The Psalm writer wrote: Open my eyes, that I may behold Wonderful things from Your law. As we come before a Holy God and hear his word, may we have eyes open to the wonderful and fearful things from his law. May it move us to repent and seek forgiveness, fear disobedience, and live in light of the grace we have received. This is the word of God. It is eternally true and applicable for all of life.
Proverbs 16:11-20 A just balance and scales belong to the Lord; All the weights of the bag are His concern. It is an abomination for kings to commit wicked acts, For a throne is established on righteousness. Righteous lips are the delight of kings, And he who speaks right is loved. The fury of a king is like messengers of death, But a wise man will appease it. In the light of a king’s face is life, And his favor is like a cloud with the spring rain. How much better it is to get wisdom than gold! And to get understanding is to be chosen above silver. The highway of the upright is to depart from evil; He who watches his way preserves his life. Pride goes before destruction, And a haughty spirit before stumbling. It is better to be humble in spirit with the lowly Than to divide the spoil with the proud. He who gives attention to the word will find good, And blessed is he who trusts in the Lord.
The annals of history and every other headline in the news today are filled with example after example of kings, presidents, governors, pastors, mayors, and husbands ruling in their spheres of authority in such a way that would leave one believing that they themselves created out of their own imagination and strength the position they hold.
The rulers in the civil realm trample upon the authority of those in the church and home, refusing to protect good and punish evil. Rather they protect evil and punish good.
Frequently those entrusted with the keys of the kingdom refuse to guard the paths. Rather than proclaimers of the truth, shepherds of sheep, they become goat keepers seeking to maintain comfort and ease. They become cheerleaders of the state, rather than prophets of God.
Rulers in the family realm, fathers, abandon their posts to pursue pleasure and entertainment, leaving a vacuum which is quickly filled by dictatorial feminists and child rights activists.
Rather than thrones established upon righteousness, most domains rest upon a foundation of carnal pursuits and fleshly appetites. The civil authorities attempt to appease the masses by loosening all restraint, utilizing man’s depraved nature as a means of controlling him and making an obedient, compliant little slave. Those leaders in the church, in order to keep the pews packed and their pockets filled, turn from God’s Word and preach instead the sweet sounding doctrines of tolerance, “health and wealth”, niceness, and completely subservience to the state. And if that ditch don't scratch the itch. There is always ways to scratch the ears of "the reformed." Teach rebellion to authority, the sinless nature of women, the saving power of essential oils. Fathers in the home are no better, that is, if they are in the home. The majority of children in 2020 are born into single parent homes. While children are murdered in the womb, or grow up being raised by feminist, lesbian mommies, abused by drug addicted boyfriends and “well intentioned” teachers, daddy sits in his mommies basement, playing x-box, with the approval of his boomer generation parents, the state who is putting unemployment in his pocket, and the church who cries “judge not” rather than Repent!
It is an abomination for kings to commit wicked acts, For a throne is established on righteousness.
It is an abomination because God gives him name of father to all fatherhood. For authorities to do evil is to smear the name and image of God. Fathers who rule unjustly blaspheme the name of God, the Father. It is an abomination and treason.
Each and every one of us are capable of this treason and living lives akin to despot dictators if we take our eyes off of the King of Kings and His throne which He established in righteousness.
For all of his faults, King David knew well what his kingdom was founded upon and what a domain of righteousness and justice looked like.
A Psalm of David. I will sing of lovingkindness and justice, To You, O LORD, I will sing praises. I will give heed to the blameless way. When will You come to me? I will walk within my house in the integrity of my heart. I will set no worthless thing before my eyes; I hate the work of those who fall away; It shall not fasten its grip on me. A perverse heart shall depart from me; I will know no evil. Whoever secretly slanders his neighbor, him I will destroy; No one who has a haughty look and an arrogant heart will I endure. My eyes shall be upon the faithful of the land, that they may dwell with me; He who walks in a blameless way is the one who will minister to me. He who practices deceit shall not dwell within my house; He who speaks falsehood shall not maintain his position before me. Every morning I will destroy all the wicked of the land, So as to cut off from the city of the LORD all those who do iniquity.
A ruler of the state, home, and church would do well to give heed to the blameless way, to hate the work of apostates, to set no worthless thing before their eyes, to speak truth and cut off all iniquity in their realm before it takes root.
Leaders of the state ought to do their God given duty to punish evil and reward good as ministers of God revealed in Romans 13. Rather than seeking to appease the masses through handouts and creating an environment where every perverted practice known to man has a safe place to operate, the state ought be bold as a lion to hunt down evil where it resides, root it out, and make a very public spectacle of it so that all would fear the Lord and flee to Christ.
Fathers in the home ought foster an environment where no worthless thing is allowed to flourish. The home should be a place where a man’s wife and children see the patriarch leading with a humble, broken and contrite heart. The home sphere ought be a place where the man leads by submission to God ordained authority, yet always standing upon God’s Word and obeying it rather than the evil decrees of dictators.
Pastors in the church must preach the gospel. They must feed, shepherd, and tend to the sheep of the flock to which they were called. Boldly, and clearly proclaiming the gospel of Christ from the pulpit, Pastors must be vigilant to beat back the wolves at the gate. Declaring the truth regarding the state of man, that we are but sinful worms in need of a Savior, and the truth of Christ, that He is a Mighty King establishing His throne on righteousness, ought to be the constant drumbeat of every Pastor.
Where have we fallen short of these charges to us? Let us repent lest we likewise perish.
GOD OF THE PUBLICAN,
Be merciful to me a sinner; this I am by nature and practice, this thy Word proclaims me to be,this I hope I feel myself to be; Yet thou hast not left me to despair, for there is no ‘peradventure’ in thy grace; I have all the assurance I need that with thee is plenteous redemption. In spite of the number and heinousness of my sins thou hast given me a token for good; The golden sceptre is held out, and thou hast said ‘Touch it and live’. May I encourage myself by a sense of thy all-sufficiency, by faith in thy promises, by views of the experience of others.
To that dear refuge in which so many have sheltered from every storm may I repair, In that fountain always freely open for sin may I be cleansed from every defilement.
Sin is that abominable thing which thy soul hates, and this alone separates thee and me. Thou canst not contradict the essential perfections of thy nature; Thou canst not make me happy with thyself, till thou hast made me holy like thyself.
O holy God, make me such a creature as thou canst take pleasure in, and such a being that I can take pleasure in thee. May I consent to and delight in thy law after the inner man, never complain over the strictness of thy demands, but mourn over my want of conformity to them; never question thy commandments, but esteem them to be right. By thy Spirit within me may my practice spring from principle, and my dispositions be conformable with duty.
(Valley of Vision, “Mercy”)
Listen now to the comforting assurance of the grace of God, promised in the gospel to all that believe:
Romans 8:33-34; 38-39 Who will bring a charge against God's elect? God is the one who justifies; who is the one who condemns? Christ Jesus is He who died, yes, rather who was raised, who is at the right hand of God, who also intercedes for us...For I am convinced that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor things present, nor things to come, nor powers, nor height, nor depth, nor any other created thing, will be able to separate us from the love of God, which is in Christ Jesus our Lord.
To all those who thus repent and seek Jesus Christ for their salvation, your sins are forgiven in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit. Amen. Lift up your hearts!
(From the 05/03/2020 liturgy of Sovereign King Church written by Aaron Sabie and Joseph Spurgeon.)