February 5, Reading 2 – Psalm 20, 21

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SAA Notes

Lord, save the King! These words at the close of Psalm 20, find their New Testament complement in the wonderful fact that God did just that when He raised Jesus from the dead! We pray with certainty (20:1-5) for each other, because God did save His Messiah. We trust in Him!

SJA Notes

“O LORD, in your strength the king rejoices, and in your salvation how greatly he exults!”

We read today of the importance of a king. Of _the right_ king.

In 1 Samuel 8 we read that the people of Israel wanted a king to judge us like all the nations.

Having a king wasn’t the problem.

It was the _type_ of king they wanted. And today, it is the same – What type of king of our lives do we want?

We ourselves make for sorry kings and rulers.

Even the close disciples of Jesus got it wrong. They hoped for a human battle-ready warrior king.

What they got in Jesus was a servant-hearted Son who submitted under the will of His Father to bear the punishment for the sin of His people.

God has a deeper plan.

Jesus is the King above all kings. He came to earth and was born into humanity to bring salvation, a means of redemption, rescue for us!

But He will be returning as a conquering King!

In Revelation 19 we read,

“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.”

This is why the _right_ king is important. David knows this, and even though he was a great human king of Israel, He knew that His Lord Jesus made a far better king.

* Gracious Lord God,

Thank You for not giving us a king like those around us, but a better king in Jesus – A servant-king who gave up His life for His people.

Please help us be people of Your kingdom today. Following after the King, walking under Your will, obedient to Your rule.

Amen.

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