Monday, October 20, 2008

Christ the Lord is King

The LORD is King forever and ever; nations have perished from His land. Psalm 10:16

Sometimes I am so disappointed and downright disgusted with what is happening in our world. I hardly ever watch the news anymore, and when I do, I end up wishing I wasn’t. I don’t think it’s a stretch to say that most people in our country, and across the world, have forsaken the Word of the Lord. Many people have stopped living by any moral code, much less the Biblical standard, and they have devised a new moral code, based on their own feelings or what they think is right. It reminds me of what was happening in the book of Judges:

In those days there was no king in Israel; every man did what was right in his own eyes. Judges 17:6

Have you ever read Judges? It is fascinating. And it is clear what “what was right” was different for each person and led to much disaster. After all,

The heart is more deceitful than all else and is desperately sick; who can understand it? Jeremiah 17:9

The people of Israel wanted their own human King – the other nations had them, and they wanted to be like them. But God wanted to be Israel’s king, and Israel just didn’t get it.

I see so many parallels in our world today – although we have government rulers on a regional, state and national level, God is still our King. Many in our world don’t live in a way that honors, or even acknowledges, God as King. But He is still King. He has established standards for us, and when we do what is right in our own eyes, we invariably go against those standards. In other words, we sin.

As believers in Christ, we are set free from our slavery to sin. However, we live in a world full of people who I believe to be increasingly enslaved in their immorality, selfishness and disregard for Christ. Let us pray that these people would repent and proclaim Christ as King in their lives.

…if My people who are called by My name humble themselves and pray and seek My face and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, will forgive their sin and will heal their land.
II Chron. 7:14

Christ the Lord is King
Words by Fanny Crosby

Shout for joy, ye holy throng,
Christ the Lord is King;
Angel harps, the sound prolong,
Christ the Lord is King.

Bear the news from pole to pole,
Spread the truth from sea to sea,
Lo! the Prince of life and glory
King of Heav’n and earth shall be.

Shout for joy, ye nations all,
Christ the Lord is King;
Crowns before His throne shall fall,
Christ the Lord is King.

He Who rent the boasting grave,
Christ the Lord is King;
He Who lives the lost to save,
Christ the Lord is King.

Shout for joy, ye realms of night,
Christ the Lord is King;
Hail the beams of Gospel light,
Christ the Lord is King.


Janna said...

I wonder what things would look like if just half the people in the world (or even in the U.S.) followed God's principles for their lives. Of course I realize how often I fall short too. Let's just keep praying.

A Dusty Frame said...

You're so right!
One thing I try to remember is that we cannot expect sinners to behave in any other way.
What disappoints me is the Christians (yes we are sinners too) behaving like unregenerate people!

Thanks for participating.