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Songs of Hope: There is a King

Posted by Hayden Lenderman on

Song: There is a King

Artist: Elevation Worship

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The purpose of worship is for us to glorify God and praise Him for who He is and what He has done. I love songs like this one that are very reverent.

“There is a King seated among us

Let every heart receive Him now

Where there is praise, He will inhabit

There will be grace and mercy all around”

“For where two or three have gathered together in My name, I am there in their midst.” (Matthew 18:20, NASB) From the beginning of the song, we declare God’s presence with us because we have gathered together to praise Him; Emmanuel, God with us. Whenever I would talk about worship, specifically worship through songs, with my dad, he would always tell me, “Worship is about each person coming into an audience of one with God.” Even though we join with many others physically, our worship is between us and God. As we come into that audience of one with God and we spend time in worship, we prepare our hearts to receive from God whatever He purposes to give us.

“Every burden will be lifted in His presence

And every trophy will be laid down at His feet

There is a name that reigns above all others

Jesus Christ the King above all kings”

“‘Come to Me, all who are weary and heavy-laden, and I will give you rest. Take My yoke upon you and learn from Me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For My yoke is easy and My burden is light.’” (Matthew 11:28-30, NASB) Jesus promises us rest in Him. He calls us to Him, to take His yoke upon ourselves because His burden is light. Here, Jesus was specifically speaking to the Jewish people about the unnecessarily heavy burden the Pharisees placed upon the Jewish people for them to obtain “salvation”. But how well does that mirror today, where we can often find ourselves thinking that we need to follow certain rules and check things off a list in order to be good Christians? Yes, being a Christian does necessitate that we act a certain way, following God’s will for each of our lives, but salvation was bought for us by Christ on the cross and is accepted by us by grace through faith (Ephesians 2:8). See these words from Revelation, “And when the living creatures give glory and honor and thanks to Him who sits on the throne, to Him who lives forever and ever, the twenty-four elders will fall down before Him who sits on the throne, and will worship Him who lives forever and ever, and will cast their crowns before the throne, saying, ‘Worthy are You, our Lord and our God, to receive glory and honor and power; for You created all things, and because of Your will they existed, and were created.’” (Revelation 4:9-11, NASB). In John’s vision from Jesus, which is the book of Revelation, we see the elders’ response to worshipping Jesus was to cast down their crowns, their trophies at His feet, realizing that He alone is worthy of our praise.

“Unto the Lamb honor and glory

Worthy is He who overcame

Buried in shame risen in power

He is alive and the stone is rolled away”

We continue giving God honor and glory because He is worthy of it. Read the account of Jesus’ arrest, trial, beating, mocking, and crucifixion in the gospels and you will see that Jesus suffered a cruel and demoralizing torture and death at the hands of people He loves. He was beaten within an inch of His life, mocked, spit upon, forced to carry His own cross to the place He would be crucified. They made sign for Him that was placed at the top of the cross that said, “Jesus the Nazarene, King of the Jews”. This was meant to mock Him. Then Jesus was buried, having suffered a criminal’s death. But on the third day, He rose again in victory over the grave! Sin and death had been defeated by His mighty power and our Savior was alive again, proving Himself to be the Messiah, the Son of God and Lord of all. Praise God!

“All our worship will belong to Him forever

Death is conquered and our Savior holds the keys

There is a name that reigns above all others

Jesus Christ the King above all kings”

Here, again, we declare that we will worship Him always, and that He will receive all of our worship. Not part or most, but all our worship belongs to Him. When the devil tempted Jesus in the wilderness, he said that he would give Jesus all the kingdoms of the world if Jesus would bow down to him, and Jesus said “‘It is written, “you shall worship the Lord your God and serve Him only.”’” (Luke 4:8b, NASB). Jesus modeled for us that we should only worship God. He reinforced this when He said “‘“You shall love the Lord your God will all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your mind.” This is the great and foremost commandment.’” (Matthew 22:37b-38, NASB) If Jesus calls us to worship God with ALL our heart and soul and mind, then we can’t devote our worship to anything else. As I mentioned in the previous paragraph, Jesus was crucified, buried for three days (this is significant because after three days, Jesus was assured to be dead according to Jewish custom), and then He rose again conquering sin and death. Jesus paid the price we couldn’t, and we are now able to accept His gift of salvation and spend eternity with Him.

“It won’t be long we will behold Him

And every tear He’ll wipe away

We’ll be at home the war will be over

Soon we will meet our Savior face to face”

This verse is such a beautiful reminder of what is to come for those that have accepted Christ as Lord! Jesus may not come back to earth during our lifetimes but compared to eternity we won’t have to wait long before we see Him in all His glory. “‘…and He will wipe away every tear from their eyes, and there will no longer be any death; there will no longer be any mourning, or crying, or pain; the first things have passed away.’” (Revelation 21:4, NASB) There will come a time when all the pain and evil and broken things of this world will be no more. The enemy and those that followed him will be cast into the lake of fire and those that accepted Jesus as Lord will join Him in the New Heaven and New Earth, as God originally intended for us. Then we will worship Jesus for eternity, with no suffering or death or pain or sorrow ever again.

“All our worship will belong to You forever

Holy holy for all eternity

Yours is the name that reigns above all others

Jesus Christ the King above all kings

Jesus Christ the King above all kings”

Here, we sing to Jesus, declaring that He is holy and that He is the name that reigns above all other names. Nothing in all of creation will be greater than God. We resolve to worship God alone because He is worthy and holy and righteous and perfect. He is the King of kings and Lord of lords.

Prayer

Father, thank You for who You are and what You have done. Help me to always see You as holy and worthy of my praise.

Jesus, thank You for Your redeeming work on the cross. Help me to lift Your name on high, declaring You as King of kings and Lord of lords.

Spirit, thank You for being the constant presence of God in me. Help me to become more and more like Jesus every day.

Amen.

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