Christ is King

This coming Sunday is known as the Feast of Christ the King. It celebrates Christ's authority as King and Lord over all things in heaven and on earth. He is the One in control and has complete sovereignty over the people and animals of the earth, even the earth itself, the universe, and beyond. (1 Chronicles 29:11-12) This year, with the election being so close to Christ the King Sunday, it has caused me to think about Who is in control, Who really is King. Our nation and all of the nations on earth are in God's Kingdom and always will be.

In preparing for Sunday's music each week, I spend time with the text of the psalm and apply musical sounds to the words. For this Sunday, it is Psalm 46. After reading through it, I decided to spend some extra time studying it because the words struck me. The psalm speaks to how God is our refuge, our strength and how we should not fear even though the world is falling apart all around us. He is the One there for us. The psalm continues to speak about nations, kingdoms, and the earth being under His authority. The end of the psalm tells us to "Be still, then, and know that I am God." This verse has always had a special place in my heart, but to connect it to the opening of the psalm, the nations, and how He is King made me desire to just be still and know that He is God, know that He is indeed King.

I hope that you take some time before Sunday to read through it, study it. Let the words penetrate to the depths of your heart and may you know that Christ is your King.

God is our refuge and strength,
a very present help in trouble.

Therefore we will not fear, though the earth be moved,
and though the mountains be toppled into the depths of the sea;
Though its waters rage and foam,
and though the mountains tremble at its tumult.

The LORD of hosts is with us;
the God of Jacob is our stronghold.

There is a river whose streams make glad the city of God,
the holy habitation of the Most High.
God is in the midst of her; she shall not be overthrown;
God shall help her at the break of day.
The nations make much ado, and the kingdoms are shaken;
God has spoken, and the earth shall melt away.

The LORD of hosts is with us;
the God of Jacob is our stronghold.

Come now and look upon the works of the LORD,
what awesome things he has done on earth.
It is he who makes war to cease in all the world;
he breaks the bow, and shatters the spear,
and burns the shields with fire.

“Be still, then, and know that I am God;
I will be exalted among the nations;
I will be exalted in the earth.”

The LORD of hosts is with us;
the God of Jacob is our stronghold.


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