But of the Son he says, “Your throne, O God, is forever and ever, the scepter of uprightness is the scepter of your kingdom. You have loved righteousness and hated wickedness; therefore God, your God, has anointed you with the oil of gladness beyond your companions.” Heb. 1:8-9
The armies of heaven were following him, riding on white horses and dressed in fine linen, white and clean. Out of his mouth comes a sharp sword with which to strike down the nations. “He will rule them with an iron scepter.” He treads the winepress of the fury of the wrath of God Almighty. On his robe and on his thigh he has this name written: King of Kings and Lord of Lords. Rev. 19:14-16
Lord Jesus, there’s really nothing that affects my life more than how I think about you. The more I see you everywhere in the Scriptures, the more I understand why you alone are worthy of our adoration, affection, and allegiance. I expect to say the same thing ten thousand years from now.
Today I marvel at and find great peace in the joy of your kingship—something quite befitting an election year! It’s thrilling to see the relationship between your joy and your hatred of wickedness and love of righteousness. Truly, you are the King of kings and Lord of lords. Your reign has begun and one Day will be fully consummated! Hallelujah, many times over!
You take great delight in crushing evil, just as you rejoice in making all things new. Indeed, your kingdom is a kingdom of righteousness, peace, and joy in the Holy Spirit (Rom. 14:7). The Father has placed the government of the entire cosmos on your shoulders, and your reign of grace and peace is expanding all the time. You are the joyful King of the Ages.
Today I also remember your request for the Father to fill your church with this very same joy—the fullness of your joy—the joy you have eternally enjoyed within the Godhead (John 17:13).
May an increase of our joy propel us into expanded servanthood. May it be the fire we need for doing justice, loving mercy, and walking humbly with our God. May the oil of your joy encourage and refresh us lest we grow weary in the battle.
You crushed Satan under your feet on the cross, and he will soon be crushed under our feet at your return (Rom. 16:20). Though evil hates beauty, your mercy and might have and will triumph forever. Our labors in you are not in vain. Your throne will last forever and ever, and your reign of grace will never end. So very Amen we pray with joy and hope, in your loving and triumphant name.