Intolerance ∙

Intolerance

Anyone who teaches something different is arrogant and lacks understanding. Such a person has an unhealthy desire to quibble over the meaning of words. This stirs up arguments ending in jealousy, division, slander, and evil suspicions. These people always cause trouble. Their minds are corrupt, and they have turned their backs on the truth. – 1 Timothy 6:4-5

2 Timothy 4:2-5

 2 Preach the word of God. Be prepared, whether the time is favorable or not. Patiently correct, rebuke, and encourage your people with good teaching.

 3 For a time is coming when people will no longer listen to sound and wholesome teaching. They will follow their own desires and will look for teachers who will tell them whatever their itching ears want to hear.

 4 They will reject the truth and chase after myths.

 5 But you should keep a clear mind in every situation. Don’t be afraid of suffering for the Lord. Work at telling others the Good News, and fully carry out the ministry God has given you.

Intolerance is refusing to accept ideas, beliefs, or behavior different from yours.

Intolerance seems to be part and parcel of human DNA since the time of the Fall. From the beginning of recorded history, people groups have demonstrated themselves to be intolerant of others who are different from themselves. They seem to be essentially tribal, thinking that whatever makes them special and unique from others also makes them superior.

The following quotes are part of a master plan of intolerance and domination. They ultimately led to untold destruction, thuggery, and death.

“The streets of our country are in turmoil. The Universities are filled with students rebelling and rioting. Communists are seeking to destroy our country . . . Without law and order, our nation cannot survive.”

“The state must declare the child to be the most precious treasure of the people. As long as the government is perceived as working for the benefit of the children, the people will happily endure almost any curtailment of liberty and almost any deprivation.”

“If you wish the sympathy of the broad masses, you must tell them the crudest and most stupid things.”

“Tell a lie loud enough and long enough, and people will believe it.”

“It is a quite special secret pleasure how the people around us fail to realize what is really happening to them.”

“By means of shrewd lies, unremittingly repeated, it is possible to make people believe that heaven is hell – and hell heaven. The greater the lie, the more readily it will be believed.”

“The greater the crime perpetrated by the leadership, the less likely it is that the people will ever believe their leaders to be capable of perpetrating such an event.”

“It is not truth that matters, but victory.”

“Let me control the textbooks, and I will control the state.”

“The one means that wins the easiest victory over reason is terror and force.”

“Terrorism is the best political weapon for nothing drives people harder than a fear of sudden death.”

“The receptivity of the masses is very limited, their intelligence is small, but their power of forgetting is enormous. In consequence of these facts, all effective propaganda must be limited to a very few points and must harp on these in slogans until the last member of the public understands what you want him to understand by your slogan.”

“We have to put a stop to the idea that it is a part of everybody’s civil rights to say whatever he pleases.”

“I don’t see much future for the Americans . . . it’s a decayed country. And they have their racial problem, and the problem of social inequalities . . . my feelings against Americanism are feelings of hatred and deep repugnance . . . How can one expect a State like that to hold together?”

America was founded on the principle of plurality of ideas, freedom of expression, and freedom of speech. Yet the founders of our Country though very different from one another, all had one common foundation. They all believed in absolute truth. Absolute truth was given by a creator God. And they understood that absolute truth provides morals and guidance as a firm foundation for society, government, and civilization.

These values were clearly articulated, “We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.”

There is tension in these words. For Thomas Jefferson, the truths which he articulated were “self-evident.” But others might strongly disagree. It seems as though almost everyone has their own opinion. Everyone is entitled to their own opinion, but not their own truth. The Father God has opinions. The difference between His opinions and all other opinions is that His opinions are the Truth!

The Lord Jesus Christ held to absolute truth. On the one hand, He welcomed everyone to come to Him and believe. But at the same time, He was totally intolerant of other points of view. He never compromised. He never synthesized! There was only one way to come to the Father, and that was through the Lord Jesus Christ.

John 14:6 I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one can come to the Father except through me.

“The Lord made it clear that He was going to the Father, and that He was the only way to the Father. Heaven is a real place, a loving place, and an exclusive place. Not everybody is going to heaven, but rather only those who have trusted Jesus Christ (see Acts 4:12; 1 Timothy 2:4-6).”

“Jesus does not simply teach the way or point the way; He is the way. In fact, ‘the Way’ was one of the early names for the Christian faith (Acts 9:2; 19:9, 23; 22:4; 24:14, 22). Our Lord’s statement, ‘No man cometh unto the Father but by Me,’ wipes away any other proposed way to heaven – good works, religious ceremonies, costly gifts, etc. There is only one way, and that way is Jesus Christ” (Wiersbe).

