Sunday, January 20, 2013

David the King

 11The LORD hath sworn in truth unto David; he will not turn from it; Of the fruit of thy body will I set upon thy throne.
 12If thy children will keep my covenant and my testimony that I shall teach them, their children shall also sit upon thy throne for evermore. 
(Psalm 132:11-12, King James Version)

David the King

Psalm 132 contains a conditional promise to David, the king, that if his children would keep God's covenant, then they would sit upon the throne forever. Has that promise been fulfilled, and if so, how is it related to us today, especially if we are not descendants of the Israelites of David's time?

After having more than 2000 years pass by, this is a very interesting promise of God. Has it been kept by God? Yes! None of God's promises have ever failed. Though the Jewish people were scattered, due to their lack of keeping God's commands, yet today the nation of Israel exists as a testimony of God's fulfillment of His promises to His people. Yet, that is not the only fulfillment of this promise.

An even greater testimony exists in the establishment of God's church which has spread from Jesus' ministry on this earth. Through Peter and Paul, God opened His church to more than just those of the Jewish heritage when Gentiles were presented with the Gospel of Christ. God's church today consists of all true believers, and represents people from all nations on the earth.

Though the church has no physical earthly king, our Lord Jesus Christ who was physically descended from David has fulfilled God's promise given to David in Psalm 132. Christ, our King of Kings and Lord or Lord does and will rule His church for eternity. His people are His spiritual descendants, but not necessarily those who are descended from Him physically.

Why was David so beloved of God? David was a man after God's own heart--a man who kept his first love. We, as children of God today, are called, just as was David to stand in the gap as faithful children of God. Unlike David, we have the entire Word of God to guide and direct us in the way we should go.

Let us, as God's children, take up our clarion call and turn away from the ways of this world. Let us turn our hearts and our lives completely to God, our First Love, that we may live for Him and serve Him all of our days upon this earth. We have a God-ordained job to do. First we must set our own hearts in order, and then we must live faithfully for Him that the world may see the true testimony of those who truly love the Lord.

God our great and wondrous Lord and King calls us to a life of service for Him. Let us take up His Word, read and study its pages, and pray that He will, through His Spirit, apply its truths to our lives that we may be living examples of Christ our King.

Like David the King, may we faithfully live our remaining days to the glory of God alone.

God Bless You,

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