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Sunday, February 13, 2011

Psalms 10:16-18

"The LORD is King forever and ever; the nations will perish from his land.  You hear, O LORD, the desire of the afflicted; you encourage them, and you listen to their cry, defending the fatherless and the oppressed, in order that man, who is of the earth, may terrify no more."

It is fascinating to me that the end to this psalm begins with a statement of Christ's Kingship.  It is a confession that Jesus Christ is Lord forever and ever who has all power and authority to establish and tear down kings and kingdoms.  And yet, this is contrasted with a different sort of King, one who "encourages" (the Hebrew reads something like "you repair the hearts of") the afflicted and defends the fatherless and the oppressed from "terrifying men".    Imagine a king who took it personally upon himself to cheer you up when you are downcast, who goes out of his way to bind up your broken heart.  Can you believe this is the King who reigns forever and ever?  It's true.

Jesus Christ is LORD.  While he was on Earth, he did exactly these things and now that God the Father has raised him from the dead and exalted him to His right hand and gave him dominion over all the Earth, he continues to reign with justice and mercy.  God has not promised that we never suffer or have man "terrify" us, he promised to be there for us when we are.

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