God Has Installed His King On Zion
4 The One enthroned in heaven laughs;
the Lord scoffs at them.
5 He rebukes them in his anger
and terrifies them in his wrath, saying,
6 “I have installed my king
on Zion, my holy mountain.”
7 I will proclaim the Lord’s decree:
He said to me, “You are my son;
today I have become your father.
8 Ask me,
and I will make the nations your inheritance,
the ends of the earth your possession.
9 You will break them with a rod of iron;
you will dash them to pieces like pottery.”
The nations conspire today as they have done millennia ago to be free from the perceived shackles that they feel under the watchful eyes of Almighty God. They seek to be free from His gaze and His word, to do as they want to do apart from His will and His word. They spurn the rightful ruler that has placed them in places of power and autonomy, and seek to do their own will. Little do they realize that this is the same pattern that their father, the devil, followed when he rebelled against Almighty God.
But take heart! Just as the devil and a third of the host of heaven were properly trounced and rebuked, so shall the evil rulers that seek to shake off the yoke placed upon them by Almighty God to do His bidding for His glory. For they have failed to realize that Almighty God has already installed His King upon Zion.
King of Kings
God has foretold of the coming of Messiah, and here is another prophecy concerning His rule. God has placed The Lord Jesus Christ upon the throne to be King of kings and Lord of lords. His rule will extend to all creation. Every knee shall bow and every tongue shall confess that Jesus Christ is Lord. They shall do this now, willingly bowing to Him, or later, compelled at His throne, for all will be under His rule. He offers peace to those who would willingly yield themselves to Him now under His benevolent rule. But He will soon become a Just Judge for those who spurn His righteous authority.
Through the psalmist, God declares that the coming of Jesus Christ in the flesh will be His Son, and God will be His Father. There is no ambiguity in this claim. The nations have become His inheritance, and the Earth his possession. And this is rightly so, for the Word that became flesh, at the behest of the Father, spoke all creation into existence. What was rightfully His and wrongfully sold to the enemy through the sin of Adam was reclaimed by the perfect life, death, and resurrection of Jesus Christ. He holds the keys to death and Hades, and awaits the command from His Father to rightfully reclaim all that is His.
And when the Son of God appears in the clouds in glory, with the final trump of God, with the voice of the Archangel, He will mete out justice as the lion of Judah. No longer will the wicked overpower the weak. No longer will there be pain and suffering for His children. No longer will He suffer the pain caused to His loved ones by His enemy. He will rightly judge the nations. He will break them with a rod of iron, and dash them to pieces like poverty.
The nations celebrate Christmas as a time of giving gifts and cherishing family. Let us not forget that the Son has come, and will soon come again. Let us prepare our hearts to receive the King, for His return is imminent and without delay.
42 “Therefore keep watch, because you do not know on what day your Lord will come. 43 But understand this: If the owner of the house had known at what time of night the thief was coming, he would have kept watch and would not have let his house be broken into. 44 So you also must be ready, because the Son of Man will come at an hour when you do not expect him.”
A Qualifying Question
Let’s ask a question: Is my heart prepared for the return of the King of kings and Lord of lords?
A short prayer of preparation:
Father in Heaven, You have made clear to us that Your Son, Jesus Christ, is the rightful ruler of all creation. Thank You for giving us this opportunity to worship Him in truth and in spirit. Thank You for sending the most precious of gifts to us for our redemption. Thank You for sending our Savior. Help us now prepare our hearts for the coming return of our King, and set aside our personal desires and goals that we may submit ourselves without reservation to You. Throughout history You have declared Your righteousness and our need for it. Give us strength and courage to do what is needed to prepare for the coming return of Jesus. Help us to look up to see the sign of the Son of man in heaven, for He is coming and quickly. Let us not be distracted by our Earthly pursuits, but rather let us be engaged in learning Your word and filling up with the oil of the Spirit of God. Prepare us as Your bride, and help us to be clothed as You have commanded so that we will be prepared on the great and awesome day of the return of Your Son. Amen.
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