REFLECT & PRAY

As children of the King living in America, perhaps today as never before, we must navigate uncharted waters. We believe in absolute truth and cannot compromise it. Yet we must be tolerant and respectful of others who disagree with us.

Father what would You have us do? We seek Your face and Your will. We live as sheep among wolves. Encourage us to be wise as serpents, yet harmless as doves (Matthew 10:16).

INSIGHT

2 Timothy 4:3 For there will be a time when people will not tolerate sound teaching. Instead, following their own desires, they will look for teachers who will tell them whatever their itching ears want to hear.

Sadly, the predicted time has now come. This verse sounds a great deal like our own age, doesn’t it? We live in a time of “designer doctrine,” when people pick and choose what to believe based on their desires and preferences. But it’s a worthless pursuit (Stanley).

Paul tells us precisely what to do during the times in which we live. We are to continue speaking the truth in love (Ephesians 4:15).

2 Timothy 4:2-5

 2 Preach the word of God. Be ready in season and out of season. Patiently correct, rebuke, and encourage your people with good teaching.

 5 But you should keep a clear mind in every situation. Don’t be afraid of suffering for the Lord. Work at telling others the Good News, and fully carry out the ministry God has given you.

Why is this so important? Because the Lord Jesus Christ is coming back! It may well be that our world is in the birth pangs of the end of the present age. We may well see the Second Coming of the Lord Jesus Christ (Matthew 24:8).

We are preparing the way for His appearance.

2 Timothy 4:1 He appears to set up his Kingdom:

The Greek word translated as appears or appearance is epiphaneia. Epiphaneia was used in connection with the Roman emperor. His accession to the throne was his epiphaneia, and in particular – and this is the background of Paul’s thought here – it was used in his visit to any province or town (Barclay).

“Obviously, when the emperor was due to visit any place, everything was put in perfect order. The streets were swept and decorated, and all work was brought up to date so that the town might be fit for epiphaneia. So, Paul says to Timothy: ‘You know what happens when any town is expecting the epiphaneia of the emperor; you are expecting the epiphaneia of Jesus Christ. Do your work so that all things will be ready whenever he appears.’ Christians should order their lives in such a way that at any moment they are ready for the coming of Christ” (Barclay).

All quotes regarding the master plan of intolerance and domination came from one man, Adolf Hitler.

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© Dr. H 2022

The Vulcan salute ∙

The Vulcan salute

Godly people find life; evil people find death. – Proverbs 11:19 

Proverbs 11:17-30

 17 Your kindness will reward you, but your cruelty will destroy you.

 18 Evil people get rich for the moment, but the reward of the godly will last.

 19 Godly people find life; evil people find death.

 20 The LORD detests people with crooked hearts, but he delights in those with integrity.

 24 Give freely and become more wealthy; be stingy and lose everything.

 25 The generous will prosper; those who refresh others will themselves be refreshed.

 27 If you search for good, you will find favor, but if you search for evil, it will find you!

 28 Trust in your money, and down you go! But the godly flourish like leaves in spring.

 29 Those who bring trouble on their families inherit the wind. The fool will be a servant to the wise.

 30 The seeds of good deeds become a tree of life; a wise person wins friends.

Live long and prosper was uttered as a part of the Vulcan salute. It was a hand gesture popularized by Leonard Nimoy, Spock, in the 1960s television series Star Trek.  It consisted of a raised hand with the palm forward and the thumb extended, while the fingers were parted between the middle and ring finger.

It is derived from the gesture on the Jewish Priestly Blessing. The Jewish Kohanim (priests) raised both hands, thumb to thumb, in this same position, representing the Hebrew letter Shin (ש). The Shin (ש) has three upward strokes similar to the position of the thumb and fingers in the gesture. The letter Shin begins several well-known Hebrew words: El Shaddai, meaning (Almighty God), Shekinah and Shalom.

Do you wish to live long and prosper? The Book of Proverbs offers guidelines but not guarantees. Simply stated, positive results follow if we choose to do what is gracious, kind, right, and intrinsically good. The results of our kindness are often not immediate or obvious. It is a life choice that ultimately benefits us and others who receive kindness. But it is not an ironclad rule that always delivers. There are no guaranteed cause and effect outcomes that are often wrongly promised by the deceptive words of prosperity preachers.

