God is the King of Glory
"Who is this King of glory? The LORD strong and mighty, the LORD mighty in battle…Who is this King of glory? The LORD of hosts, he is the King of glory." (Psalm 24: 8, 10)
Have you ever imagined that you were a prince or a princess? Have you ever imagined that someday you would rule a kingdom all your own? Wouldn't it be great if we could all be princes and princesses? Sadly, it doesn't work that way. We can't ALL be princes and princesses.
One of the songwriters in the Bible called God the "King of glory." What do you suppose it means to be the "King of glory"? Doesn't a king normally have a kingdom and people to rule? How do you rule over glory? The word "glory" means "great honor, praise, or distinction." The word "king" means "one who is supreme or preeminent." If you put the two words together, "king of glory" means "one who is supreme or preeminent in great honor, praise, or distinction."
God is the one and only true King of glory. He is the only One Who deserves our worship and honor. We can praise people and things, but God deserves our highest praise much more than people or things do.
The world does praise movie stars and sports players, talking all the time about how great so-and-so is. Someone who has a unique skill might be called "king" of it as a way of showing that he has earned high honor for himself. A great basketball player might be called "King of Hoops," or a great baseball player might be called "King of Diamonds." Usually, when a human being is famous for being good at something, he is only good at that one thing. Some basketball players could never fix their car's engine. Some movie stars could not swing a baseball bat.
But Whose greatness should believers be constantly talking about? Who is the King Who deserves the highest glory? That is really the question that the songwriter is asking in Psalm 24: "Who is this King of glory?" And both of these verses answer the same way: "The LORD." Each of the verses gives different characteristics of God. He is "strong and mighty," "strong in battle," and "the LORD of hosts." But the King Who has all these characteristics is just one Person--the one true God.
How should we honor and praise the "King of glory"? We can start by admitting God is Who He says He is, and obey Him and behave toward others as though God really exists. We can sing songs to praise God, tell God we love Him, and tell other people about how God is the one and only "King of glory." When we do right, we are giving praise to the Lord.
God is the King of glory, and we ought to honor Him.
» Am I admitting and acting like God is the King of glory?
Truth In Real Life
“There is no success without sacrifice.”
He was three years old when he read an entire chapter of the Bible to his father. He was ten years old when he took navigation lessons. He was sixteen years old when he went to college. He was twenty years old when he trusted Jesus Christ as his Lord and Savior.
On August 9, 1788, Adoniram Judson was born in a worn-down wooden house in Malden, Massachusetts. From the time he was a little boy, he was more interested in reading than in playing with his friends. He intended to grow up and become a lawyer or a government official, and he was certainly smart enough to do both! Following college, he started his own school and wrote his own textbooks. Then God took hold of Judson’s life.
Judson dedicated his life to Christ and to the mission field of India on December 2, 1808. He and his wife Ann became the first Protestant missionaries ever to be sent from North America (they became Baptists while studying during their boat trip to India).
After working in India, they moved their ministry to Burma. Using the incredible intelligence God gave him, Judson translated the Bible into Burmese, wrote hymns, inspired missionaries to join him on the field, and shared God’s message of salvation wherever he went. He took only one furlough (a break or vacation), and he died during his last voyage home.
Back when he was in seminary, Judson sent a letter to his future wife. It said, “I have some hope that I shall be enabled to keep this in mind, in whatever I do – IS IT PLEASING TO GOD?”
How often do we ask ourselves that important question? Whom do we seek to please? How about when no one is looking – are you constantly seeking to live your life before God? God is pleased and honored when we seek to glorify and enjoy Him.
Galatians 1:10 – For do I now persuade men, or God? Or do I seek to please men? For if I still pleased men, I would not be a bondservant of Christ.