KEY THOT: All the blessings we enjoy as saints are the result of our participation in the kingdom of God through being “born again”. The psalmist speaks here of the glory and power of the kingdom. He describes the kingdom in present tense, not future: “Your kingdom is an everlasting kingdom, and your dominion endures throughout all generations.” The psalmist associates the word “dominion” (Heb: memshalah, meaning “rule or realm”) with the word “kingdom” (Heb: malkuth, meaning “reign or empire”). So the kingdom of God is the realm where his reign and rule are accepted by the children of man.
As subjects of the kingdom, we enjoy the blessings of God’s beneficent rule over all his subjects: “You open your hand; you satisfy the desire of every living thing” (v.16). However, that is conditional that we accept the King’s right to rule over us and submit to His law. We cannot be citizens of the kingdom and ignore the King’s stipulations or deny His Spirit’s presence.
As children of God, we are citizens of kingdom, enjoying the blessings of His beneficent rule. But as citizens of the kingdom, we can no longer live like we are in the “old country”, doing as we please and seeking to please ourselves rather than Christ our King. When Jesus says, “All authority on earth and in heaven has been given to me” (Mt. 28:18), he implies he is the King of kings and He calls to people to repent and come under His rule of freedom, not continue under Satan's rule of slavery. Christ's rule is marked by “righteousness, peace and joy in the Holy Spirit” (Rom. 14:17).
As children of the kingdom, we have been entrusted with this good news (gospel) of the kingdom to extend Christ’s rule to those who are still outside the kingdom—who are in fact in Satan’s kingdom of darkness marked by depravity, diseases, demonization and death. We cannot remain indifferent to others who are still in slavery to Satan and sin, while we enjoy our freedom in Christ. As we have freely received, we must now also freely give: “And as you go, preach, saying, 'The kingdom of heaven is at hand.' Heal the sick, cleanse the lepers, raise the dead, cast out demons. Freely you have received, freely give” (Matt 10:7-8, NKJV).
Father, as children of the Kingdom, we ask You for passion for You and compassion for the lost. Deliver us from a self-centred lifestyle to submit to Your rule, that others may see Christ in us. Amen.