Seeing Jesus in Psalm 44 – The King

Psalm 44:4 -You are my King, O God; ordain salvation for Jacob!

We are fascinated by royalty, a few months ago in England a baby was born, a baby who will one day grow up to be a prince and perhaps a king.  Around the time of the birth people anxiously awaited the moment, reporters camped out outside of hospitals hoping to get a glimpse of the “royal couple” coming to deliver the “royal baby”.  Our culture was saturated with royal news.  People even made wagers based on what the forthcoming baby’s name would be.  And it wasn’t just in England it was all over the world.  We are a culture fascinated by royalty.

In reality that royalty doesn’t matter very much.  Don’t misunderstand me the baby is value just as every baby and every life is valuable.  He matters but no more than any other child.  This baby who one day will be king will not affect many of our lives at all, and yet we remain fascinated by royalty.  That is why David’s words in Psalm 44 should thrill us because David is talking about royalty.  This royalty however really does matter and this royalty will make all of the difference in our lives.  The one who King David writes about is real royalty, he is the King of Kings and Lord of Lords.  He is the one that v. 3 says “ordains salvation” for us.  This king makes all of the difference in the world.  If we know Him, we are a apart of His kingdom and we have the promise of everlasting life.  If we don’t then……..Make no mistake about it this King makes all the difference in the world.

When this King first walked the earth, He ended up crucified.  Dead on a horrible cross.  Death did not have the final word however as 3 days later He was raised from the dead, resurrected triumphant and alive.  He is our Living King and one day He will be our returning King.

The first time He came, He came as the “Lamb of God that takes away the sins of the world.”  When He returns however, He returns as the “Lion of the tribe of Judah.”  He returns as the King of Kings and Lord of Lords.

John gives us a frightening yet beautiful picture of that return in Revelation 19: “Then I saw heaven opened, and behold, a white horse! The one sitting on it is called Faithful and True, and in righteousness he judges and makes war. His eyes are like a flame of fire, and on his head are many diadems, and he has a name written that no one knows but himself. He is clothed in a robe dipped in blood, and the name by which He is called is the Word of God. And the armies of heaven, arrayed in fine linen, white and pure, were following Him on white horses. From His mouth comes a sharp sword with which to srrike down the nations, and He will rule them with a rod of iron.  He will tread the winepress of the fury of the wrath of God the Almighty.  On His robe and on His thigh He has a name written, King of Kings and Lord of Lorda.”

Who is John describing? Jesus, the King.  He is royalty and His royalty makes all the difference in the world.  So much so that He is either returning to make war against us (not a good thought is it?), or He is returning to welcome us home as His children.  He is the One True King who makes salvation possible for His children.  To God be the glory!

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