GOD IS KING
By Wayne S. Walker
"You are my King, O God; command victories for Jacob" (Psalm 44:4). The Greek Septuagint and the Latin Vulgate both read, "You are my King and my God, who commands victories for Jacob." Either reading emphasizes the fact that God is King. Because Israel was God’s chosen nation under the old covenant, He was their King. This was certainly true during the time of the exodus from Egypt, wilderness wanderings, conquest of Canaan, and period of the judges. Still, even after they clamored for a human king and God gave them one, He was still, or was supposed to be, the ultimate King.
Today, God is still King. He is, in fact, King of the entire universe, including the whole earth, in the sense that He created it and it is governed by His natural laws. "In the beginning, God created the heavens and the earth" (Genesis 1:1). In this sense, all creation is His kingdom. "The LORD has established His throne in heaven, and His kingdom rules over all" (Psalm 103.17). It may be that some on earth do not acknowledge Him as King, but that does not change the fact that He is King. Within a kingdom, there may be rebels who do not acknowledge the king’s rule, but if they are within his territory, they are still subject to his laws.
Also, God is King over His church. Of course, Jesus promised to build the church (Matthew 16:18). However, Jesus is the Word who in the beginning was with God (the Father) and Himself was (and still is) God (John 1:1). Jesus was raised from the dead to sit upon His throne at the right hand of God (Acts 2:30-33). Right now, Christ occupies a special relationship to the church as its King, but when He returns, He will deliver up the kingdom back to God the Father (1 Corinthians 15:24). As a king is head of government, the church is to be subject to Christ as its head (Ephesians 5:23-24). In the person of Jesus Christ, God is King over His spiritual kingdom.
This also means that God is King in the hearts of all people who obey Him. "…For indeed, the kingdom of God is within you" (Luke 17:20). When we confess with our mouths that Jesus is Lord because we believe in our hearts that God has raised Him from the dead, we are in essence pledging our allegiance to Him as the King of our lives (Romans 10:9-10). The truth is that God is King. Nothing can change that fact. There is only one question that remains. Is He your King?