Recently, a series of questions came to my forefront
“Simone ... ”
“Why in the world would you change a professional career as public school teacher to work in ministry?”
“Why would you even bother raising money to travel all the way around the world to teach and train poor people you don’t even know?”
“Why are you always talking about a King when you know our government system in America is obviously different from other countries?”
“Why would you drive all day clear across Arizona to speak at a conference or event?”
Inquisitive aren’t they?
Often times with these questions (and motives of the heart) come visual facial observations of the raised eyebrows, rolling eyes and the head tilt. The questioning tones in the voice with brassy inflections of speech ... that comes across as accusatory. The mocking type hand gestures soon accompany the scoffing and under the breath laughter ... Not to mention the gossips, slander, whispers and the opinions.
The answer to these questions is a more excellent question.
Who is this King of glory?
Yep there is the word King again.
King David was the presiding king of the country Judah and Israel for 40 years, starting in 1011 B.C. to 971 B.C. He writes in Psalm 24 the attributes of the heavenly triune King.
First, King David
In verse 1-2, King David points out the authority the heavenly King has on His own creation, noting.
— that the earth is His and all the fullness of the earth
— not just the whole world but all those that dwell in it
— the stars were founded by Him and the stars established by Him
Acknowledging, solidifying all supremacy is in the heavenly King
Then King David shifts his train of thought in verses 3-6, bringing the reader to view themselves in the midst of the heavenly King
— who can ascend to His hill, or stand in His holy place?
— who has clean hands heart and free from serving idols?
— there are blessings, righteousness upon generations when we seek Him
The climax of this passage of scripture is in verses 7-9. Describing our response to the previous knowledge.
— praise, seeking and inviting the King of glory, the heavenly King to come in (to our lives)
— affirming His strength and might in battle
So who is this King of glory that announces His sovereignty over all?
That commands the attention of the reader to lift up their heads to Him?
And proclaims His might and strength in battle?
His name is Jesus, part of the Trinity and the deity of God
So my answer to those previous questions directed my way, is simple. I do what I do for the King of glory and for the love He has for me. That He can be glorified in my life and all that I do.
It reminds me of a song by Third Day called, “Who is this King of Glory?” These modern-day lyrics echo the same passion of what King David wrote in his poetry during the 1000 B.C. time frame, as well as the same passion that motivates me to do what I do as a minister and ambassador of the King.
Who is this King of glory that pursues me with His love? And haunts me with each hearing of His softly spoken words? My conscience, a reminder of forgiveness that I need? Who is this King of glory who offers it to me? Who is this King of angels, O blessed Prince of Peace, revealing things of Heaven and all its mysteries? My spirit’s ever longing for His grace in which to stand. Who is this King of glory, Son of God and son of man? His name is Jesus, precious Jesus. The Lord Almighty, the King of my heart. The King of glory. Who is this King of glory with strength and majesty? And wisdom beyond measure, the gracious King of kings? The Lord of Earth and Heaven, the Creator of all things? Who is this King of glory? He’s everything to me. The Lord of Earth and Heaven, the Creator of all things. He is the King of glory. He’s everything to me.
It also reminds me of a true story I recently heard: While a Sunday school teacher was teaching small children, this teacher asked the students “How many of you know Jesus?” Hands appeared up to the sky as fingers wiggled confirming the answer to the question.
Yet one little boy in the back raised his hand and said “I do not know Jesus.” to which the teacher responded ... “Who can describe to this boy who Jesus is?”
Hands once again appeared up to the sky as fingers wiggled to be called on to share.
One little girl suffering from multiple health concerns shared about how Jesus is her healer.
Another child shared that Jesus was their Savior.
Yet another child shared how Jesus was their Friend.
And many more kids shared the wonderful characteristics of Jesus Christ — the King of glory.
Finally the boy in the back who previously did not know Jesus and who intently listened to each story that each child shared, exclaimed “Now, I know who Jesus is!”
SO I WANT TO ASK YOU (hand in the air, wiggling my fingers and sharing my story)
1) Will you acknowledge the King of glory, lifting up your head and opening your gates and door?
2) Will you look at nature, the heavens and the earth acknowledging His supremacy, then praise Him?
3) Will you dedicate your life, all that you do, to give the heavenly King of glory, glory in and throughout your life?
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Simone Lake is a full-time minister and serves in the areas of international Bible teacher, speaker, missionary, mentor, chaplain and author. She holds a master’s degree in theology and attends Church on Randall Place where she serves in various capacities alongside her husband, Pastor John Lake.
Read more about her current Bible studies, speaking engagements and upcoming events at: www.simonelake.com.