An Enduring Kingdom

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Your kingdom is an everlasting kingdom, and your dominion endures through all generations. Psalm 145:13

American General George C. Patton once said: “For over a thousand years, Roman conquerors returning from the wars enjoyed the honor of triumph—a tumultuous parade…. The conqueror rode in a triumphal chariot, the dazed prisoners walking in chains before him. Sometimes his children, robed in white, stood with him in the chariot, or rode the trace horses. A slave stood behind the conqueror, holding a golden crown, and whispering in his ear a warning: that all glory is fleeting.”

Over the course of history empires have come and gone. Whether the Ottoman, the Roman, or the British empire, one fact is irrefutable: none have lasted or endured.

In contrast to the fleeting nature of worldly empires, Psalm 145 exclaims with great clarity that God’s kingdom “is an everlasting kingdom, and (his) dominion endures through all generations.” This song of praise written by David reminded the Israelites of God’s greatness and glory evidenced by his actions on their behalf. In the life of the Jewish people, this Psalm was recited three times a day and became an important factor in shaping their identity as a people. Through daily recitation, they recounted God’s greatness not as an abstract idea, but as an intimate reality evidenced through his work in history on their behalf. What were those “awesome works” (vs. 6) that David refers to? Throughout the Psalms, praise for God is rooted in the work of creation and in his saving acts in Israel’s history. From the creation account to the story of Joseph to the exodus and the parting of the Red Sea, God acted on Israel’s behalf to deliver, save, and preserve them.

Through these “wonderful works and mighty acts” the God who is king shows his own character and the character of his kingdom: righteousness, steadfast love, mercy, justice, kindness to those who call on him (vv. 14-20).

The daily rehearsal of the nature and works of God shaped the identity of God’s people in ancient times and reminds us today who we are and who God is, and what his rule is like. Unlike earthly empires and kingdoms, God will reign forever. And unlike the glory of ancient Rome or any other empire, God’s glory is not fleeting and is worthy of our service and allegiance.

Tom Keppeler

PONDER: Read Psalm 145 every day for a week and ask yourself: What influences me greater: God’s kingdom, or the kingdom of my culture and country?

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• PSALM 145 •

A psalm of praise. Of David.

I will exalt you, my God the King; I will praise your name for ever and ever. Every day I will praise you and extol your name for ever and ever.

Great is the LORD and most worthy of praise; his greatness no one can fathom.

One generation commends your works to another; they tell of your mighty acts.

They speak of the glorious splendor of your majesty— and I will meditate on your wonderful works.

They tell of the power of your awesome works— and I will proclaim your great deeds.

They celebrate your abundant goodness and joyfully sing of your righteousness.

The LORD is gracious and compassionate, slow to anger and rich in love.

The LORD is good to all; he has compassion on all he has made.

All your works praise you, LORD; your faithful people extol you.

They tell of the glory of your kingdom and speak of your might, so that all people may know of your mighty acts
and the glorious splendor of your kingdom.

Your kingdom is an everlasting kingdom,
and your dominion endures through all generations. (vv.1-13a)

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FAMILY TALK

Change happens. Life is constantly in motion, and it is hard to gauge which trends will last and which are only momentary. Fortunately, those who put their trust in Christ have a constant. God never changes. He is always compassionate and his kingdom will last forever. It is such a comfort to remember that in the midst of constant change we have a consistent God.

Read Psalm 145:9-13. What do these verses reveal about God? What hope can we take from verse 13? Where in your life are you experiencing change? How can the promise of God’s everlasting kingdom bring you comfort?

Krista Heinen

5 thoughts on “An Enduring Kingdom”

  1. This verses teaches me how to thank God for everything he has done to me; How wonderful he is he is so faithful. His promise never fail. He has plan with my life and your messages build up my spirit. I thank him so much what ever I am doing he is on my side. Lord Jesus Christ of Nazareth we love him so much! He died for our sins.

  2. To me, verses 9-13 detail the love and goodness of God’s existence and His rich history of caring, guiding, and teaching those who love Him. Those verses also detail, to me, the responsibility of those He loves to share His richness with others – expressing how He has cared, guided, and taught them in this life to be better loving, obedient children so they (we) are always on the path that is nearest if not constantly knocking into Him — I want to knock into Him always so He holds me up! Then truly His dominion endures on this earth through our families – our ‘trees’ our generations…we may see a tiny glimpse of His Kingdom here…but nothing will compare to what we will see with Him in Paradise — that will be “awe”some! There is much to look forward to and to move forward with in a real moment to moment relationship with our Lord…our Savior, and the Holy Spirit.

  3. Psalm 145 is so encouraging..The Lord is faithful to all His promises.
    Our church has recently closed and our little flock scattered….but the Lord is with us, as we seek to know His will for each of us….and where He wants us to serve Him…

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