Monday, August 15, 2011

My King

 4Thou art my King, O God: command deliverances for Jacob.
 5Through thee will we push down our enemies: through thy name will we tread them under that rise up against us.
 6For I will not trust in my bow, neither shall my sword save me.
 7But thou hast saved us from our enemies, and hast put them to shame that hated us.
 8In God we boast all the day long, and praise thy name for ever. Selah. 

My King

As I read through these verses from Psalm 44, I wondered what it would be like if the rulers of our nations believed these verses. For example, can you imagine President Obama, from the United States, saying, "Thou art my King . . . through thee will we push down our enemies . . . for we will not trust in our military might, but rather, in God we will boast all the day long, and praise His name forever."?

I can imagine George Washington saying such things, but not President Obama. Why? What has happened to the United States; indeed, what has happened to all of the nations of the world? It is fine for a person to be religious in our day, but it is certainly not politically correct to actually believe that God will save us. Instead, it is considered to be political suicide!

This is certainly a sad commentary for a supposedly "Christian" nation. What has happened to Christians in the world today that has caused such a lack of influence upon their governments? Christians today, by and large, are an apathetic lot. The passions of this world have overtaken any passion for the Lord. Winning the lottery is much more exciting than winning souls for Christ.

It all begins with each one of us, does it not? We cannot answer for our Christian friends and neighbors, but, before the Lord, we must answer for ourselves. We must ask ourselves, "Is God my King? If so, what plans of action have we put in place for growing in the Lord?"

Do we read the Bible systematically? Do we participate in Bible studies? Do we set aside a specific time each day to meditate and pray? These questions are just a start. You have all heard the saying, "If you shoot your arrow at nothing, that is exactly what you will get." What is your target? What is your plan of action?

You may say, "That all sounds good, but I do not have the time." In response, I would say, "As Christians we do not have the time not to do these things!" What is our purpose in life? Why are we here? Has God put us here to amass a fortune for ourselves and to indulge in all of the pleasures this life has to offer? 

Let us look at our perfect example:  Christ. He could have come to this earth in great pomp and ceremony; He could have chosen to live in great wealth and ease. Instead, He chose to be born into a poor family, working as a carpenter from a very young age. When He began His ministry, did He reach out to only the wealthy and prosperous men of His day? No! He went to the common people, presenting His Father, God, as the answer to all of their hopes and dreams, purposing by His death to purchase a people for Himself!

As we look to Jesus, we understand the ministry He has given to each one of His children. Each one is to nurture their own relationship with Christ, and then go to their peers, presenting Christ. No matter what a person's status in life may be, all need the Savior. That is the calling God has given to each of us; that defines our true purpose in this life.

No matter where we live or what we do, we must remember, "God is my King!"

God Bless You,
Linda

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