We do not give to get. Instead, we give and do right because we are instructed to do so by our heavenly Father. The Father’s kingdom has a kind of barter system of spiritual reciprocity. What we receive back is the goodwill and appreciation of the Father. Through Him, we are refreshed and encouraged. The leanness of our souls is exchanged for fullness. The Father inclines Himself to us.

Galatians 6:10 Therefore, whenever we have the opportunity, we should do good to everyone – especially to those in the family of faith.

REFLECT & PRAY

We are instructed to give materially. But what about our time and attention to others? What is harder to give things or time? Ask any busy father or mother.

Father, You are characterized by hesed, loyal love, and lovingkindness.  I want to be like You!! Encourage and strengthen me to be good, kind, and generous.

INSIGHT

When born into this world, we are given a slate of life upon which to write. When the Lord Jesus Christ redeems us, our old slate is wiped clean of past indiscretions. We are given a second chance to make better decisions and life choices.

Choose wisely how you write upon your heavenly Father’s clean slate. Patterns of behavior have their own outcome and result. Righteousness leads to life and emotional health. Evil leads to emotional leanness and death.

Philippians 2:3-4

 3 Don’t be selfish; don’t try to impress others. Be humble, thinking of others as better than yourselves.

 4 Don’t look out only for your own interests, but take an interest in others, too.

To better understand Galatians 6:10, it is essential to grasp the practical context in which it is written. Barclay translates it like this:

Galatians 6:5-10

Don’t deceive yourselves; no one can make a fool of God; whatever a man sows, this he will also reap. He who sows to his own lower nature will from that nature reap a blighted harvest. He who sows to the Spirit will from the Spirit reap life eternal. Don’t get tired of doing the fine thing; for, when the proper time comes, we will reap so long as we don’t relax our efforts. So then, as we have opportunity, let us do good to all, especially to those who are members of the household of the faith.

Paul declares a grim truth. He insists that life holds the scales with an even balance. If we allow the lower side of our nature to dominate us, we can expect nothing but a harvest of trouble. But if we keep walking the high road and doing the good, fine, and kind things, in the end, God will repay (Barclay).

In the first century, the Greeks believed in the goddess of retribution, Nemesis. The Greeks believed that when people did wrong, Nemesis was immediately on their trail and sooner or later caught up. The law of sowing and reaping is still in effect even for children of the King.

The Lord calls us to do what is good and right, not only because godly living reflects His own holy character but also because it benefits and blesses us. Living by God’s Word is the healthy way to live (Stanley).

A tree is known by its fruit, a man by his deeds. A good deed is never lost; he who sows courtesy reaps friendship, and he who plants kindness gathers love (Saint Basil).

“Always do right. This will gratify some people and astonish the rest” (Mark Twain).

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© Dr. H 2022

The value of weakness ∙

The value of weakness

My grace is sufficient for you, for power is perfected in weakness. Most gladly, therefore, I will rather boast about my weaknesses, so that the power of Christ may dwell in me. – 2 Corinthians 12:9 

Philippians 4:11-13

 11 I have learned how to be content with whatever I have.

 12 I know how to live on almost nothing or with everything. I have learned the secret of living in every situation, whether it is with a full stomach or empty, with plenty or little.

 13 For I can do everything through Christ, who gives me strength.

“In recent decades, the world has changed dramatically; our knowledge of ourselves and our universe has increased, infrastructures have become globalized and technological developments have revolutionized the way we communicate with each other.”

“One consequence of these changes that has passed relatively unnoticed is that we each have an increasingly complex world to deal with in our daily lives, which can affect us in a number of ways – some of which may be detrimental to our well-being, and which we may not even have fully acknowledged” (https://www.lifesquared.org.uk/our-complex-world).

Modern life seems to be filled with unimaginable complexities and many seeming paradoxes. The Scriptures are complex and, in many ways, odd to us, if not even backward. If you want to be first, you must be last. If you want to save your life, you must lose it. And if you want to be strong, you must glory in your weakness (Stanley).

Because of the demands of life, we share everyday experiences and emotions. We know what it feels like to be disappointed. We know the pain of embarrassment, the sting of rejection, and the sorrow of failure. Too often, they expose our deepest secret fears and inadequacies. Such incidents can overwhelm us and send us into a cycle of despair and anger. But there is a more excellent way to respond.

Paul achieved tremendous personal contentment and peace. Over time he learned to view obstacles as opportunities, faults as freedoms, restrictions as releases, and ultimately defeats as victories. Paul found great value not in his strengths but rather in his weaknesses.

