8th March 2014

Long May He Reign Over Us 

“Yours, Lord, is the greatness and the power and the glory and the majesty and the splendour, for everything in heaven and earth is yours. Yours, Lord, is the kingdom; you are exalted as head over all.”
1 Chronicles 29:11 (NIV)

‘Dennis,’ wrote a friend, ‘has been thinking about kings. He really likes Ben and Holly’s little Kingdom (an animated pre-school TV series). He asked me what kingdom we live in? I asked him what he thought. As he had the computer open, he went to Google Earth and put in our postcode….eureka: we live in Google Earth Kingdom…obviously! And where does King Google live, he asked?’ 

You’ll find him ruling in the worldwide communication kingdom, a bits and bytes web-world of near instantaneous information, a country of texts and tweets. It’s just one of the worlds that we may choose to enter, acquiescing to its rules and demands over us. It can have such a hold over our lives that some signed-up citizens cannot imagine living without it. 

We also come under the control of other greater and lesser kings, from national governments to local councils and our obedience is not voluntary. They have the power to force their rule over us by legal might or in some cases even physical strength. Police, tax inspectors, teachers, traffic wardens: whoever they are, our choice is whether we submit to their rule or reap the consequences. 

Yet behind all the myriad of little or large kingdoms, dictatorships and earthly serfdoms that control our lives, stands another kingdom, unseen, but without which all our worlds would dissolve to nothingness. Its King does not demand allegiance from us. A mysterious hand will not suddenly appear and scrawl on some graffiti-stained wall, warning us that we have been weighed in the balance and found wanting if we refuse to obey. For the King is looking for subjects who willingly place themselves under his rule. He’s a benign and loving Lord who is there every day we awake and open our eyes—offering us a world for us to live in, move in and in which we may  have our being (Acts 17:28). 

Lord of all, through the power of your Spirit may we confess with our lives: Thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory, for ever and ever.

Study by Hilary Buck


hilarybuck1About the Author:
Hilary Buck attends Grace Communion in Lewes.

Local Congregation:
Grace Communion – Lewes
The Priory School
Mountfield Road

Meeting Time:
Saturday 11:00am

Local Congregational Contact:
Hilary Buck
Email: hilarybucksbox@mypostoffice.co.uk

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