7. The Lord, Jehovah: King Forever!

Text:  “The Lord sitteth upon the flood (the nations of the world); yea, the Lord sitteth King forever.”

                                                                                                                   Psalm 29:10.

          “And in the days of these kings shall the God of Heaven set up a Kingdom (Christ‘s Kingdom), which shall never be destroyed; and the Kingdom shall not be left to other people, but it shall break in pieces and consume all these kingdoms, and it shall stand for ever.”
                                                                                                                    Daniel 2:44.

Good morning, Christian subject of the everlasting King!  Throughout the nations of the world today we find many temporal kingdoms, and many temporal rulers and kings.  However, while earthly kingdoms and kings may rise and fall, come and then go - the Kingdom of Christ Jesus, our Saviour and Lord, shall continue Supreme forever.  Hallelujah!  We worship and praise Thee, King Jesus; King of all kings, and Lord of all lords.  Glory to Thy Name!

All true, Spiritually regenerate, Christians; all ‘born again’ of God the Spirit into Christ’s Kingdom, should always be ready to cry out from our hearts: “Thine, O Lord, is the greatness, and the power, and the glory, and the victory, and the majesty: for all that is in the Heaven and in the earth is Thine; Thine is the Kingdom, O Lord, and Thou art exalted as Head above all.”  (1 Chronicles 29:11) 

Let us shout this from the rooftops right now wherever in the world we may be!   Glory to the Lamb, our King of kings!  Our God reigns over all!  Hallelujah!

Is it not literally ‘wonderful’ to know that you and I - as Spiritually regenerate Christians - have been blessed of God with Salvation in Christ Jesus, and permitted to be part of His Eternal Kingdom?  Amazing grace indeed, my friend!

Let us pray all the more, and witness all the more, to those around us day by day who are not presently subjects of Christ’s Kingdom.  If we love the lost with the love of Christ Jesus, we will desire deeply that they too might enter His Kingdom.  If we truly love those still lost in sin, we should be bold enough, and honest enough, to tell them God’s message of truth - that they too might turn from their sin, repent, and receive Christ as their Eternal Saviour and King.  (Romans 10:13)

“Jesus answered and said unto him (Nicodemus), Verily, verily (truly, truly), I say unto thee, Except a man be born again, he cannot see the Kingdom of God.”  (John 3:3)

Praise and all thanks be to God, for He has provided this great Salvation for us - through the Cross of Christ Jesus, His only begotten Son, our Saviour and Lord.

Verse 10.  “The Lord sitteth upon the flood.  The ‘flood’ here mentioned is the nations of the world, and the Lord God Jehovah, the Creator of the world, sitteth (sits, and continually sits) as Supreme Lord and Ruler over all the nations.  Our God reigns.

Verse 10.  “The Lord sitteth.  A temporal king can only reign when he sits upon the throne of territorial authority, in any given land.  He sits, to show his subjects that his war to win the kingdom is now accomplished; that he is now resting in the seat of total lordship and authority over his temporal subjects.

King Jesus Christ is even at this moment seated ‘…on the right hand of God…’ His Father - showing that His work of Eternal Salvation is totally accomplished; that His Victory war cry from the Cross is fully vindicated; that He has redeemed ‘…His people from their sins…’  Hallelujah!  We honour Thee, King Jesus Christ!  Glory to Thy Name!

“When Jesus therefore had received the vinegar; He said, It is finished: and He bowed His head, and gave up the ghost.”  (John 19:30)

“So then after the Lord had spoken unto them (the eleven disciples), He was received up into Heaven, and sat on the right hand of God.  And they went forth, and preached everywhere, the Lord working with them, and confirming the Word with signs following.  Amen.”  (Mark 16:19-20)

Throughout the world today, we find gross sin and Sodomy being promoted militantly across our sin-soiled nations.  Every perversion is applauded as being ‘right’; every smear and insult of the Holy Name of our Lord, Jesus Christ, is written into television soap operas and movies; so much so that even the church worldwide seems to be steeped in apostasy and gross unbelief.  It seems like the kingdom of Satan, the arch-deceiver, is prevailing, and sincere, Bible-believing Christians are subject to the most vile taunts and ’legal’ restrictions.  However, all this has already been prophesied in God’s Word - the Holy Bible - and it will all be judged by the Lord when He returns for us, ’His people’.

Remember the fate of Sodom and Gomorrah!  (Genesis 19:24-29)

“But that which ye have already hold fast until I (Christ Jesus) come.  And he that overcometh, and keepeth my works unto the end, to him will I give power over the nations: and he shall rule them with a rod of iron; as the vessels of a potter shall they be broken to shivers; even as I received of My Father.”  (Revelation 2:25-27)

Thought:  Rejoice, Christian subject!  “The Lord sitteth upon the flood; yea, the Lord sitteth King forever.”  Our Lord God is in Sovereign Control of all things.

