Words from the Heart for Tuesday May 23rd, 2017
Your throne, O God, is forever and ever; a scepter of righteousness is the scepter of Your kingdom.
Psalm 45:6 (NKJV)
Your Throne Is Forever
This verse can only describe our great and glorious King. Hundreds of years before Jesus came it was a prophetic song. Today we know He came and gave His life and rose again. He has all authority in heaven and earth. His is an eternal kingdom. His rule is always in perfect righteousness.
In Canada’s political system, each session of Parliament begins with the Speech from the Throne. The Speech, which is usually given by the Governor General, unless the Queen is in Canada at the time, sets out the broad goals and directions of the government and the various initiatives it will take to achieve those goals. The Speech from the Throne is so called because it is read from the throne in the Senate Chambers, with all the Senators, Members of the House of Commons and the justices of the Supreme Court of Canada present. The reason that the Speech is read in the Senate is because under the British Westminster parliamentary system, neither the Monarch nor the unelected members of the Upper Chamber are allowed in the House of Commons.
Rulers come and rulers go. Queen Elizabeth is being celebrated as the longest reigning monarch in British history and it is only six decades, which is a mere blip in the history of the world. What a contrast to how David describes the King of kings and Lord of lords. Psalm 45:6 says “Your throne, O God, is forever and ever; a scepter of righteousness is the scepter of Your kingdom.” Every human being, king or pauper, president or prime minister, powerful or powerless, will one day bow their knee before the God of the universe. In David’s day, the king’s authority was symbolized by the scepter than he held in his right hand. A person couldn’t enter his presence unless the scepter was pointed towards him or her. We see this illustrated in the book of Esther, when her husband points the scepter of recognition towards her, allowing her to enter into his presence. David understood that God’s scepter was unique – it was the scepter of righteousness and until He cleanses us and purifies us, we cannot come before Him. This is where Jesus comes in. Through His death on the Cross, He has taken the punishment on Himself that we deserve because of our sin. Jesus has become God’s scepter of righteousness, and so we enter into the presence of God the eternal King through repentant faith in Him as our Saviour and Lord. That is an eternal promise from the king of the eternal Kingdom.
These have been words from the heart.