Psalm 33:10 “The LORD foils the plans of the nations; he thwarts the purposes of the peoples.”
[You, O Lord God, rule. You are absolutely Sovereign. You, as the star Breather, the galaxy Former, the planet Placer, the moon Maker, the earth Spinner and the dawn Bringer are in charge. In darkness you bring light. You are great beyond comprehension and mighty beyond imagination.
In your sovereignty you have granted to your creatures the ability to make moral and ethical choices. In a sense you have given us a sphere to choose to love you or not. This flows from your sovereign decision and does not impinge upon your sovereignty at all.
You see all that the devil, demons and dominions are planning to do and, in your might, munificence and majesty, thwart the purposes that contravene your great goals. Think of the tower of Babel, Joseph’s brothers, Pharaoh of Egypt and King Nebuchadnezzar, those who opposed Daniel. All their plans foiled.
Beyond a certain point you frustrate the destructive desire of humans for selfish independence; you prevent us from reaching true joy and peace apart from you; you hold back the tide of evil that would keep people from deciding for you; and what you do allow, you will use for good in the lives those involved.
Praise be to you for your greatness, Lord, for your wisdom, your power, your love and faithfulness–all of which are continually at work to transform the evil of men into the goodness of God. For you foil the wrong plans of the nations and thwart the destructive purposes of the peoples. What a comfort.]