Why are weaknesses valuable?

They take us to the end of ourselves. They demonstrate our limitations and inabilities. And that is precisely the point. When we are strong in ourselves, we are weak in Christ. But when we are weak in ourselves, we are strong in Christ.

REFLECT & PRAY

For many of us, exhaustion has left its mark. We are despondent and frightened. We feel lonely and misunderstood. Melancholy has become our constant companion.

Father I am so weary from trying; I am depleted and discouraged. Help me learn to be weak in myself and strong in the Lord Jesus Christ.

INSIGHT

The indwelling presence of the Father is one of the many undreamed-of and wonderful gifts that the Father gave us at the moment we accepted the Lord Jesus Christ as our Savior. He lives in each of us. He has decided to make His unlimited resources available to us.

How exactly does this work? It is a mystery. With a bit of imagination, we can get to the bottom of it. Not everyone is interested in NFL football, but it does offer an excellent fantasy illustration. Consider Jerry Rice is considered the greatest football player of all time.

Jerry Rice owns just about every conceivable receiving record. The MVP of Super Bowl XXIII, Rice, who retired with three Super Bowl rings, caught 1,549 passes for 22,985 yards and 197 touchdowns during his 20-year-career. A model of durability and sustained excellence, Rice had more receiving yards in his ‘30s than in his ‘20s.

Suppose you wanted to go out and be a receiver and did not have a clue. But somehow, you can mysteriously change places with Jerry Rice. He came to indwell your body. Anything that he was able to do, he could now do in and through you. Are you ready to gear up and give it a try?

That is ultimately the question that the Father asks us. The Father does not remove the pressure, but He gives us His grace so that our difficulties work for us and not against us. We moved from bondage and drudgery to freedom. When we allow the Father to live His life through us from within, we experience His all-sufficient grace and strength.

When Paul accepted his affliction as a gift from God, it made it possible for God’s grace to go to work in his life. Then, God spoke to Paul and assured him of His grace. Whenever you are suffering, spend extra time in the Word of God; and you can be sure God will speak to you. He always has a special message for His children when they are afflicted (Wiersbe).

One more thing, we often ask, “Why”? The Father did not offer Paul explanations. Instead, the Father gave Paul a promise: My grace is all you need. My power works best in weakness (2 Corinthians 12:9).

Explanations and understanding have their place. But as children of the King, we do not depend on explanations; we live on promises. Feelings vary, but the Father’s promises never change. Promises generate faith, and faith engenders hope.

Release your fears to the Father who loves you. Let Him strengthen you. Nothing compares to the freedom that waits for you within His loving arms. Nothing will ever bring more completion to your heart and soul than knowing the strength of his indwelling, eternal power, and love (Stanley).

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© Dr. H 2022

7‑Eleven servants ∙

7‑Eleven servants

Anyone who wants to be my disciple must follow me because my servants must be where I am. And the Father will honor anyone who serves me. – John 12:26

Matthew 20:25-28

 25 But Jesus called them together and said, “You know that the rulers in this world lord it over their people, and officials flaunt their authority over those under them.

 26 But among you, it will be different. Whoever wants to be a leader among you must be your servant,

 27 and whoever wants to be first among you must become your slave.

 28 For even the Son of Man came not to be served but to serve others and to give his life as a ransom for many.”

Thank Heaven for 7-Eleven! The 7‑Eleven brand is known and loved around the world. Many of their iconic products have become a part of American culture. At 7‑Eleven, they are customer-obsessed. They are a success story fueled by knowing and serving the needs of their customers. Their focus stays fixed on making life easier for customers.

They “Give the customers what they want, when, and where they want it.” This simple idea made them a marketplace leader. 7‑Eleven has a legacy of innovation. They virtually created the convenience store industry. They were among the first to offer 24-hour service. 7‑Eleven figured out that being a servant means being on duty and willing to serve, even when it is not convenient. Their willingness to serve makes what is seemingly inconvenient convenient.

The Father seeks 7‑Eleven servants. The Father would probably be quite pleased if we were to coin a new motto: thank Heaven for 7‑Eleven servants of the King.

John 12:26 Anyone who wants to be my disciple must follow me because my servants must be where I am. And the Father will honor anyone who serves me.

Jesus called His followers servants. Following the Lord Jesus Christ involves becoming a servant of the King. What does it look like to be a successful servant?

Our eternal destiny is secure when we accept the Lord Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior. At that moment, the Father could take us home, and we could enjoy being in His presence forevermore. Why does He leave us behind to live out our appointed number of days on this earth?

