Tuesday, July 4, 2017

Psalm 145:8-14 God's Kingdom Will Outlast Everything Else


KEY TEXT: Psalms 145:10-13 All Your works shall praise You, O Lord, and Your saints shall bless You. They shall speak of the glory of Your kingdom, and talk of Your power, to make known to the sons of men His mighty acts, and the glorious majesty of His kingdom. Your kingdom is an everlasting kingdom, and Your dominion endures throughout all generations. NKJV

KEY THOT: If churches today speak more of the kingdom of God (as Jesus did) and less of their particular church brand names or their peculiar doctrines, we will see more of God's glory and power manifested in our midst and less of the displays of human pride in churches. The saints of old had only one brand to boast of--the Kingdom of God:  "They speak of the glory of Your kingdom and talk of Your power, to make known to the sons of men His mighty acts, and the glorious majesty of His kingdom" (vv.11-12). As in the Lord's Prayer, our priority saints should not be "us" and "our" but Your name, Your Kingdom and Your will.  When we boast about God's kingdom, rather our special brands, we enlarge our vision of God, expand our heart-felt worship and extend our hope beyond the temporal into the eternal--"Your kingdom is an everlasting kingdom, and Your dominion endures throughout all generations." (v.13). 

The Gospel is about the Kingdom of God, of which Jesus Christ is the conquering King. When we speak of God's kingdom, we are embolden to proclaim the Gospel because the Kingdom of God will ultimately triumph over the demonic kingdoms and human institutions, nations, and empires. It is the only reality that will be prevail because it is eternal. This is what Daniel saw some five centuries before Christ (Daniel 7:13-14):
  • "I saw in the night visions, and behold, with the clouds of heaven there came one like a son of man, and he came to the Ancient of Days and was presented before him. And to him was given dominion and glory and a kingdom, that all peoples, nations, and languages should serve him; his dominion is an everlasting dominion, which shall not pass away, and his kingdom one that shall not be destroyed." 
All human institutions, whether religious or secular, will one day pass away. Only one thing will remain--the Kingdom of God. So it makes sense to seek first this kingdom and help build and extend this kingdom for it is the only thing will outlast everything else. All brand-names that we boast about today will disappear in His presence. All peculiar doctrines and theologies that divide us will be swallowed up in His power. Only one thing remain--Jesus Christ the Son of Man coming in the clouds of heaven in glory to inherit His everlasting kingdom. 

Abba-Father, help us to focus on the only thing that is eternal--Your kingdom. May You deliver us from exalting our particular doctrines and brand names instead of Christ and His Kingdom. Amen.

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