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Friday, May 6, 2016

Kingdom Mentality (Psalm 145:1, 11-13)

"I will exalt you, my God the King.
I will praise your name for ever and ever.
They will tell of the glory of you kingdom
and speak of your might,
so that all men may know of your mighty acts
and the glorious splendor of your kingdom.
Your kingdom is an everlasting kingdom,
and your dominion endures through all generations."

Jesus spoke often of the kingdom of God and according to "The Lord's Prayer" He prayed for the coming of God's kingdom. The Gospels record 54 references to the kingdom of God. Paul refers to the kingdom of God as does James and John. Even though they lived under the great Roman kingdom they lived for the day when the eternal kingdom would be established and revealed. They lived and prepared for that kingdom and that day.
The Kingdom of God is:
  • God's kingdom (Matthew 6:33)
  • A realm where Satan has no influence or power (Matthew 12:28; Romans 12:10)
  • A place of welcome for the redeemed (Matthew 21:31)
  • Inherited by those born of the Spirit. Flesh and blood cannot inherit this kingdom (1 Corinthians 15:50)
  • Costs God the death of His Son so that forgiven sinners could enjoy its benefits (1 Corinthians 6:9-10; 15:50; Galatians 5:21; Ephesians 5:5; James 2:5)
  • Available to the poor (Luke 2:28). The rich often think that they've already had theirs here on earth (Luke 18:24-25)
  • Mysterious but real (Luke 8:10)

One only has to read Psalm 145:1, 11-13 to see that David lives for this kingdom. Though he reigns as a great king, he sees, recognizes, and worships the King of a greater kingdom. David commends this King and His kingdom to all who will listen. David recognizes that his personal kingdom will end at his death but that God's kingdom is eternal, lasting from one generation to the next. The question then, begs to be asked, "What kept David so focused on the eternal kingdom?" Further, we must ask ourselves how can we develop "kingdom mentality"?

Jesus implores the church at Laodicea to "anoint your eyes with eyesalve, that you may see" (Revelation 3:18). Apparently their wealth and love for worldly goods blinded their eyes to eternal kingdom living. They "had need of nothing". David, on the other hand, had everything but he lived focused upon the Eternal King and His kingdom.

Jesus warned of the power and lure of covetousness, the lure of things and stuff in Luke 12:15, "And He said to them, “Take heed and beware of covetousness, for one’s life does not consist in the abundance of the things he possesses." Paul declares the reality of God's kingdom in Romans 14:17, "For the kingdom of God is not eating and drinking, but righteousness and peace and joy in the Holy Spirit."

So then, nothing dims the view of the King and His Kingdom as does the pursuit of temporal things. That is why Jesus declares that the Kingdom of God must be sought with utter abandonment in Matthew 6:33. David discovered that and we can learn from his discovery.

Questions for today's Chronological Bible reading:
Psalm 138
  • According to this Psalm what has God exalted above all things?
  • What holds an exalted position in your life and pursuits?
Psalm 139
  • What is the main thought or theme throughout this Psalm and how does it apply to your life?
Psalm 145
  • What does this Psalm communicate about God the King, and His kingdom participants?
1 Samuel 21; 2 Samuel 9:1-13
  • What does God use to get David's attention?
  • Why does God take the death of the Gibeonites so seriously?
  • Who is Mephibosheth and why does David spare him?
  • What does this teach you about covenant?
  • Think of yourself in the same position as Mephibosheth. What does Mephibosheth understand about his situation? about God?
Psalm 8
  • What does this Psalm teach you about man's position in relation to creation?
  • What does the study of creation do for mankind?
Turning truth into prayer:
Submit yourself to the God the King as His subject. Ask the Lord to treat your eyes with spiritual eyesalve and reveal His kingdom to you.