Jesus is Her King (For My Queen, on Her Birthday)

Listen, O daughter, give attention and incline your ear: Forget your people and your father’s house; then the King will desire your beauty. Because He is your Lord, bow down to Him (Ps 45:10-11). Psalm 45 was a song written for the king’s wedding.  Israel’s handsome, valiant and humble king was joined to a radiant woman who “is all glorious within” (v13).  In vv10-11, we hear the bride’s father giving […]

The Church Isn’t a Commodity

Bonhoeffer captured the heart of the royal priesthood (1 Pt 2.9): The Christian needs another Christian who speaks God’s Word to him.  He needs him again and again when he becomes uncertain and discouraged, for by himself he cannot help himself without belying the truth.  He needs his brother man as a bearer and proclaimer of the divine word of salvation.  He needs his brother solely because of Jesus Christ.  […]

Whose Nations Are They After All?

My 2009 Bible-reading plan took me to Pss 1-2 this morning.  Psalm 2 is a coronation psalm wherein God declares the inauguration of His King-who-is-Son.  All ambitious kings who aspire to the Son’s throne humor God to the point of anger.  This one is the King of all kings because he is Son of all sons.  After conferring sonship on the newly installed king (v7), God invites him to “Ask […]