Praying through the Psalms

Praying through the Psalms

Thursday, July 6, 2017

Lead Like Jesus!

Psalm 45

For the director of music. To the tune of “Lilies.” Of the Sons of Korah. A maskil. A wedding song.

My heart is stirred by a noble theme
    as I recite my verses for the king;
    my tongue is the pen of a skillful writer.
You are the most excellent of men
    and your lips have been anointed with grace,
    since God has blessed you forever.
Gird your sword on your side, you mighty one;
    clothe yourself with splendor and majesty.
In your majesty ride forth victoriously
    in the cause of truth, humility and justice;
    let your right hand achieve awesome deeds.
Let your sharp arrows pierce the heartsof the king’s enemies;
    let the nations fall beneath your feet.
Your throne, O God,[c] will last for ever and ever;
    a scepter of justice will be the scepter of your kingdom.

This is one of the royal psalms that uplifts the King of Israel as the Anointed One, but also foresees Jesus as the ultimate Messiah and King. The main thrust of this psalm is the marriage of the king to his bride the queen.  In the verses above, we see the noble character of the King, as evidenced by his graceful words. Yet one can also see the King is a mighty warrior, who fights for truth, humility and justice. Again you see a foreshadowing to King Jesus, the humble, servant king. 

Verse 6 shows the eternal nature of this King. In His marriage to the bride they have many sons and daughters, which carries on His legacy forever. When John the Baptist first beheld Jesus, the coming King, he said, "Behold the kingdom is at hand."  Jesus embodied the power and righteousness of the kingdom, which was "at hand" at his arrival. He ushered in the kingdom by all he said and did.  He spoke gracious words, was perfect in character, but also a mighty warrior fighting for justice and truth. 

Now the church is the bride of Christ, which Paul says in Ephesians is a holy mystery. We are daughters and sons of the King, which makes us royal family members.  As members of the royal family, we have an inheritance in heaven. As we live on earth we live out the kingdom values in the same way our Lord and Savior did on earth.  

Thoughout world history including the present day, we have seen many bad examples of kings and queens in leadership.  Jesus was the ultimate leader, from which all leaders could learn from his example.  Jesus showed most clearly the heart of his leadership by washing his disciples feet.  A King on his knees washing his servant's feet .... Wow!

Lead like Jesus!

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