6. Lightning: A Sign of New Hope Psalm 29:8-9

 Text:  “The voice of the Lord shaketh the wilderness; the Lord shaketh the wilderness of Kaddesh.  The voice of the Lord maketh the hinds to calf, and discovereth the forests; and in His temple doth every one speak of His glory.”

                                                                                                                 Psalm 29:8-9.

Good morning, shook up and remade Christian!  In order to awaken you soul and mine out of the utter darkness and deadly slumber of sin, the Lord had to shake us up and remake us as His new creation in Christ Jesus.  We are, thus, ‘shook up and remade Christians’.  Hallelujah!  Let this reality shake us up a little more today!

“And you hath He quickened (shook up and remade) who were DEAD in trespasses and sins; wherein in time past ye walked according to the course of this world, according to the prince of the power of the air (Satan), the spirit that now worketh in the children of disobedience: among whom also we all had our conversation (entire lifestyle of sin and disobedience) in times past in the lusts of our flesh, fulfilling the desires of the flesh and of the mind; and were by nature (natural birth) the children of wrath, even as others.  But God Who is rich in mercy, for His great love wherewith He loved us, even when we were dead in sins, hath quickened us together with Christ, (by grace ye are saved), and hath raised us up together, and made us sit together in Heavenly places in Christ Jesus.”  (Ephesians 2:1-6)

The Lord God Almighty was compelled to ‘shake up and remake’ the nation of Israel, none so much as at the times they were in and around ‘the wilderness of Kadesh’.

Kadesh, or Kadesh-Barnea, meaning consecrated or holy, was located north of The Sinai Peninsula between the Wilderness of Paran and the Wilderness of Zin. It is first mentioned in The Bible during the time of Abraham, and later, during the Wilderness Journey after the Exodus. The Israelites remained for many years at, and in the vicinity of, Kadesh.  (Wayne Blank)

Verse 8. “The voice of the Lord shaketh the wilderness; the Lord shaketh the wilderness of Kaddesh.  Kadesh in Holy Scriptures is often associated with a place of sin and disobedience, where the children of Israel - recently freed from Egypt by the miraculous hand of God - refused to go into the land promised by Him, because of their fears of the people that dwelt there.  They wandered around the wilderness of Kadesh for forty years as a dire consequence of their disobedience and mistrust of God’s Word.  All people above twenty years perished, except for Caleb and Joshua, chosen by God to live and continue on into the Promised Land.  (Numbers 13:25-33)

“And the Lord spake unto Moses and unto Aaron, saying, How long shall I bear with this evil congregation, which murmur against Me…your carcasses shall fall in this wilderness; and all that were numbered of you, according to your whole number, from twenty years old and upward, which have murmured against Me, doubtless shall not come into the land, concerning which I sware to make you dwell therein, save Caleb the son of Jephunneh, and Joshua the son of Nun…But as for you, your carcasses, they shall fall in this wilderness.  And your children shall wander in the wilderness forty years, and bear your whoredom, until your carcasses be wasted in the wilderness.”  (Numbers 14:26-33)

The children of Israel wandered and were wasted in Kadesh until the voice of the Lord spoke again unto them His Words of Atonement and reconciliation - and just like a sudden thunder and lightning storm, the disobedient were shook up and remade by God’s Sovereign grace, and became obedient servants of Jehovah God once more.

Verse 8.  The voice of the Lord shaketh the wilderness; the Lord shaketh the wilderness of Kadesh.  Unless the voice of the Lord shakes up the sinful soul, that soul shall never awaken Spiritually and be made fit - by the precious Blood of Christ - to enter the Promised Land of Heaven.  ’Ye must be born again!’  (John 3:3-8)

“But God Who is rich in mercy, for His great love wherewith He loved us, even when we were dead in sins, hath quickened us together with Christ, (by grace ye are saved), and hath raised us up together and made us sit together in Heavenly places in Christ Jesus.”  (Ephesians 2:4-6)  Praise God for His great Salvation through Christ, His Son!

When wandering in the wilderness of sin’s darkness - only the Lord God can bring us true and certain HOPE.  He shakes us up in order to sort us out in holiness and grace.

Verse 9.  “The voice of the Lord maketh the hinds to calve.  Our first parents sought a refuge among the trees but the voice of the Lord soon found them out and made their hearts to tremble.  The Gospel has a like revealing power in dark hearts and bids the soul tremble before the Lord.”  (C.H. Spurgeon, Treasury of David, pages 142-143)

“Doth the Lord take care of hinds?  Then certainly He takes care of those that particularly belong to Him.”  (Joseph Caryl 1602-1673)

Verse 9.  “…And in His temple doth every one speak of His glory.  There is far more royal power in the thunder of the Word than in the word of thunder.  This terrifieth only to conviction, but that terrifieth to Salvation.”  (Joseph Caryl 1602-1673)

Thought:  Eternal new hope is heralded by ‘the voice of God…’, and new creatures in Christ are produced for Eternity by its sound.  Ever speak to our hearts, dear Lord God, we beseech Thee.

