Live Like a King
The king shall joy in thy strength, O LORD; and in thy salvation how greatly shall he rejoice! ~Psalm 21:1
A king is a powerful monarch with rulership, ownership, and sovereignty over people, land, businesses, economy, armies, and riches. He and his family live a lavish lifestyle with sumptuous meals, grand entertainment of guests, servants galore, and the best of everything that ruling a kingdom could render. To live like a king meant grand luxury and the best of everything. God has made us kings and priests. David is a picture and encouraging lesson on how we live as kings.
We see a king’s salvation.
“And in thy salvation how greatly shall he rejoice!” We become kings through a saving knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ. Jesus makes us kings and priests in God our Father. Salvation brings us into the most precious of relationships with our Lord. We are heirs of God and joint-heirs with our Lord Jesus Christ. Salvation brings us the blessings of goodness and an identity in our Lord.
We see a king’s strength.
“The king shall joy in thy strength, O LORD.…” Our strength is not in machinery, science, armies, guns, large holdings, or knowledge. Our strength is from the Lord. He gives us strength for our duties. He gives us strength for our duress. He gives us strength for our day. When we are weak, then we are strong. With the Lord as our strength, we can run through a troop and leap over walls. We have power and strength through our Lord.
We see a king’s sanction.
“Thou hast given him his heart's desire, and hast not withholden the request of his lips. Selah.” As kings, we have considerable permission to ask and receive, to seek and find, and to knock and have it opened to us. When we delight ourselves in the Lord, He gives us the desire of our heart (Psalm 37:4). Prayer privileges us with power with God and power with men. "No good thing will he withhold from them that walk uprightly."