Words from the Heart for Thursday June 22nd, 2017
But the king shall rejoice in God; everyone who swears by Him shall glory; but the mouth of those who speak lies shall be stopped.
Psalm 63:11 (NKJV)
The King Shall Rejoice
Perhaps we might think that a king would think he has no need of God. He is the one everyone looks toward. However, the king mentioned in this verse is different. He is freely celebrating and rejoicing in God. Even those of high rank are quick to say that the Lord is higher still.
As we approach Canada’s 150th birthday on July 1, we continue our biographies of Canada’s Fathers of Confederation. Sir Alexander Campbell was born in England, and was brought to Canada by his doctor father when he an infant. Fluently bilingual, having been educated in Ste. Hyacinthe, Quebec and Kingston, Ontario, Campbell attended both the Charlottetown and Quebec conferences in 1864 and at Confederation was appointed to the Senate. Campbell was Sir John A. MacDonald’s law partner in Kingston and when MacDonald formed his first cabinet, he appointed Campbell as Minister of Justice and Attorney General, and later as Canada’s Postmaster General. Campbell died in Toronto in 1892 while serving as Ontario’s sixth Lieutenant Governor and is buried in Kingston, Ontario.
We think of kings and queens as all powerful, particularly in the days before Parliamentary democracies and limited monarchies. Certainly in the day of King David monarchs were all powerful and their words held the power of life and death over their people. Which makes the words of King David in Psalm 63:11 so profound: “But the king shall rejoice in God; everyone who swears by Him shall glory; but the mouth of those who speak lies shall be stopped.” David is speaking about himself here. The entire Psalm is one of David praising the Lord, having experienced God’s power and glory. He speaks of remembering God throughout the day and during the watches of the night. And he ends with the verse that is our focus for today – the king will rejoice in God. This is a powerful statement. The king who rules over one of the most powerful kingdoms of his day, whose word is all powerful, is publically recognizing that God is the Lord. It is a profound statement of David’s humility. He recognizes his own limitations and his need for the powerful God that is the Lord of Israel. If this is true of David, how much more true is it of us? We do not find ourselves among the most powerful people of the world. But our God is more powerful than the most powerful on this planet. And only when we, in humility, recognize the greatness of our God, and our need for Him, do we experience His fullness in our lives.
These have been words from the heart.
For stories of how Canada was founded on Christian principles, see our new book ‘One Dominion’