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Cornerstone Community Church

Song of the Righteous King

Intro:  Political corruption and oppression abound.  Little hope.

Haines City Police Chief- charges of solicitation

Birmingham, AL mayor- federal corruption charges

Governor of IL- federal corruption charges including selling Obama’s seat in the Senate

$2 trillion in personal wealth lost through greed, corruption & fraud (WSJ).

Average for credit card debt- $13k

Big Idea

: King Jesus rules an expanding kingdom with justice, compassion & mercy.

 

 

 

Context: David wrote this for Solomon when he became king, expressing his aspirations.

I. King Jesus rules with perfect justice to produce prosperity (vs. 1-4).

-         This song is a prayer, beginning with a request, as David passes the baton to his son.

-         He asks God to give him “judge/justice”- the act of ruling or governing.  Ill. US Con.

-         Asks God to give him “righteousness/justice”- act in accordance with proper standards.

-         He wants the king to make just & fair decisions!  He is subject to God’s standards.

-         Therefore his rule will bring prosperity.  Solomon became very prosperous.

-         Oppressors steal prosperity from others by taking their resources.  Ill. Samaritan’s Purse

-         He puts the squeeze on those who squeeze others. 

-         Solomon failed- in his later years he oppressed the people with high taxes & service.

-         Ontological Argument: aspirations => a reality, such a king must really exist.

-         Jesus, the Righteous One, does rule in perfect righteousness.  All His actions are just.

10 When the righteous prosper, the city rejoices; when the wicked perish, there are shouts of joy.  11 Through the blessing of the upright a city is exalted, but by the mouth of the wicked it is destroyed.  Proverbs 11 (NIV)

Transition:  As a righteous king, Jesus’ rule produces prosperity and opposes oppression.

II. King Jesus rules an ever-expanding kingdom (vs. 5-11).

-         Word pictures portray the enduring & prosperous qualities of his kingdom.

-         The kingdom will stretch from sea to sea, to the ends of the earth.

-         Kings will bring him tribute, willingly and unwillingly, serving him.

-         Solomon’s kingdom grew, but never reached such epic proportions.  Ill. British Empire

-         Jesus’ has grown from Jerusalem, to Judah to Samaria and the ends of the inhabited earth.

-         It spreads thru the announcement of Jesus’ salvation and reign- not the sword.

-         All kings, all people, will serve Him, and bring Him tribute- willingly or not (Phil 2).

-         App. Worship, obedience evangelism, tithing are signs of allegiance.

9 Therefore God exalted him to the highest place and gave him the name that is above every name, 10 that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, in heaven and on earth and under the earth, 11 and every tongue confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.  Philippians 2 (NIV)

Transition: Jesus is spreading his righteous rule throughout the world thru the gospel.

III. King Jesus rules with compassion & mercy for the needy (vs. 12-14).

-         This King is not preoccupied with himself or the rich.  He stoops to help the lowest.

-         4x: “poor/afflicted”- those suffering disability or distress, defenseless against oppression.

-         4x: “needy”- materially poor people, lacking the resources to provide from themselves.

-         He defends those who cannot defend themselves- the disabled, unborn, the fatherless.

-         deliver”- to draw or pull out of danger.  He plucks some from danger.  Ill. Eli

-         pity”- He sees their weakness and is moved to act with compassion.

-         save”- deliver or give victory.  He conquers their foes (Col. 2:15).  Finished work for us.

-         redeem”- to buy back or ransom from difficulty or danger (Col. 1:22; 2:13).

-         Already/Not Yet:  Jesus has already begun to reign, but his reign is not yet complete.

13 When you were dead in your sins and in the uncircumcision of your sinful nature, God made you alive with Christ. He forgave us all our sins,  14 having canceled the written code, with its regulations, that was against us and that stood opposed to us; he took it away, nailing it to the cross.  15 And having disarmed the powers and authorities, he made a public spectacle of them, triumphing over them by the cross.  Colossians 2 (NIV)

Application (Mt. 6: 9-10; 1 Timothy 2:1-2):

-         Shift in praying for the king to praying to the King.  Jesus works in us to pray to Him.

-         Pray for Jesus to expand His kingdom bringing righteousness, peace & prosperity.

-         Ill. Bush DS.  Pray for earthly rulers to be just, compassionate and end corruption.

I urge, then, first of all, that requests, prayers, intercession and thanksgiving be made for everyone—  2 for kings and all those in authority, that we may live peaceful and quiet lives in all godliness and holiness.  1 Timothy 2 (NIV)

Conclusion:  Though earthly rulers are prone to injustice, greed and corruption (just like us) we need not give up hope.  There is one Ruler who is righteous, fair, compassionate- the true Reformer: Jesus.  His kingdom is expanding as he delivers the needy and afflicted- He will bring justice to the oppressors and corrupt.  He is bringing true change!

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