Words from the Heart for Sunday November 18th, 2018
Every king in all the earth will thank you, Lord, for all of them will hear your words. Yes, they will sing about the Lord’s ways, for the glory of the Lord is very great.
Psalm 138:4 (NLT)
It is cause for celebration when we hear a public official give praise to the Lord. Yet, the word of the Lord can benefit any government. Let us believe for this psalm to become louder across our world. And, let us believe for the leadership of our land to give glory to our great God.
The history of monarchy in Canada stretches from pre-colonial times through to the present day. Canada’s monarchical status began in 1534 with the establishment of the French colony of New France in the name of King Francis I. A previous claim was made by England in the name of King Henry VII in 1497 when John Cabot made landfall in what is thought to be modern day Newfoundland or Nova Scotia. Canada’s first European monarchs instigated, funded, and supported the exploration and settlement of the country.
One of the reasons I love the Psalms is because so many of them were written by a King named David. This was a man who ruled one of the world’s great nations and who constantly looked to the Lord for wisdom, redemption and strength. The Bible records kings of all stripes – faithful and pagan – proclaiming that authority of the King of kings. David writes this in Psalm 138:4, “Every king in all the earth will thank you, Lord, for all of them will hear your words. Yes, they will sing about the Lord’s ways, for the glory of the Lord is very great.” David has the uncanny ability to look to a great day when God would rule over every earthly power and authority. These men, who because of their position are often pompous and proud, will instead bow their knee to the God who has all authority. There is a day coming when the most powerful of the earth will recognize that their power is insignificant compared to the power of Almighty God. If this is true of earthly kings and rulers, how much more is it true for us? Have you bowed your knee to him?
These have been words from the heart.