Daily Devotional: Psalms 21:1-7
1 O LORD, the king rejoices in your strength. How great is his joy in the victories you give! 2 You have granted him the desire of his heart and have not withheld the request of his lips. Selah 3 You welcomed him with rich blessings and placed a crown of pure gold on his head. 4 He asked you for life, and you gave it to him--length of days, for ever and ever. 5 Through the victories you gave, his glory is great; you have bestowed on him splendor and majesty. 6 Surely you have granted him eternal blessings and made him glad with the joy of your presence. 7 For the king trusts in the LORD; through the unfailing love of the Most High he will not be shaken.
13 For he has rescued us from the dominion of darkness and brought us into the kingdom of the Son he loves, 14 in whom we have redemption, the forgiveness of sins. 15 He is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn over all creation.
While looking at a map, I was amazed at the number of nations, kingdoms, and countries there are in this world. With each of these, there are Presidents or Kings or Queens or Prime Ministers or other titles, but each has its leader. We must remember that God knows each country and he has allowed the leader to be in power. It is God who makes nations rise and he brings them down in his time.
In the spiritual realm, there are only two kingdoms, there is the kingdom of light and there is the kingdom of darkness. There are only two in charge of these two nations. Jesus is the King of kings and he rules the kingdom of light. Satan is the prince of darkness and he is rules over those who follow him in his kingdom. We (and everyone else in the world) are all in one or the other. But we choose.
The kingdom of darkness leads to eternal destruction. It offers short-lived fun, joy, and pleasures for a time in this world. It is a kingdom of deception, led by the master of deception. It touts freedom but enslaves all who are in it.
The kingdom of light leads to eternal life. The joy it offers is everlasting. For a time in this world there will be troubles and there will be opposition but, in the end, there is eternal bliss in the very presence of God and his Son, our King Jesus.
O Lord God, what a blessing to be in your kingdom and under the rule of Jesus, my Lord, my Master, my King, and my Redeemer! Thank you for rescuing me from the kingdom of darkness and putting me in the body of Christ. Increase my faith so I will have greater joy and less fear every day. Help me remember, the more that I submit to you and trust you and serve you, the more freedom I enjoy. Use me to lead others to you. Be with your people, in whatever kingdom of this world, and help us maintain your Spirit of unity in the bond of peace. In Jesus name.