Welcome to the Read Along for Daughters of the King: Finding Your Place in the Biblical Story! Today we’re covering Chapter 6. Still need to buy your book? Grab it on Amazon or Paypal.
Royal imagery of a coming King dots the landscape of the biblical story.
- In Gen. 17, God promised a King would come from Abraham and Sarah’s lineage.
- In Gen. 49, Jacob prophesied that a universally recognized King would come from the tribe of his son, Judah.
- In Ex. 19, God assembled a kingdom of priests who were to be ruled by a divine King (Ex. 19).
- And in 2 Sam. 7, God promised to bring from David’s house a forever king on a forever throne.
This royal motif is continued through the Prophets and into the Writings. Many of the Psalms, penned by David, show how closely David held these promises of a new covenant and new King to his own heart.
Psalm 2 is one such song of hope.
Ps. 2 embodies the good news/bad news scenario often seen in the prophets – the news of judgment and hope.
According to Psalm 2, this new kind of King would do 3 things for his people.
1. He would be the Person no one else could be (Ps. 2:6-7)
This royal figure would be uniquely related to God as his Son. God also viewed Israel as his children, but no matter how hard they tried they always failed to honor their covenant relationship with their father. He would be God’s very own ‘begotten’ Son.
This coming Son would be the perfect Person, perfectly reflecting the Father and his love in a way Israel could not, nor can we.
2. He would be the Ruler no one else could be (Ps. 2:8-9)
This royal figure would be uniquely positioned as Ruler of the world. While Israel failed to uphold their original job description – priest and light to the nations – this new King would succeed.
This coming King would be the perfect Ruler, perfectly reflecting the Father and his authority in a way Israel could not, nor can we. He would bring justice where it was needed (vs. 9).
3. He would be Savior no one else could be (Ps. 2:10-12)
This royal figure would be uniquely qualified to serve as the Savior of the world. While Israel failed to bring justice to the surrounding nations and in their own lives, this new King would succeed.
This coming King would be the perfect Sacrifice, perfectly appeasing the wrath of God on our behalf and bringing us peace (wholeness and justice) with God.
The loveliness of this psalm is found in the way it ends – on a note of intimacy.
In Chapter 6, I write in Daughters of the King:
“The idea of kissing’ the Son is a call to an intimate relationship with the Son, the coming King. We see terms of endearment and devotion used here that seem discordant with the grotesque pictures of judgment. But remember, the message found in both is like a two-sided coin. …Our blessings are intimately tied to the coming King. Many of the blessings that we’ve outlined in the prophets – a new covenant, a new temple, a new creation – are all contingent upon the coming King and the status of our relationship to him. And so, even today, we are called to place our hope in this very same King.”
So, what does this new kind of King have to do with you? He alone offers you a way to enter into relationship (peace) with God.
This King who appears in the biblical story is a new kind of King, a King capable of doing for you what you can’t do on your own.
As the Son of God, he invites you to enter into a relationship with him – to become a Daughter of the King.
As the Ruler of the world, he invites you to dwell in his court where we are protected under the shadow of his wing and given the privilege of serving Him.
As the Savior of sinners, he invites you to put on his righteousness and cleanse you of all your sin.
“Blessed are all those who put their trust in Him.” (Ps. 2:12)
What has the King done for you? Share a note of praise to our King in the comments!
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