4All the kings of the earth shall praise thee, O LORD, when they hear the words of thy mouth.
5Yea, they shall sing in the ways of the LORD: for great is the glory of the LORD.
6Though the LORD be high, yet hath he respect unto the lowly: but the proud he knoweth afar off.
(Psalm 138:4-6, King James Version)
All the Kings
It is easy to take a quick read through the Bible, and miss some of the subtle gems along the way by doing so. Such is definitely the case with Psalm 138, for example, with the word, "all." All the kings of the earth shall praise thee, O LORD, when they hear the words of thy mouth."
How can that possibly be true? In our 21st century, I cannot fathom that the leaders of Iraq, Iran, Russia, China, and North Korea, just to name of a few, will actually praise the Lord. To what is the Psalmist referring?
It is good for us to realize that God is not a creature of time like us. We are bound by time--even ruled by it in some cases. Yet God, being eternal, sees all of the events of our world like one huge panorama of life. We are bound by the 60 or 70 years (more or less) of time in which we live on this earth, but God already sees the entire canvas as a completed picture. Consequently we see little threads of life, but do not get the advantage of seeing the completed work, at least not yet!
When the Psalmist makes such a bold statement as found in verse 4, he is viewing life from God's perspective. It is true, that at the end of time, when all truth is revealed, every single ruler that ever lived, as well as every man, woman, and child, will bow the knee before the Lord God Almighty and praise His name. When they hear the words of His mouth, they will, indeed, sing in the ways of the Lord, for only then will they understand how great is the glory of the LORD.
Then, too, will verse 3 take place. For though the LORD is high, yet He will have respect to the lowly--to those who lived their lives in the honor and glory of His name. Yet those who scoffed at the name of the Lord, He will only know afar off, for they will never be ushered into His glorious eternal kingdom. Though we shudder to think of such things, we must realize that both bring glory to God. He is glorified by those who loved and followed Him on this earth, and He is glorified by those who spend eternity in the lake of fire, for, finally, true justice will have been served.
It is not easy for us to think in those terms, for as creatures of this earth, sin is always crouching at our doors. Just when we think we have conquered one sin, another is peeking its head into our lives. We cannot, at this time, imagine a time when sin will have no more power over us. We cannot imagine a time when the purity of God's righteousness will so dominate our being that sin, and all of its temptations, will be forgotten forever!
Our greatest difficulty, in serving the Lord, often comes from within our very own hearts. Except for the blood of Christ, which washes away all of our sins, we would be eternally condemned. What an amazing God we serve, Who saved us, keeps us, and will bring us safely into His kingdom to live with Him forever!
All the kings of this earth will praise and glorify the name of God, as will all people. What a glorious day that will be!
God Bless You,