Paul Tripp

President of Paul Tripp Ministries

Psalm 73: Immanent Sovereignty

"But it is good to be near God." (v.28a)


You are not a distant Lord,
a detached Master
moving the pawns
on the board
in an impersonal act
of winning.
Your Lordship
does not separate
me from you
as a serf
would be separated
from a king.
No, you accomplished
your sovereign plan
by invading my 
dark and messy world
in the person
of your Son,
giving yourself
in radical grace
to people 
who saw no value
in your nearness.
You are Master,
but you are
Emmanuel.
You are Lord,
but you are 
Father.
You are King,
but you are 
Friend.
You are Sovereign
but you are
Shepherd.
Your rule is not from
afar.
No, your rule brings you
near.
I have hope today
because you are not 
distant.
And I celebrate
the amazing
rest and strength
to be found in the reality that
your sovereignty 
has brought you
near. 

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About Paul Tripp

Paul Tripp is the president of Paul Tripp Ministries, a nonprofit organization whose mission statement is "Connecting the transforming power of Jesus Christ to everyday life." Tripp is also professor of pastoral life and care at Redeemer Seminary in Dallas, Texas, and executive director of the Center for Pastoral Life and Care in Fort Worth, Texas. Tripp has written many books on Christian living that are read and distributed internationally. He has been married for many years to Luella, and they have four grown children. For more information, visit http://www.paultrippministries.org/store

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