Advent 2021; The Savior in the Psalms: Psalm 132.

12If your sons keep my covenant and my testimonies that I shall teach them, their sons also forever shall sit on your throne.” 13 For the Lord has chosen Zion; he has desired it for his dwelling place: 14 “This is my resting place forever; here I will dwell, for I have desired it. 15 I will abundantly bless her provisions; I will satisfy her poor with bread. 16 Her priests I will clothe with salvation, and her saints will shout for joy. 17 There I will make a horn to sprout for David; I have prepared a lamp for my anointed. 18 His enemies I will clothe with shame, but on him his crown will shine.” (Psalm 132:12–18 (ESV)

The final psalm under consideration regarding the Messiah is that He is the coming King of kings and Lord of Lords (I Timothy 6:15; Revelation 9:16). The Bible speaks throughout the Old and New Testament of the Kingdom of God. It is the predominant theme of the Scriptures.

The Kingdom of God is the supreme and sovereign rule and reign of God over all. Jesus Christ is the King of the kingdom. Creation is the place of the kingdom. Human beings are the servants of the kingdom.

The angel Gabriel visited Mary and revealed to Her God’s sovereign plan to conceive a virgin born Messiah. This Messiah would be King.

Luke 1:26-33 says, “26 In the sixth month the angel Gabriel was sent from God to a city of Galilee named Nazareth, 27 to a virgin betrothed to a man whose name was Joseph, of the house of David. And the virgin’s name was Mary. 28 And he came to her and said, “Greetings, O favored one, the Lord is with you!” 29 But she was greatly troubled at the saying, and tried to discern what sort of greeting this might be. 30 And the angel said to her, “Do not be afraid, Mary, for you have found favor with God. 31 And behold, you will conceive in your womb and bear a son, and you shall call his name Jesus. 32 He will be great and will be called the Son of the Most High. And the Lord God will give to him the throne of his father David, 33 and he will reign over the house of Jacob forever, and of his kingdom there will be no end.” (Luke 1:26–33 (ESV)

Notice that Gabriel said three things about Jesus’ kingship. (1) God will give Him the throne of His father David. (2) He will reign over the house of Jacob forever. (3) Of His kingdom there will be no end.

Concerning today’s text, Dr. John Walvoord writes, “These verses (Psalm 132:12-18) record a revelation from the Lord confirming His earlier promises to David. The Lord reiterated His oath to David that descendants of his would sit on David’s throne forever (vv. 11–12; cf. 89:3–4, 27–29, 35–37). The Lord then affirmed His choice of Mount Zion (132:13–14) which He would bless … with abundant provisions, including food (cf. 111:5; 136:25; 145:15; 146:7) for the poor … salvation for the priests (cf. 132:9), and joy for the saints. God also promised the appearance and crowning of His Anointed One, the Messiah (vv. 17–18).”

Isaac Watts composed a classic Christmas carol centered upon the kingship of Jesus Christ. It is the familiar hymn Joy to the World.

1 Joy to the world, the Lord is come!
Let earth receive its king;
let ev’ry heart prepare him room,
and heav’n and nature sing,
and heav’n and nature sing,
and heav’n, and heav’n and nature sing.

2 Joy to the earth, the Savior reigns!
Let all their songs employ
while fields and floods, rocks, hills, and plains,
repeat the sounding joy,
repeat the sounding joy,
repeat, repeat the sounding joy.

3 No more let sins and sorrows grow,
nor thorns infest the ground.
He comes to make his blessings flow
far as the curse is found,
far as the curse is found,
far as, far as the curse is found.

4 He rules the world with truth and grace,
and makes the nations prove
the glories of his righteousness,
and wonders of his love,
and wonders of his love,
and wonders, wonders of his love.

Soli deo Gloria, to the King of kings and Lord of lords.

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