There are many correct answers to this question. One of the more important ones is that the Father wants us to be His servants on earth. To do so, we must develop a servant mentality. Ultimately the Father is in charge. His servants are no longer me-centric. Instead, they become “Father-centric.” We are here to serve the Father. It is not the other way around. A servant mentality realizes our purpose on earth is not to serve ourselves. Instead, our purpose is to be the Father’s servants.

This is a big hurdle indeed! But once we are on the other side, we have the opportunity to be genuinely successful servants. A 7‑Eleven servant gives of their time, resources, energy, money, loyalty, and expertise. So it should be for children of the King who surrender, release, and turnover all they have to the Father. The Father has no use for our stuff. He has no intention of keeping it. The Father returns all of it back to us. The Father asks that what He returns to us is used wisely in His service.

Our purpose for living is to please Him. He, in turn, will place people in our lives to serve and care for.

Matthew 10:24 Disciples are not greater than their teacher, and slaves are not greater than their master.

The Message Bible paraphrases it, “A student doesn’t get a better desk than their teacher. A laborer doesn’t make more money than their boss.” (MSG)

On NCIS, Special Agent in Charge, Leroy Jethro Gibbs, is “The Boss.” All the special agents that report to him call him “Boss.”

When we decide to become a servant of the Father, we surrender being the boss of our little world, not to mention the universe. Our thinking becomes, I serve the Boss. I am a servant of the King of kings and Lord of lords. The struggle is over, and I am more than content to join Him in His kingdom’s purposes.

REFLECT & PRAY

Be careful where you sit; choosing humility is far superior to being humiliated before your peers and higher-ups.

Father I want to be Your servant; develop in me a servant mindset. Encourage me to act it out.

INSIGHT

Once a child of the King willingly decides to be a servant, appropriate attitudes will follow. Servants understand that regardless of their ranking in social circles or society, they are always willing to take the lowest place.

Rather than claim a place among the great, they position themselves below their own rank. It is far better to be humble than to be humiliated. It is far superior to begin at a lower level and be invited to come up rather than being demoted. It is better to assume a humble place and be promoted than to be presumptuous and reproved.

Proverbs 25:6-7

 6 Do not honor yourself before the king or push for a place among the great.

 7 It’s better to wait for an invitation to the head table than to be sent away in public disgrace.

The Hebrew term translated as honor yourself or put yourself forward is hadar. Part of its semantic domain is to claim honor, seek favoritism or respect, thrust yourself forward, exalt yourself, or be puffed up.

Luke 14:8-11

 8 When you are invited to a wedding feast, don’t sit in the seat of honor. What if someone who is more distinguished than you has also been invited?

 9 The host will come and say, “Give this person your seat.” Then you will be embarrassed, and you will have to take whatever seat is left at the foot of the table!

 10 Instead, take the lowest place at the foot of the table. Then when your host sees you, he will come and say, “Friend, we have a better place for you!” Then you will be honored in front of all the other guests.

 11 For those who exalt themselves will be humbled, and those who humble themselves will be exalted.

“Humility is a fundamental grace in the Christian life, and yet it is elusive; if you know you have it, you have lost it! It has well been said that humility is not thinking meanly of ourselves; it is simply not thinking of ourselves at all. Jesus is the greatest example of humility, and we would do well to ask the Holy Spirit to enable us to imitate Him (Philippians 2:1-16)” (Wiersbe).

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© Dr. H 2022

Iconic glory ∙

Iconic glory

Who is the King of glory? – Psalms 24:8

Psalms 24:7-10

 7 Open up, ancient gates! Open up, ancient doors, and let the King of glory enter.

 8 Who is the King of glory? The LORD, strong and mighty; the LORD, invincible in battle.

 9 Open up, ancient gates! Open up, ancient doors, and let the King of glory enter.

 10 Who is the King of glory? The LORD of Heaven’s Armies– he is the King of glory.

The “Miracle on Ice” occurred at the 1980 Winter Olympics in Lake Placid, New York, on February 22. The Soviet Union had won the gold medal in five of the six previous Winter Olympic Games and was favored to win again. Many of the players on the Soviet team were experienced, professionals. By contrast, the United States team was the youngest in the tournament and U.S. national team history.

Despite the seemingly impossible challenges, the US team won. The victory became one of the most iconic moments of the Games and U.S. sports. The television call of the game’s final seconds by Al Michaels for ABC was equally well-known, in which he declared: “Do you believe in miracles? YES!” In 1999, Sports Illustrated named the “Miracle on Ice” the top sports moment of the 20th century.

