The Lord is king! Let the earth rejoice; let the many coastlands be glad! – Psalm 97:1
Great and amazing are your deeds, Lord God the Almighty! Just and true are your ways, King of the nations! Lord, who will not fear and glorify your name? – Revelation 15:3–4
Kip Fox is a songwriter serving at Saint Luke Lutheran Church in Scottsdale, AZ. His song, The King is Calling, is one of my favorites. Among the great lines of the song are these:
Come every beating heart that longs to find its worth
Come every aching soul in need of something more
Come with your questions
Come with your doubts
Bring them to the Lord
Come all you castaways, left out of every crowd
Come all you outsiders, unwanted until now
You are a people
You have a place
Waiting with the Lord
What an invitation – not for those who have it all together. Not for those who have their lives all well-ordered. Not for those who are in the in-crowd. Not for those who have no questions to be answered.
This is an invitation for people who know they need a Savior. God calls sinners to repent and come to him. Jesus came to seek and save the lost. He is looking for those who have no candle left to burn, who are unwanted, overlooked, and yearning for justice, hope and righteousness. And Jesus is our king.
Some say it is good to be king. You get what you want and if you don’t, heads roll. You make the laws to suit your purposes and no one can say otherwise. The summons of the king does not often bode well. That is unless it is King Jesus. He rules hearts. His realm is all of creation and one day God will put all his enemies under his feet. But for us who seek his merciful and gracious reign, never presuming upon his kindness, seeking, rather, to embrace his love, King Jesus’ summons is welcome. He’s calling: strong in justice; rich in mercy!