After a week away with family, enjoying one another and seeking to let the gifts we exchanged be a catalyst for remembering and worshiping the One who gave so abundantly and lavishly to us, it’s good to be home and kind of back in a routine. And good to find my way back into my morning closet to read, reflect, and write.
Started in on my 2015 reading plan. Looks a lot like my 2014 reading plan . . . and my 2013 . . . and my 2012 . . . and . . . what can I say? Guilty, I’m pretty much a creature of habit. Having said that, while I considered other reading plans for this year, I purposefully chose again “The Discipleship Journal Reading Plan” . . . still think it’s the best fit for me. Have a clean Bible . . . looking forward to marking up my “ESV Reader’s Bible” given me by a dear brother. The absence of notes, cross-references, and even verse numbers should create enough of a new experience that I look forward to reading the Bible again for “the first time.”
And this morning, as I read in the Psalms, three words grabbed me.
Now therefore, O kings, be wise; be warned, O rulers of the earth. Serve the LORD with fear, and rejoice with trembling. Kiss the Son, lest He be angry, and you perish in the way, for His wrath is quickly kindled. Blessed are all who take refuge in Him. (Psalm 2:10-12 ESV)
A word of warning to the wise. Some advice to men of power. Serve the LORD. Celebrate your relationship with Him with reverent awe. And kiss the Son.
Kiss the Son. Three single syllable words . . . ten letters in total . . . one grand command to chew on.
Subjects kneel before their King and offer a kiss of submission. Brothers, and those called friends greet one another with a kiss of affection. Worshipers bow at the feet of the One worthy of worship and offer a kiss of adoration. Kiss the Son.
Kiss the King of kings . . . “He who is the blessed and only Potentate” (1Tim. 6:16 NKJV). Pay homage to the One whose rule has been established in your heart and whose return to the earth is not too far hence. Acknowledge Him, and Him alone, as King of your life . . . the only One worthy of inhabiting the throne. Ascribe to Him majesty and power. Bow the knee. Kiss the Son.
Kiss Him who, though we call Him LORD, calls us friends (John 15:14-15). Offer to Him the affection due the One who has welcomed us into blessed communion with Himself. The One who reveals His heart and His mind through the Spirit. Him who, knowing our hearts and minds, patiently fashions them into His own likeness. Not ashamed to call us brothers and sisters (Heb. 2:11), having known first hand our weakness and having determined, regardless, to shower us with abundant grace founded on the finished work of the cross. Embrace Him who desires to come in and eat with you. O’, Kiss the Son!
And Kiss the One worthy of all worship. Kiss the feet of Him who came not to be served but to serve others and offer His life as a ransom for many (Mark 10:45). Kiss the nail scarred hands of Him who took upon Himself the wages of our sin upon Calvary’s tree. Worship the Creator who intervened to redeem His creation . . . the Shepherd who came to rescue His sheep and lead them to living water . . . the Lion who became a Lamb that those once dead in trespass and sin might be made alive. Anoint His feet . . . wipe them with your hair . . . and . . . Kiss the Son.
Be wise, O kings . . . be wise, you everyday folk. Serve the Lord . . . rejoice with trembling . . . and Kiss the Son.
Blessed are all who take refuge in Him.
By His grace . . . for His glory . . .