5. Lightning: Fire From Heaven! Psalm 29:6-7

 Text:  “And it came to pass on the third day in the morning, that there were thunders and lightnings, and a thick cloud upon the mount, and the voice of the trumpet exceeding loud; so that all the people that was in the camp trembled.”

                                                                                                                 Exodus 19:16.

Good morning, God-fearing Christian!  You and I fear God with a godly fear; a humble reverence; a full and total respect for His Person and the power of His Holy Presence.  Thus, fearing the Lord God in this reverent manner, we have nothing else to fear upon this old earth.  Our Father God is in full control of every aspect of our lives and being.  Praise and all worship to His glorious and wonderful Name!  Amen.

“The Lord is my light and my Salvation: whom shall I fear?  The Lord is the strength of my life; of whom shall I be afraid?”  (Psalm 27:1)

Thunder and lightning storms are, truly, something to bring us down to our knees; a phenomenon that humbles the mightiest hearts and reminds us of just how puny we are in comparison to such Heavenly powers unleashed.  Flash!  The lightning lights up the sky.  Then, boom!  The peal of thunder blasts its cry throughout the skies. 

However, as Spiritually regenerate Christian believers, we have nothing to fear when the lightning flashes and the thunder peals its explosive noise throughout the world - for this is the voice of our Heavenly Father, and our Heavenly Father loves us very dearly.

“He/she that dwelleth (dwells, and continues to dwell) in the secret place (in Christ Jesus) of the Most High shall abide under the shadow of the Almighty.  I will say of the Lord, He is my refuge and my fortress; my God; in Him will I trust.”   (Psalm 91:1-2)

Yet, the ungodly, the unredeemed, cannot claim this Divine promise, for the Lord has spoken in His Word revealing that the power of His Holy Presence is a terror to them.

“The Lord also thundered in the Heavens, and the Highest gave His voice; hail stones and coals of fire.  Yea, He sent out His arrows (lightning) and scattered them; and He shot out lightnings, and discomfited them.  Then the channels of waters were seen, and the foundations of the world were discovered at Thy rebuke, O Lord, at the blast of the breath of Thy nostrils.”  (Psalm 18:13-15)

Verse 6.  “He maketh them also to skip like a calf; Lebanon and Sirion like a young unicorn.  The voice of our dying Lord rent the rocks and opened the graves; His living voice still works the like wonders.”  (C.H. Spurgeon, Treasury of David, page 142)

I cannot help but read Psalm 29: in the context of a violent thunder and lightning storm - each verse builds in crescendo to the next, the lightning flashes across our minds, and the thunder of God’s Almighty voice proclaims His Divine and Sovereign truths.

Verse 7.  “The voice of the Lord divideth the flames of fire.  The same power of God goeth forth by His Word, ‘quick and powerful, and sharper than any two-edged sword,’ penetrating, melting, enlightening, and inflaming the hearts of men.”  (George Horne 1730-1792)

When the lightning flashes, can we not hear the voice of the Lord, as spoken by John the Baptist, declaring what is to come? 

“I indeed baptise you with water (total immersion) unto repentance; but He (Christ Jesus) that cometh after me is mightier than I, whose shoes I am not worthy to bear; He shall baptise you with the Holy Ghost, and with fire; Whose fan is in His hand, and He will thoroughly purge His floor, and gather His wheat into the garner; but He will burn up the chaff with unquenchable fire.”  (Matthew 3:11-12)

Verse 7.  “The voice of the Lord.  The voice of Jehovah sendeth out divided flames of fire.  This is very descriptive of the Divine action at Pentecost, sending forth ‘divided flames’, in the tongues of fire which were divided off from one Heavenly source or fountain of flame, and sat upon the heads of the apostles, and which filled them with the fire of Holy zeal and love.”  (Christopher Wordsworth 1807-1887 )

Boom! The Word of God is heard in our hearts like the peal of thunder.  Flash! the extreme light of His truth suddenly enlightens our darkened hearts of sin! Then, ‘…faith cometh by hearing, and hearing by the Word of God…’, and we are quickened by the Holy Ghost and saved. 

Spiritual regeneration is often performed by Almighty God during a great inner turmoil of the human soul, akin to the unleashing of a powerful thunder and lightning storm.  And after the storm, we find Divinely granted peace.

“Peace I leave with you, My peace I give unto you; not as the world giveth, give I unto you.  Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid.”  (John 14:27)

Verse 7.  “The voice of the Lord divideth (or controls) the flames of fire.”  The Living Lord, the Creator of all things, is in full Sovereign control of all things He has Created.  Thus, His Word divides the ‘sheep’ from the ‘goats’ - He grants faith only to ‘…all those that the Father hath given unto Him…’; and His elect souls are Eternally saved.  (John 6:37)  ‘Speak, Lord, for Thy servant heareth…’  Amen.

Thought:  In the storms of life - let us listen carefully for ‘…the voice of the Lord…’!  He will encourage us and direct our paths towards His peace.