Scripture: Psalm 47
Key verse: (7) “For God is king of all the earth; sing praises with a psalm.”
Reflection: Lest we forget, let me get straight to the point: Christ is Risen and reigns as king. Period. Take a moment and read all of Psalm 47 (just click the link above!) What a joyful psalm, what a hope filled psalm, what a faithful psalm.
The Israelites, however, weren’t always quick to claim God as their king. If you read throughout the Old Testament you will find the narrative of God choosing Abraham to create a great nation, God guiding Isaac and Jacob, God calling Moses to bring the people out of Egypt and into their own land. The history of God’s people is one utterly dependent upon God from their conception through their journey in the wilderness, and into the promised land. But as soon as the people were settled, as soon as comfort and false signs of self-sufficiency crept in, as soon as the people look around at other nations and saw kingdoms with palaces and armies, God’s people wanted more. Denying God as their beginning and their end, their support and their safe haven, they asked for a king of their own.
God’s people today are not unlike the Israelites, we often hold onto our false sense of self-sufficiency, we see neighbors and want what they have, we forget about our utter dependence upon God and God’s abundant grace and provision, and we ask for other kings in our lives. I wonder what those “replacement kings” may be for you.
But the good news is that whatever we try to place above God, Christ still reigns. Christ is risen and reigns as king. In this time of uncertainty, of our worlds and systems being turned upside down, our dependence upon something and someone other than ourselves is clear. May we recognize our true king as Christ, holding loosely to all else and holding fast to our faith.
Prayer: Faithful God, we give you thanks that you call us as your people. We praise you that you care for us, even when we turn from you. Guide our eyes and our hearts to focus on your kingdom, our beginning and our end, and by your Spirit may we make that kingdom known more each and every day. Amen.
Author: John Magnuson
[Scripture quotations are from New Revised Standard Version Bible, copyright © 1989 National Council of the Churches of Christ in the United States of America. Used by permission. All rights reserved].