Worshiping Kings

‘On the first day of the sixth month in the second year of King Darius, The word of the LORD came through the prophet Haggai”  (Haggai 1:1-8)

“King Darius issued an order to the officials of West-of-Euphrates: “Let the governor and the elders of the Jews continue the work on that house of God” (Ezra 6:7-8)

“In the first year of Cyrus, king of Persia, in order to fulfill the word of the LORD spoken by Jeremiah”  (Ezra 1:1-5)

Proverbs 21:1 “The king’s heart is a stream of water in the hand of the Lord; he turns it wherever he will.”

God’s plan for His future kingdom includes kings.  

Psalm 72:11 “All the kings of the earth shall give thanks to you, O LORD when they hear the words of your mouth; And they shall sing of the ways of the LORD. Great is the glory of the LORD.”

King David and King Louis IX saw their share of earthly glory but nothing compared to the “great glory of God.”

Think for a moment of all the godly kings praising the king of Kings.   Alfred the Great of Wessex, Karl I of Austria, Vladimir I of Kiev, Wenceslaus of Bohemia and even the great Roman emperor, Constantine.

How often do I pray for President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador (Mexico)?

Occasionally I pray for President Trump.  But, how often do I pray for President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador (Mexico) or the Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau?

Paul asks us to pray and give thanks for kings (cf. Romans 13).  Paul’s king was soon to be the Roman Emperor Nero who unleased intense persecution on the church. Today’s Nero includes: Kim Jong-Un (North Korea); President Ashraf Ghani (Afghanistan);  President Mohamed (Somalia) and Prime Minister Fayez al-Sarraj (Libya)

Revelation 6:10 offers us a model prayer:  “They (the martyrs include North Korean, Afghanistani etc) called out in a loud voice, “How long, Sovereign Lord, holy and true, until you judge the inhabitants of the earth and avenge our blood?”

 

 

 

 

Author: gbradepp

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