Daily Devotional: Psalms 132:11-18
11 The LORD swore an oath to David, a sure oath that he will not revoke: "one of your own descendants I will place on your throne--12 if your sons keep my covenant and the statutes I teach them, then their sons will sit on your throne for ever and ever." 13 For the LORD has chosen Zion, he has desired it for his dwelling: 14 "This is my resting place for ever and ever; here I will sit enthroned, for I have desired it--15 I will bless her with abundant provisions; her poor will I satisfy with food. 16 I will clothe her priests with salvation, and her saints will ever sing for joy. 17 "Here I will make a horn grow for David and set up a lamp for my anointed one. 18 I will clothe his enemies with shame, but the crown on his head will be resplendent."
1 Paul, a servant of Christ Jesus, called to be an apostle and set apart for the gospel of God- 2 the gospel he promised beforehand through his prophets in the Holy Scriptures 3 regarding his Son, who as to his human nature was a descendant of David, 4 and who through the Spirit of holiness was declared with power to be the Son of God by his resurrection from the dead: Jesus Christ our Lord.
One of the great proofs of the scriptures as truth is the number of prophecies in the Old Testament that are fulfilled in the New. The promises of God are forever true and as good as accomplished when spoken. Since God is eternal, the time lapse that we see between when they are spoken and when carried out is of no consequence to him. He can see the end before the beginning.
We read in Colossians 1:13-14: For he has rescued us from the dominion of darkness and brought us into the kingdom of the Son he loves, in whom we have redemption, the forgiveness of sins. Notice that this is past tense. We are in the kingdom of the Son now. While many teach that Jesus is coming to establish his kingdom in the future, Paul states that it is already present. From a careful study of this book we see that the prophecies of Jesus concerning his kingdom are all fulfilled in the church. We are his citizens now and he is our Lord and our King.
Heavenly Father I am so thankful for your wisdom, your majesty and power and for your truthfulness. Make me a diligent citizen of your kingdom so I will always remember that life is not about this earth but about being with you in eternity. Give me a pure heart so your Spirit will always be molding me into your image and others will see Jesus living in me. Forgive me when I sin and fail to be all you want me to be. I ask your blessings on all the citizens of your kingdom here on earth so we will love you above all else and in turn, love each other. Bless and guide the rulers of the nations, so we will have peace. I pray in Jesus name.