Growing up in Norway during the post-war years, I loved our king.
The tales of his kindness and courage during the Nazi occupation had continued to
inspire our nation, and he became my model for goodness and courage. Like him, I wanted to be brave enough to die rather than surrender
to any enemy.
Years later I learned that this heroic leader was
nothing compared to my heavenly King. Yet my earthly king and his inspiring legacy built
a mental picture of pure and approachable majesty that I continue to treasure. I began
to see that we, His bride and Church, resemble a nation of loyal subjects who -
love and obey their King
- discover in their common goal and
spiritual warfare a blessed fellowship that can rarely be found apart from
pain and persecution
- refuse to compromise, and
- persevere until death -- or until the
war is won.
But no finite human
words or imitations can do justice to the greatness and glory of the Sovereign Ruler of
the universe. Some of His faithful servants have tried to share what they saw of His glory, but their
finite, earthly words offer only glimpses of His heavenly splendor:
Isaiah "saw the Lord
sitting on a throne, high and lifted up, and the train of His robe filled the temple."
Three of His
Him "transfigured before them. His face shone like the sun, and His clothes
became as white as the light."
The Psalmist knew well that earthly
rulers would rebel. Now as then they conspire together to unseat our King,
defeat His people and silence His Word:
"Why do the
nations rage, and the people plot a vain thing?
The kings of the earth set themselves, and the rulers take counsel
Against the Lord and against His Anointed, saying,
'Let us break Their bonds in pieces and cast away Their cords from
He who sits in the heavens shall laugh; the Lord shall hold them in
Then He shall speak to them in His wrath,
And distress them in His deep displeasure:
'Yet I have set My King on My holy hill of Zion.'...
Blessed are all those who put their trust in Him."
Psalm 2:1-6, 12
Ezekiel saw this almighty King and
wrote, "Like the appearance of a rainbow in a cloud on a rainy day, so was the
appearance of the brightness all around it. This was the appearance of the likeness of
the glory of the Lord. So when I saw it, I fell on my face...." Ezekiel 1:28
John, too, fell at
the feet of Him whose "countenance was like the sun shining in its strength."
Decades earlier, this beloved disciple had watched his
beloved Master enter Jerusalem riding humbly on a donkey. Now he bowed before the glorified,
triumphant King of Kings.
This mighty King now
dwells in me! The amazing wonder of God's eternal mystery is "Christ in you, the hope of
I was "born again"
into His Kingdom when I trusted and received this majestic King as my Savior and Lord. Now He is
patiently teaching me the thoughts and ways of the Kingdom; for I can enjoy the
wonderful promises and privileges of my royal relationship only as I fully enter into my
new citizenship. "For
is in heaven..."
I cannot carry the
keys to His armory and treasure house unless I share the concerns and fight the battles
of the Kingdom. For the power and authority of the King are effective only for carrying
out His purposes -- not for gratifying my contrary earthly wants.
Having crossed the
border with my King, I hear His gentle reminder, "Don't look back. You now belong to me!
If you will commit yourself totally to Me and My purpose, the joy we will
share for eternity is beyond anything you can imagine. "
So, now I must
trust, follow and obey my King. My homeland is heaven, and I can never again be comfortable living the
life of the world. Walking with Jesus and sharing His joys and concerns, I keep
learning more about the life of peace and victory in the wonderful presence of my King.
Each day He
sends me into the world as His ambassador. On my own, I only stumble and fall,
distorting His message and shaming my King. But by His grace, I may honor Him
and reflect His goodness. Since He knows my needs and weaknesses, He
not only equips me for service, He also intercedes for me so that I not forget or neglect His
promised provision for daily service. In
His prayer for His disciples two thousand years ago, He added
a special reference to you and me:
do not pray for these alone, but also for those who will believe in Me through their
word; that they all may be one, as You, Father, are in Me, and I in You; that they also
may be one in Us, that the world may believe that You sent Me."
John 17:20-21 [also Hebrews 7:25; Romans 8:26-27; 1 John 2:1]
One day, after the sound of
the seventh trumpet
and the cleansing of the earth, we will celebrate together and sing the songs of heaven. For the
"kingdoms of this world [will] have become the
kingdoms of our Lord... and He shall reign forever and ever!"
"Now to the King
eternal, immortal, invisible, to God who alone is wise, be honor and glory forever and
ever. Amen." Revelation 11:17
Precious King, take my hand and lead me - hour by hour and day by day. Make me a
vessel fit for your life, and fill me to overflowing with your sweet love and
overcoming life. Then draw my heart close to yours, so that I would hear your
voice and obey your Word in the midst of all the world's tempting distractions
and confusing demands. Thank you, my Lord and my King. How great Thou art!