Day 4: The True King

For to us a child is born, to us a son is given;      and the government shall be upon his shoulder. (Isaiah 9:6) Every four years in the United States we are reminded that no one leader will rule forever. Even in countries where there are dictators or monarchs, they eventually die and…

Jesus: Prophet, Priest, King

If you had three words to describe Jesus, which words would you use? Gentle? Lord? Master? Kind? Loving? Gracious? Truthful? Teacher? Savior? Compassionate? These descriptors are all true, of course. The truest of true! But I want to challenge you to think big picture, and consider the background of the Old Testament–which all points to…

Yahweh the King

Part 4 in a 6 part series. View series intro and index. If there was one thing the king of Israel was to be, it was a reflection of Yahweh’s kingship. The king was Yahweh’s “vice regent.” In Book IV (chs. 90-106) there is a decidedly noticeable shift toward the focus on Yahweh as king.[1] If Ps….

Covenant: A Strategy for Singing the Psalms

Part 2 in a 6 part series. View series intro and index. In order to properly understand the Psalms and sing them with saints of old, we must employ the right strategy. In other words, we need to have a proper biblical and theological hermeneutic (i.e. interpretive grid). As I mentioned in the last post, I propose…

Psalm 45 and Jesus

This is a love psalm for a royal wedding. The king is praised for his appearance and speech (v. 2), his military power (v. 3), and his work of justice (vv. 4-5). The psalm turns to God in verses 6-9 where God is praised because his throne is the perfect throne. God’s throne is “forever and…