Many times today we hear about God as a “fluffy bunny” kind of deity. He loves us, He wants the best for us and He just can’t wait for us to realize this and come back to Him. While this is all true, it doesn’t tell the whole story. It makes God look like a pitiful beggar, as if He had some great need of our affection and presence. God does desire our presence and affection, but He is under no compulsion to need it.
That is where God’s kingly nature comes in. When we think of a king, we think of a ruler who is in need of nothing, but has everything at his disposal. This is where God as king is true. Kings with short tempers and long gallows; well, that’s where the metaphor breaks down.
God is not a fickle king, for us one day and against us the next. He is righteous, fair and just. He has no need of us, but takes great joy in our presence and even partnership. He rules all of eternity with complete authority; He lacks in nothing. This is our king, and without an understanding of God as King, we cannot completely grasp the nature of the kingdom to which we have been called.
Jesus, speaking about the end times, referenced this kingdom in Matthew 24:14:
And this gospel of the kingdom will be preached in the whole world as a testimony to all nations, and then the end will come.
This kingdom is presided over by the “King of kings and Lord of lords” (1 Timothy 6:15, Revelation 19:16), in other words, the King who rules all Kings, and the Lord to whom all lords bow down to. This is important for we as believers to understand, because we often find ourselves caught in the whims of our political leaders who look out mostly only for themselves. We can be drifting in the emotional whims of politics that are high above us if we are not grounded in the truth of who God is. The Psalmist put it well here:
Clap your hands, all you nations;
shout to God with cries of joy.
2For the Lord Most High is awesome,
the great King over all the earth.
When we find that we are caught up in the struggles of this world, we can remember that we have a great King, one who has the final say and all authority over all situations. We are squarely within His control and under His dominion. There is no authority over us that has greater say than Him in all our affairs, and we can remain completely confident in that.
We Deserve Nothing: He Gives Everything
What does this great King need from us? Nothing! He rules over everything and has everything at His complete disposal. What makes our King even more amazing is that even though He lacks nothing and needs nothing, He offers us the privilege of sonship, partnership and shared glory with Him. He is in need of nothing and we deserve nothing, yet He offers a share of His kingdom to us!
To the one who is victorious, I will give the right to sit with me on my throne, just as I was victorious and sat down with my Father on his throne.
Oh, what an amazing joy to know that all our affairs are under the control of an all-powerful King who enjoys us, loves us and offers to share His kingdom with us! He owes us nothing and we deserve nothing, but our great King offers us everything! What can we say to such a king?
Clap your hands, all you nations; shout to God with cries of joy. For the Lord Most High is awesome, the great King over all the earth.