Thursday, August 18, 2011

Christ the King

 1My heart is inditing a good matter: I speak of the things which I have made touching the king: my tongue is the pen of a ready writer.
 2Thou art fairer than the children of men: grace is poured into thy lips: therefore God hath blessed thee for ever.
 3Gird thy sword upon thy thigh, O most mighty, with thy glory and thy majesty.
 4And in thy majesty ride prosperously because of truth and meekness and righteousness; and thy right hand shall teach thee terrible things.
 5Thine arrows are sharp in the heart of the king's enemies; whereby the people fall under thee. 

 Christ the King

 My heart is overflowing with a good theme;
         I recite my composition concerning the King;
         My tongue is the pen of a ready writer.
          (Psalm 45:1, New King James Version)

Psalm 45 is a beautiful Psalm of contemplation of the Lord Jesus Christ, the King. Who is this Christ we love and serve? Do we take time out of our busy days just to contemplate Christ?

Thou art fairer than the children of men: grace is poured into thy lips: therefore God hath blessed thee for ever. (Psalm 45:2, King James Version)

I am always amazed when I read Psalms such as this, at the depth of understanding these Godly men had of the King of Kings, the Lord Jesus Christ. Remember, they did not have the New Testament writings that we have; Christ had not yet come. As we ponder the life of Christ as recorded in the Gospels, we certainly can affirm that, indeed, grace was poured upon His lips. 

We are also reminded, from this Psalm, that the Jewish people were expecting Christ to come as their physical King, who would sit on the throne of David. Gone, would be the Roman rule they were under, replaced by the Lord Jesus Himself. 

It was difficult, then, for them to accept Christ as their true Messiah. Instead of a proud king entering their lives with great pomp and ceremony, Jesus came as a poor carpenter urging them to return to God. Instead of the religion of rules and regulations of their time, Christ introduced a religion of humble repentance before God.

What is our view of Christ today? How has He personally impacted our lives? Do we view the Bible as a Book of rules and regulations to obey, or do we understand that it is a God's authoritative Word, continually pointing us to Christ.

Truly, the arrows of Christ are sharp in the heart of the King's enemies. In the end, nothing of this world will matter except our relationship to Christ. In Him, alone, is life and light for all who come to Him. With that being the case, is there anything in this world more important to pursue than a close relationship with Christ the King?

It is a good question to ponder, is it not?

God Bless You,
Linda

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