December 14, 2009 – Mighty King
Scripture: Psalm 24: 8 (NIV)
Who is this King of glory? The LORD strong and mighty
In our day and age, we have a hard time picturing kings and kingdoms. We are much more familiar with presidents, governors, and mayors.
Kathy and I spent a number of years as member of the Society for Creative Anachronism (SCA), a medieval society full of kings, queens, and all manner of royalty. Kings in the SCA gain the right to the throne through might – they win a tournament and become king “by right of arms”.
I am also an Arthurian legend buff. The stories of Arthur, Merlin, Camelot, and the Round Table are among my favorites (in fact I’ve named networked computers after various Arthurian characters).
Both the SCA and Arthurian legend have provided times for me where I could see, feel, and taste the glory of kings and kingdoms. It was almost real! But the Psalmist tells us of a King who is real. His glory, His strength, and His might are not fantasy or human. Unlike the SCA kings who had my loyalty and service only while we played for a brief time, the King of glory has my loyalty and service for life. I have bowed and given respect to a number of SCA kings but I have only given my heart and worship to the One True and Always King – and His name is not Arthur.
King of Glory, Lord Almighty, reign in our hearts this Christmas. We give right to the thrones of our hearts to You, the Only Wise King. Worthy are You of all glory and honor. We bow down before You, we love and adore You. May Your glory shine forth over all the earth. Amen.