In the Scriptures, contact transfers uncleanness from one object or person to another, not so with holiness. Things are declared holy and set aside for the Lord’s purposes by His spoken word or by His immediate presence.

Exodus 3:5 “Do not come any closer,” the LORD warned. “Take off your sandals, for you are standing on holy ground.

The Father God alone is majestic, iconic holiness. He is unique, and there is none like Him. He is the King of glory.

Psalm 24 recalls and celebrates the Father’s iconic glory. David conquered and took possession of the backwater city of Jebus, a Jebusite citadel. It became known as the city of David (1 Chronicles 11:5-7).

It may well be that Psalm 24 was written by David in association with his arrival with the ark of the covenant at Jerusalem. The ark is the place where The Father’s presence dwelt on earth during the days of the kings of Israel.

When David arrived with the ark, the presence of the Lord entered the city. And Jerusalem was forever consecrated, holy, and set aside for the Lord’s purposes. Jerusalem, the city of David, was transformed into Jerusalem, the city of the Lord.

REFLECT & PRAY

The Father dwells in unmatched magnificence and glory and deserves our highest honor and commitment.

Father sadly, I only get momentary glimpses of Your beautiful and delightful glory. Draw me closer that I may dwell in Your presence.

INSIGHT

Psalms 24:1 The earth is the LORD’S, and all it contains the world, and those who dwell in it.

The living God made the heavens, the earth, and all other created things, which are His personal possessions.

It is incumbent upon each individual and each generation to seek the Father and to find Him. As children of the King seek to enter into and dwell in His presence, He welcomes us. We are honored to experience the profound pleasure of His lovingkindness.

But Psalm 24 is not about us; it is all about Him. It echoes with shouts of joy and acclamation that He is the King of glory! Reflect on what this means. To be the King of glory means that the highest honor belongs to Him alone. There is none higher to whom we owe allegiance.

Hebrews 6:13 When God made the promise to Abraham since there was no one greater to swear by, God took an oath in his own name,

The Lord is not only glorious; He is the King of glory. He is the greatest in glory, the pinnacle of excellence, the mountaintop of majesty, the summit of splendor. He is the eternally blessed God (Romans 9:5) (Stanley).

Psalms 24:8-10

 8 Who is the King of glory? The LORD strong and mighty, The LORD mighty in battle.

 9 Lift up your heads, O gates, and lift them, O ancient doors, That the King of glory may come in!

 10 Who is this King of glory? The LORD of hosts, He is the King of glory.

This celebration is marked by a loud rhetorical chant and reciprocal response. David exclaims that the King of glory is the Lord Almighty, Creator, Sustainer, and King of all. He sings in awestruck wonder. David proclaims that although the Father is above all, He is also welcoming and intimately accessible. All children of the King are invited to enter His presence. The King of glory is knowable in our human experience. We can know Him, be empowered by Him, and trust Him to fight on our behalf.

How do we experience and live out the reality of the presence of our warrior king?

When the Lord Jesus Christ entered our hearts, He made it possible for every child of the King to actualize His presence. As we surrender control and allow our King to reign within our hearts, we experience His pleasure.

“This Psalm is accomplished in us when Jesus enters our hearts as our King to reign, and it will have its full realization when the earth and its population welcome Him as its Lord” (F. B. Meyer).

Who is the Lord? What is He like as a person? What are His nature and character? He is revealed in Psalm 24 as strong and mighty in battle, the Lord of hosts, and the King of glory.

Yahweh is the Lord of hosts. He is sovereign over all His creation. The Hebrew word tsaba, translated as hosts (hosts does not mean much to the average Bible reader), has been transliterated into English and other languages as Sabaoth. The Hebrew word tsaba refers to a vast multitude, an army, troops, etc. It is frequently translated as almighty, all-powerful, supreme. The expression may be translated as the Lord who is the strongest of all, the Lord who has more power than anyone(UBS), or The LORD of Heaven’s Armies (NLT).

Close your eyes and imagine our Father as a divine warrior king. He is omnipotent and unconquerable. As such, He has the power to deliver from calamity and chaos to all those who seek Him (Jacobson and Tanner).

Nevertheless, this all-powerful, unconquerable King is approachable. He is our Abba Father. He beckons every child of the King to come to Him.

Matthew 11:28 Come to me, all of you who are weary and carry heavy burdens, and I will give you rest.  

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© Dr. H 2022

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