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Our King

September 22, 2017

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Our King

The prophet,  Samuel,  served as the leader  in Israel  for years.     He taught God’s word,  led the people in worship,  judged court cases,  and led in battle  as God’s representative.     When he got old,  the Israelites wanted a king,  so they could be  like other countries.     The showmanship  of royalty  can be pretty impressive.

This made Samuel very sad  and he prayed  to the LORD about it.     In 1 Samuel 8:7-8,  we read God’s answer.

And the LORD said  to Samuel,  “Listen to the voice  of the people  in regard  to all that they say  to you,  for they have not rejected you,  but  they have rejected Me  from being king  over them.

Like all the deeds  which they have done  since the day  that I brought them up  from Egypt  even to this day  —  in that they have forsaken Me  and served other gods  —  so they are doing  to you also.”

It was always God  that led Samuel  in leading the people,  whether it was in teaching,  worshiping,  leading in battle,  or judging court cases.     The people were well aware  of that.     But,  they wanted something  that looked better  in the eyes of the world.

And so,  the Israelites rejected  the LORD  as their king.

But yet,  the Bible is filled  with verses  like Psalm 95:3,

For the LORD  is a great God,  and a great King  above all gods.

The people always knew  God is  King of kings.     All that leads up  to Palm Sunday  —  the day Jesus humbly  and yet royally,  rode into Jerusalem  on a donkey.     John 12:12-16 reads,

On the next day  the great multitude  who had come  to the feast,  when they heard  that Jesus was coming  to Jerusalem,  took the branches  of the palm trees,  and went out  to meet Him,  and began to cry out,  “Hosanna!     Blessed is He  who comes  in the name  of the LORD,  even the king  of Israel.”

And Jesus,  finding a young donkey,  sat on it;  as it is written, “Fear not,  daughter of Zion;  behold your King comes sitting  on a donkey’s colt.”

These things His disciples did not understand  at the first;  but when Jesus was glorified,  then they remembered  that these things  were written  of Him,  and that they had done these things  to Him.

It was prophesied years before  in the Psalms  and by Zechariah  that all this  would happen.

So we look  at our King today.     Just as it was years ago,  many still reject Him  as their King.     The proud refuse  to sing praises  to Someone they “think”  is beneath them  —  little do they know.     In all their sinfulness, the rulers  in the world seem to feel  they make better rulers  than the King of kings.     People prefer seeing  a ”real” king  with their own eyes  — even someone  who is not so poor  and humble looking.

What do we know?     Is Jesus King  in our heart  —  as He well should be?     Just as all the prophecies  in God’s word  come true,  we will see Revelation 17:14  for ourselves,  as it says  about the end days,

These will wage war  against the Lamb,  and the Lamb  will overcome them,  because He is t he Lord of lords  and King of kings,  and those who are with Him  are the called  and chosen  and faithful.

In all His glory,  Jesus is reigning  in heaven  —  and in our hearts.     How glorious it will be  when we get to join  the throngs in heaven,  who are singing His praises  right now.

As we remember  how Jesus has always been King  and will always be King,  even we can sing  our King’s praises here  on earth.      We can sing,  “Hallelujah!     The King of kings  is King  in my heart.”

Love,
Margaret

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A Christian devotional  to glorify  the LORD of lords  and GOD of gods.

Pray for our country.

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The LORD  made this day, let us rejoice  and be glad  in Him.

Psalm 118:24

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The word of the LORD is tried;

He is a shield  to all  who take refuge  in Him.

Psalm 18:30

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Sing for joy  in the LORD,  O you righteous ones;

Praise is becoming  to the upright.

Psalm 33:1

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How blessed are those  who dwell  in Thy house!

They are ever praising Thee.

Psalm 84:4

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Just as a father  has compassion  on his children,

So the LORD  has compassion  on those who fear Him.

Psalm 103:13

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O give thanks  to the LORD,  for He is good;

For His lovingkindness  is everlasting.

Psalm 107:1

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Glory in His holy name;

Let the heart  of those who seek the LORD  be glad.

Psalm 105:3

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Not that I have already obtained it,  or have already  become perfect,   but I press on  in order that  I may  lay hold  of that  for which also  I was laid hold of  by Christ Jesus.

Philippians 3:12

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