Key Verse: For God is the King over all the earth. Praise him with a psalm. Psalm 47:7
In every corner of the world throughout the ages, people have always allocated power to one person who sets themselves up as ruler of that nation, whether King, Queen, President or prime minister.
Kings have a history of being either good or bad, for the people or for themselves. One of the first rulers in the Bible was Nimrod, who craved worship of himself and the gods of Babel rather than the one true and living God. For many years, Israel had leaders like Moses and Joshua, and Judges like Samson and Deborah, but never a king. When the people of Israel wanted to be like everyone else and cried out for a king in 1 Samuel 8, ‘Give us a king to lead us,’ the Lord told Samuel ‘it is not you they have rejected, but they have rejected me as their king.’
When things were bad during the times of the judges, they still had the Lord as their king to lead and to guide caringly, just as he had always done. However, with the appointment of Saul, Israel’s very first king, they swapped God’s rule for man’s.
The Bible teaches many times that Jesus is the “KING OF KINGS, AND LORD OF LORDS.” Nevertheless, do you ever wonder if He is really the King of your life? We can easily say it, and we like to believe it, but is it really true? Are we allowing Him to rule over our lives or are we trying to sit on the throne?
The children of Israel exchanged a King who had delivered them from the slavery of Egypt, feed them manna in the wilderness, destroyed their enemies and gave them the land flowing with milk and honey, just to be like everyone else (see 1 Samuel 10).
They exchanged an all-powerful, ever-present and All-wise King, for a king who hides in the baggage and sits comfortably in the shade of a pomegranate tree while the enemy encircles.
The question for us today is, are we promoting anything to God’s place in our lives? Make Jesus the king of your life today by honouring, serving and obeying his Word. God alone holds time in his hands. He rules the nations. He establishes kings and dethrones them. He builds nations and destroys them and one day, “every knee should bow, in heaven and on earth and under the earth, and every tongue confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.” (Philippians 2:11).