God in the Psalms No.7
Psa 5:2 Listen to my cry for help, my King and my God, for to you I pray
In the second of these meditations we saw God enthroned (Psa 2:4). In this psalm we see reference to God being King. Many nations of the world do not have kings today and so perhaps we lose the sense of what this means. In Old Testament times, the king was sovereign. The king ruled and what the king said, happened! In the book of Esther, King Xerxes, the Persian king, was probably a good example of this. He ruled over a massive empire (Es 1:1) of 127 provinces stretching from India to Egypt. So great was his authority that no one dared come into his presence without being called by him otherwise they would be put to death (Es 4:11).
In the book of Revelation we are given a picture of Jesus returning to the earth as a conquering king (Rev 19:11 -15) and he is described as “King of Kings and Lord of Lords” (v.16). Jesus is the King of Kings – the king above all other kings, yet he is but the Son who, when he has finished his work, will hand back the kingdom he rules over to his Father (1 Cor 15:25 ,28). God Himself is THE King, THE Supreme Ruler.
Sometimes, when we look at the awful things that are going on in the earth, we might wonder about God’s ‘reign’. Yet the truth is that it is Jesus who is now ascended back to heaven and is reigning at the right hand of his Father (Acts 2:33-35, Eph 1:20-22) and, prophetic Psalm 110 tells us, is ruling in the midst of his enemies (v.1,2). So yes, for this time God allows men freedom of will to think, say and do what they please, but that doesn’t stop Him exercising His will in the midst of all they do, to bring about the things He has decreed. He IS working out His purposes (Eph 1:9,10, 2:10), because He IS the King. The Bible declares it long and loud!
When Jesus came the first thing he declared was, “Repent for the kingdom of heaven is at hand” (Mt 4:17). In other words, put your lives right for God is about to manifest His presence through me to exercise His rule as king! Now Mark’s Gospel adds, “The kingdom of God is near. Repent and believe the good news” (Mk 1:15). The coming of God’s reign through His Son was good news. Why was it good news?
Well start with Jesus’ declaration in the synagogue, reading Isa 61: “He has sent me to proclaim freedom for the prisoners and recovery of sight for the blind, to release the oppressed, to proclaim the year of the Lord’s favor.” (Lk 4:18,19), That was surely good news. See also Jesus’ words to John’s followers: Jesus replied, “Go back and report to John what you hear and see: The blind receive sight, the lame walk, those who have leprosy are cured, the deaf hear, the dead are raised, and the good news is preached to the poor. (Mt 11:4,5). See Peter’s message to the Gentiles: “You know what has happened throughout Judea, beginning in Galilee after the baptism that John preached– how God anointed Jesus of Nazareth with the Holy Spirit and power, and how he went around doing good and healing all who were under the power of the devil, because God was with him. (Acts 10:37,38). This is God ruling as a King.
Does that leave us fearing God as the Supreme Ruler? It shouldn’t do for it shows us that everything He does is for the blessing of people. He comes to restore them to Himself through the work of His Son, He comes to bring goodness to their lives, He comes to pour out His love on whoever will receive it. What should be our response to all this? Surely it must be, Lord, come and be Lord over my life, come and rule over my life. Amen.