I write from the beautiful northern woods in Ontario, with Canada Day still on my mind. I know it is behind us now but some of you may remember when July 1st was known as “Dominion Day”- a reminder of the early history of this country.
As part of the political negotiations between early Canadian politicians and the British rulers of their colonies, it was decided that this land would be called the “Dominion of Canada”. It was the first time that the word ‘dominion’ would be considered for one of their colonies and it was chosen because of Psalm 72 and with the idea that Canada would one day span from the Pacific to the Atlantic.
“He shall have dominion also from sea to sea.”
This scripture is written in stone on Parliament Hill in Ottawa and although “dominion” is most simply defined as “to dominate” or to rule and reign over, this scripture never referred to man’s domination, but rather to the reign and rule of a righteous King Jesus, the ruler of the ends of the earth.
So then, the full Psalm 72 and verse 8 reads as such:
“He shall have dominion also from sea to sea and from the rivers to the ends of the earth. Those who dwell in the wilderness will bow before Him and His enemies will lick the dust.”
This Canada Day I celebrated the rule and reign of a righteous King who rules over Canada and all the nations and when I read Psalm 72, I am reminded that it is God who has dominion from sea to sea.
In His Majesty’s service,