Praying through the Psalms: Kings, Queens and a refuge to the nations

image-1Why do the nations conspire and the peoples plot in vain? The kings of the earth rise up and the rulers band together against the Lord and against his anointed, saying, “Let us break their chains and throw off their shackles.”

The One enthroned in heaven laughs, the Lord scoffs a them. He rebukes them in his anger and terrifies them in his wrath, saying, “I have installed my king on Zion, my holy mountain.” I will proclaim the Lord’s decree: He said to me, “You are my son; today I have become your father. Ask me, and I will make the nations your inheritance, the ends of the earth your possession. You will break them with a rod of Iron, you will dash them to pieces like pottery.”

Therefore, you kings, be wise; be warned, you rulers of the earth. Serve the Lord with fear and celebrate his rule with trembling. Kiss his son, or he will be angry and your way will lead to your destruction, for his wrath can flare up in a moment.

Blessed are all who take refuge in him. Psalm 2

Your refuge is in Jesus. Your hope is in him alone. I have given you my son as the King of your life and your heart. Yes, there are men who puff themselves up and become harsh dictators of those I love. There are women who lead out of deception, wooing people with words of folly. But these are not your source of hope. They are like pottery easily broken.

My son Jesus, is the only true King. His rule is perfect. His way is love. His face is ever towards you and His heart, always for you. You belong to him. Even rulers, the kings and queens of the earth must bow to Him, for He alone is Wise in all things and He alone is a refuge for the nations. Your safety is found in Him, not in great armies or powerful rulers. Men and women, kings and queens, all people who fill the earth come and find your hope in Jesus. Come and find your home in Him. Serve Him and celebrate his rulership over all you do for He is good, His way is love and he alone is your refuge.

PRAY

Father you are good. Your Kingdom is full of life and beauty and hope. Your rule will always lead towards life. Thank you that your rule over me can never be shaken by an outside source. Thank you that kings and queens can never strip me of my obedience to you and belonging to your family. Thank you that the fruit of your Spirit with in me can not be ruled out, for there is no law that banishes love, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, gentleness and self-control.

Forgive me for handing the rulership of my life over to earthly sources: great teachers, polished politicians, harsh rulers, threatening dictators, authoritative pastors, family, friends and enemies alike. I turn my face away from them and turn towards you as my source, my hope and the ruler of my life’s way. Amen

 

 

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