God Is Sending a King
"Blessed be the Lord God, the God of Israel, who only doeth wondrous things." (Psalm 72:18)
Do you ever wish you could be a king or queen? It seems like kings and queens have everything! They have whatever food they want. They have servants to do their every bidding. People have to bow down to them out of respect. They tell their military leaders when to go to war. They can give away their money or jewels to whomever they want. It seems like being a king or queen would be the best thing in all the world.
David was a king, but he knew that his subjects, the people of Israel, deserved a better king than he was. So he prayed for a great king to rule perfectly over Israel. He wrote this prayer down in Psalm 72.
God is going to send a righteous king (vv.1-3, 7). Because God's king will treat all people fairly, whether they are rich or poor, there will be peace for a very long time. When God's king rules, there will be peace all over the world. God's king will rule "from sea to sea and....unto the ends of the earth" (v. 8). Kings from all over the world, including places such as Spain and Saudi Arabia, will come to him with gifts because of how great he is.
God is going to send a king who will protect the "poor and needy" from evil. He will "redeem their soul from deceit and violence." This king will care for his people so much that he will protect them not only from physical danger but also from spiritual harm.
God is going to send a king who will rule forever! Sometimes people in history have been glad when a king died, because he was not a good king. But the king that God will send will be blessed that means honored by all nations because of how wonderful he is.
So David blesses the Lord God because He will do the wondrous thing of sending this great king. David did not know who the king would be, but you and I do. Jesus is the king! When the wise men came looking for Jesus, they asked where the King of the Jews would be born. At the triumphal entry the people called Jesus a king. When Jesus spoke to Pilate at His trial, He told Pilate about His kingdom. Jesus is the king for whom David prayed.
God has sent a King for you to honor and that King is coming again!
» King Jesus came once to redeem sinners, and He is coming again to be King of All. Are you praying for Him to come as David prayed? Are you expecting Him to come as David expected Him?
Truth In Real Life
“O for a thousand tongues to sing my great Redeemer’s praise!”
Charles Wesley has been called many things, including “the great hymn writer of all ages” and “the Father of Sacred Song.” Born the eighteenth child in his family on December 18, 1707, he wrote over 6,500 hymns in his 80 years of life. Some of his most famous hymns include “Rock of Ages,” “Hark! the Herald Angels Sing,” and “Just As I Am.”
Charles Wesley was perhaps influenced most profoundly by his godly mother, Susannah Wesley. Despite the fact that there were always a number of children around her, Susannah determined to spend time with each of them. She was known for being a strict but loving mother. Her biggest concern was that her children, including Charles, would grow up to love Jesus Christ.
He was a smart and gifted young man, and people admired him. When he was 15 years old, his father received a letter from a wealthy Irish man offering to adopt Charles Wesley and make him the heir of all he owned. Instead, the teenager chose to stay with his family. The wealthy Irish man ended up adopting another boy, who would come to be known as “Lord Wellesley.” This young man grew up to conquer Napoleon at Waterloo. Both Charles Wesley and Lord Wellesley influenced history, but in vastly different ways.
In college, the Wesley brothers (Charles and his brother John) started the “Holy Club” – a group responsible for visiting the sick, praying for the unsaved, and reading the Bible. Over time, many great men of faith would participate in this group.
For fifty years, Wesley traveled on horseback, preaching the truth wherever he went. After his death, a monument was placed in his honor which read, “God buries His workmen, but carries on His work.”
What are you doing to carry on God’s work today? Are you thinking of ways that you can bring honor to God? You may not accomplish something that looks great in the eyes of the world (like conquering a famous general-emperor), but you can influence many people for the sake of the Gospel!
Ephesians 2:10 – For we are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand that we should walk in them.