Come, Thou Almighty King
Psalm 10:16 – The Lord is king forever and ever; the nations perish from his land.
Psalm 24:10 – Who is this King of glory? The Lord of hosts, he is the King of glory!
Psalm 47:7 – For God is the King of all the earth; sing praises with a psalm!
Luke 19:38 – “Blessed is the King who comes in the name of the Lord! Peace in heaven and glory in the highest!”
1 Timothy 1:17 – To the King of the ages, immortal, invisible, the only God, be honor and glory forever and ever. Amen.
Revelation 11:15b – “The kingdom of the world has become the kingdom of our Lord and of his Christ, and he shall reign forever and ever.”
Revelation 17:14 – They will make war on the Lamb, and the Lamb will conquer them, for he is Lord of lords and King of kings, and those with him are called and chosen and faithful.
Come, Thou Almighty King
Come, thou almighty King, Help us thy name to sing,
Help us to praise! Father all glorious, O’er all vic -
tortious, Come, and reign over us, Ancient of Days!
Come, thou incarnate Word, Gird on thy mighty sword,
Our prayer attend; Come, and thy people bless, and give thy
Word success; Spirit of holiness, On us descend!
Come holy Comforter, Thy sacred witness bear,
In this glad hour: Thou who almighty art, Now rule in
every heart, And ne’er from us depart, Spirit of power!
To thee, great One in Three, Eternal praises be,
Hence, evermore: Thy sovereign majesty May we in
glory see, And to eternity Love and adore!
Now, majesty is a word which the Bible uses to express the thought of the greatness of God, our Maker and our Lord. “The Lord reigns, he is robed in majesty… Your throne was established long ago” (Ps. 93:1-2). “The will speak of the glorious splendor of your majesty, and I will mediate on your wonderful works” (Ps 145:5).
In Hebrews, the phrase the majesty twice does duty for God; Christ, we are told, at his ascension sat down “at the right hand of the Majesty in heaven,” “at the right hand of the throne of the Majesty in heaven” (Heb 1:3; 8:1). The word majesty, when applied to God, is always a declaration of his greatness and an invitation to worship. (J.I. Packer)
Is He Your King?
That’s a bit of misleading question. God, as our Scripture points out, is Lord of lords and King of kings. He is the King of heaven and earth, whether or not we choose to recognize him as such. It’s like gravity; it works whether we acknowledge it or not. God is the rightful King of all there is and, as such, deserves our worship, reverence, and submission. What is so astonishing is we are invited not only to know about this King, but to know him personally. He has told us in his Word that he loves us and cares about us. In fact, he has gone to extreme lengths to enable us to enter into an abundant and eternally lasting relationship with himself. Make no mistake about it, this King is worthy of our worship, indeed of our very lives.
Questions for Reflection
Great and majestic God, I give you praise and adoration for being my good and loving King. In your grace you have condescended to bring me into a relationship with yourself, even though I do not deserve it. I am humbled by this and offer you my heartfelt gratitude. Please fill me with your presence so I might, in return, live a life of worship that is pleasing in your sight. In Christ’s name I pray. Amen.
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