Tuesday, January 31, 2017


"But of the Son He says,
'Your throne, O God, is forever and ever,
And the righteous scepter is the scepter of His kingdom.'
You have loved righteousness and hated lawlessness (iniquity);
Therefore God, Your God, anointed You
with the oil of gladness above Your companions."
(Psalm 45:17)

"Thy throne, O God, is forever and ever."

"It is in both worlds;
and extends over all time;
and will exist through all endless duration...
Matthew 28:18,
"My throne...I shall have the same glory--
sovereign, unlimited power and authority,
which I had with the Father before the world began.
'But unto the sonne he sayeth,
God, thi seate endureth for ever and ever:
the cepter of thi kyngdome is a right cepter.'"
(Adam Clarke)

This is an echo of Isaiah 61's prophecy,
"The Spirit of the Lord God is upon me,
Because the Lord has anointed me
To bring good news to the afflicted
He has sent me to bind up the brokenhearted,
To proclaim liberty to captives
And freedom to prisoners;
To proclaim the favorable year of the Lord
And the day of vengeance of our God;
To comfort all who mourn,
To grant those who mourn in Zion,
Giving them a garland instead of ashes,
The oil of gladness instead of mourning,
The mantle of praise instead of a spirit of fainting..."

The Son is anointed
with the oil of gladness
His throne is eternal.
He holds the righteous scepter.

David was brought from the sheepfolds and anointed instead of his companions,
his more handsome, more esteemed, stronger, older brothers.
God's Son has been anointed above all prophets, above Moses, above Abraham, above David.

"Who for the joy set before Him endured the cross,
despised the shame,
and has set down at the right hand of the Father."
(Hebrews 12:2)

Loving righteousness and hating iniquity is because
"He is infinitely pure and holy."
(John Wesley)
"In spite of iniquity, which He hates, there is joy.
Instead of bad news, there is good news.
Instead of brokenheartedness, there is healing.
Instead of slavery and prison chains, there is freedom.
Instead of mourning, there is comfort.
Instead of ashes of grief, there is a garland.
Instead of fainting, there is a mantle of praise.

My son tells me that as the result of the last election was made known,
the high school parking lot was full of honking, flag waving and cheering by
"rednecks," who are quite comfortable in our little community.

Sometimes I forget this. 
Do you? 
It's time to put back on that garland of joy
because He is our King!
He has been anointed.
He is enthroned!
He holds His scepter,
He has sat down at the right hand of the Majesty on high!

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