January 5: The Lord Is King

January 5: The Lord Is King

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Chris Rowekamp

“The Lord is King for ever and ever; the nations will perish from his land.”
—Psalm 10:16 NIV


You don’t have to look very far or for long to realize that injustice is rampant in our world. That’s what Psalm 10 is about: how the wicked prosper and the poor are taken advantage of. How it seems that God does not bring justice.

We see this dynamic play out in practically every nation on earth, and frankly the problem can seem so large that it feels useless to do anything about it.

“That’s just the way it is; the powerful prey on the weak,” we tell ourselves.

But that’s only part of the picture. That’s a snapshot; what we’re seeing here and now.

If we’re going to avoid throwing in the towel and giving up on ever seeing justice in our world, it’s time that we received a new perspective.

God’s perspective.

The nations will perish, and those who commit injustice with them, but “the Lord is king forever and ever.”

One day all will stand before the judgment seat of Christ (see 2 Cor. 5:10), and on that day all wrongs will be made right.

It is this eternal perspective that enables us to fight for justice without growing weary, for we know that although we may feel powerless in the face of evil, there will come a day when justice will prevail, and our life on this earth will seem like a passing shadow (see Psalm 102:11).

May we learn to live in the tension between fighting for justice and trusting in the One who will one day make all wrongs right.

May we have proper perspective today.

Here is a short prayer that you can carry with you on your very breath today:

Breathe in: The Lord is king
Breathe out: Forever and ever.

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