A King that is both fierce and majestic; a love that is intense and consuming.
"Behold your king is coming to you...” - Zechariah 9:9
"Safe?” said Mr. Beaver; “don’t you hear what Mrs. Beaver tells you? Who said anything about safe? ’Course he isn’t safe. But he's good. He's the king, I tell you."
(The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe)
There are lot’s of ways in which God has revealed himself throughout history and throughout His word. Some are easier to relate to than others. For us in our culture and our day and age kingship is one of the most difficult. Not only because of the nature of indwelling sin that causes us to seek to be the greatest authority in our own lives but also because of the stigma of tyrant leadership throughout the world. Sovereign authority historically seems to be accompanied with oppression, greed, and consumption. None-the-less one of the most beautiful ways in which GOD has revealed himself to us is as a KING. It is important to know that God’s kingship has been set apart from the worlds authorities in every way. At the very core of God’s kingship lies the truth of righteous authority, sovereign power, and perfect desire for both a people and a place. It’s impossible to know GOD and to be with Him if we do not recognize His kingship over all of creation.
So what makes God’s authority so different than man’s? It is different in that it is birthed out of His righteousness. Meaning that God’s authority is not given to Him by some outside force or is there need for affirmation from others. God’s authority over His creation comes from both His right and His righteousness. His right because “by him all things were created, in heaven and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or dominions or rulers or authorities—all things were created through him and for him.” (Colossians 1:16) but not just his right but also His righteousness. God is perfect in every attribute, every attitude, every behavior, and every word (Psalm 18:20). So God is perfectly worthy and perfectly qualified to rule over His creation.
God also has sovereign power over all things. This means that there is no aspect of reality outside of His ultimate control. The beauty of GOD is not just His right but His power. There is nothing in all of existence that is outside of God’s control. The universe in general is upheld by the power of His word (Hebrews 1:3) but even more amazing is that specifically He is sovereignly at work in the hearts of mankind to bring about His perfect design (Proverbs 21:1). Understanding this is the first aspect of submission to the kingship of GOD. God is not a god of empty promises and impossible claims. What God promises to do He is able.
For us, God’s beloved, the most comforting aspect of God’s kingship will not come from understanding His worthiness or His power although they are integral to our worship. Our greatest comfort will come from understanding His perfect desire. God’s desire for His creation is birthed out of His perfect and holy character. Imbedded deep into the heart of GOD is a pure and ferocious covenantal love for His creation. His desire for us is perfect and His rule over us is filled with a type of gentleness, care, and love that we will never experience from the world. Submission to God as King is motivated by His love and perfect desire for us; trusting God’s rule as king is motivated by Understanding His sovereign power; worshipping God as King comes from seeing His supreme beauty and worthiness of our worship.