by Del Tackett
Woe is me! I’m undone! For I am a man of unclean lips and I live among a people of unclean lips and my eyes have seen the King, the Lord Almighty. Isaiah 6:5
I love to study the interactions between the infinite God and finite man. There is something so amazing about them, that God should condescend to meet with us. Often those interactions are scary: Adam hiding; Nebuchadnezzar busted; Jacob limping; Jonah sunk; Saul blinded… Isaiah unmasked. You can’t come into the presence of God and not fully understand that He is, indeed, the Lord Almighty.
We have looked at Isaiah 6 in both the Truth Project and the Engagement Project, each time looking at something different. Both times, I have skipped over this: that Isaiah declares that his eyes had seen “The King”. This, of course, is not the only place where the Scripture acknowledges this incredible attribute of God. Over and over again we read that He “reigns” and that He is “seated on His Throne”:
God reigns over the nations. God sits on His holy throne. Psalm 47:8
Paul writes this wonderful benediction:
Now to the King eternal, immortal, invisible, the only God, be honor and glory forever and ever. Amen. 1 Timothy 1:17
In 6:15, he names Him as the “only Sovereign, the King of kings and Lord of lords”.
If He is The King, as the Scripture makes abundantly clear, then it fits that He is due honor and glory, praise and adoration, humility and submission as we see in David blessing the Lord in the presence of the assembly:
Blessed are you, O Lord, the God of Israel our father, forever and ever. Yours, O Lord, is the greatness and the power and the glory and the victory and the majesty, for all that is in the heavens and in the earth is yours. Yours is the kingdom, O Lord, and you are exalted as head above all. Both riches and honor come from you, and you rule over all. In your hand are power and might, and in your hand it is to make great and to give strength to all. 1 Chronicles 29:10-12
There are many implications of this attribute of God. As we have just mentioned, He is therefore due everything that the King of kings would be due in honor, glory, praise, adoration, humility and submission and more. It also implies that judgment rests with Him:
But the Lord sits enthroned forever; he has established his throne for justice, and he judges the world with righteousness; he judges the peoples with uprightness. Psalm 9:7-8
And because He indeed reigns over all things, we can rejoice:
Let the heavens be glad, and let the earth rejoice, and let them say among the nations, “The Lord reigns!” 1 Chronicles 16:31
The fact that God is the King and reigns over all things is certainly cause for rejoicing. The evil that seems to prevail will ultimately be dealt with; the fallen nature of the world and ourselves will be restored; when things seem to be out of control, they are not; when the enemy whispers in our ear that we have lost, He has not; when our hearts melt sometimes with fear and anguish, the King is always near, for He has promised that He will never leave us and never forsake us. Oh, how we need to remind ourselves that The King, who is sovereign over all things, is also our Father!
This is worthy of our deep and continual contemplation.
There is, however, one more implication to consider, especially in the times in which we live, and that is the institutional ramifications that flow out of this aspect of God’s nature. The King has delegated authority to man that he should reign in righteousness on the earth. We read this throughout the Scripture and we have dealt with this in the Truth Project and elsewhere as we have attempted to understand God’s design for Social Order, in particular for our purpose here, His institution of the State.
As God is the King, He is also the King of kings. It is one of His amazing attributes that He should delegate authority and grant to finite man the responsibility in the institution of the State to punish evil and condone what is good. This is God’s design and it is good. It doesn’t mean that man doesn’t mess that design up, which we might say he continually does, but the design is good. There is a current revival of a belief in the scam of socialism whose utopian end is that there will no State (as well as no marriage and no family, no property, no possessions at all). This, of course, is not only a scam, for the Party that pushes for Socialism will always remain in power, and they will do so as a tyrant, as history has repeatedly borne out. But it also is in defiance of God’s design for Social Order. This is not surprising, for Satan always desires to destroy the design of God.
It is also beyond our scope here, except that we should simply acknowledge that it is in this aspect of God’s nature that we understand the continual emphasis that Jesus places upon “the Kingdom of God”. We will deal with that in a separate series, for it is critical for us to understand what this means and its implications.
Suffice it to say, however, the Kingdom of God has a King… the King of kings and Lord of lords, the Lord Almighty.
For this we rejoice even when our eyes and ears seem to hear only evil and chaos.
Soli Deo Gloria!
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For further contemplation:
Your throne, O God, is forever and ever. The scepter of your kingdom is a scepter of uprightness; Psalm 45:6
The Lord has established his throne in the heavens, and his kingdom rules over all. Psalm 103:19
“O Lord of hosts, God of Israel, enthroned above the cherubim, you are the God, you alone, of all the kingdoms of the earth; you have made heaven and earth. Isaiah 37:16
Clap your hands, all peoples! Shout to God with loud songs of joy! For the Lord, the Most High, is to be feared, a great king over all the earth. Psalm 47:1-2
All your works shall give thanks to you, O Lord, and all your saints shall bless you! They shall speak of the glory of your kingdom and tell of your power, to make known to the children of man your mighty deeds, and the glorious splendor of your kingdom. Your kingdom is an everlasting kingdom, and your dominion endures throughout all generations. Psalm 145:10-13
Sing praises to God, sing praises! Sing praises to our King, sing praises! For God is the King of all the earth; sing praises with a psalm! Psalm 47:6-7
Rejoice greatly, O daughter of Zion! Shout aloud, O daughter of Jerusalem! Behold, your king is coming to you; righteous and having salvation is he, humble and mounted on a donkey, on a colt, the foal of a donkey. Zechariah 9:9
They will make war on the Lamb, and the Lamb will conquer them, for he is Lord of lords and King of kings, and those with him are called and chosen and faithful.” Revelation 17:14
From his mouth comes a sharp sword with which to strike down the nations, and he will rule them with a rod of iron. He will tread the winepress of the fury of the wrath of God the Almighty. On his robe and on his thigh he has a name written, King of kings and Lord of lords. Revelation 19:15-16