends with the reminder that God is the one who rules over the kings of the earth (Revelation 1:5), and His Sovereign Lordship is absolute (Revelation 19:16). God is the sovereign One who literally has the whole world in His hands.

Today, I will…think of the absolute power and majesty that God has over the world and be thankful!