JESUS CHRIST – OUR WARRIOR KING
Gird Thy sword on Thy thigh, O Mighty One, in Thy splendour and Thy majesty!
(Psalm 45:3, NASB)
‘My heart overflows with a good theme; I address my verses to the King; my tongue is a ready writer. Thou art fairer than the sons of men; grace is poured out upon Thy lips; therefore God has blessed Thee forever,’ (Ps 45:1-2). Such praises were addressed to Messiah in the revelation of His grace, mighty strength, and glorious splendour – a love song addressed to a King who is setting apart a beautiful Bride for Himself, (Ps 45). And such is the song in my heart as I contemplate the VICTORY we have in our Lord and Saviour, Jesus Christ.
We conducted an extensive study on the coming Day of Lord – a day in which the warrior will cry and blow the trumpet of Almighty God, (Joel 2; Zeph 1:14-18). The DAY in which Almighty God will judge the intentions of every man in Christ Jesus, (Rom 2:4-16; 2 Cor 5:10; Rom 14:10-12). This day will be a day of great tribulation. Those who will endure in their faith, and keep their testimony until the end (Mat 24:9-13; Rev 14:12-13), will overcome the evil of this DAY, ‘because of the blood of the Lamb and because of the word of their testimony, and they will not love their life even to death,’ (Rev 12:11). They are not of the night, therefore the instantaneous changes and hardship of this DAY will not overcome them like a thief in the night, for they will not ‘sleep as others do,’ but they will be ‘alert and sober,’ (1 Thes 5:3-6).
Fear will not master them, for they will gird their minds for action, and they will be dressed in readiness by keeping their lamps alight, (1 Peter 1:13; Luke 12:35). As they see the DAY approaching, they will ‘straighten up,’ and ‘lift up their heads,’ because they will know that their final ‘redemption is drawing near,’ (Luke 21:28). Indeed, this DAY is not to be feared by those who have their eyes on their eternal inheritance, for this DAY is indeed the day of victory, for soon, very soon, they shall take possession of an eternal inheritance which can never again be taken from them, (1 Peter 1:3-5; Rev 12:10; Rev 11:15-18).
This is what we witnessed in the first martyr, Stephen. As he faces martyrdom because of his testimony, he did not fear, nor did he shy away; NO, he lifted his countenance to heaven and beheld the glory of his Messiah, (Acts 7:54-60). Stephen was filled with power and strength. Stephen had peace and joy, for he knew that those who killed his body, could never steal his eternal inheritance, neither could they separate him from the love of Messiah, (Luke 12:4-9; Rom 8:35-39). So strong was his conviction, and so steady his gaze on his Redeemer, that he did not fear death, but he entrusted his soul to a faithful Creator, (Acts 7:59; 1 Peter 4:19).
Let us thus have the same attitude as all those who have run the race before us. So many have faced tribulation for the cause of their faith, for some ‘were tortured, not accepting their release, in order that they might receive a better resurrection; and others experienced mocking and scourging, yes, also chains and imprisonment. They were stoned, they were sawn in two, they were tempted, they were put to death with the sword; they went about in sheepskins, in goatskins, being destitute, afflicted, ill-treated (men of whom the world was not worthy), wandering in deserts and mountains and caves and holes in the ground. AND ALL THESE GAINED APPROVAL THROUGH THEIR FAITH,’ (Heb 11:35-39).
Our Lord and Saviour, Jesus Christ, promised, ‘“I WILL NEVER DESERT YOU, NOR WILL I NEVER FORSAKE YOU,” so that we confidently say, “THE LORD IS MY HELPER, I WILL NOT BE AFRAID. WHAT SHALL MAN DO TO ME?” (Heb 13:5-6). Whatever tribulation we might ever encounter, we have this firm and steady promise – our Messiah is a Mighty Warrior, and He will NEVER FORSAKE US. Therefore, ‘we can be strong in the Lord, and in the strength of His might,’ (Eph 6:10). He will equip us with His armour as we take our position in Him, and we will be able to STAND FIRM against any attack from the Enemy, no matter how refined he might be in his schemes, (Eph 6:11-18).
And in Thy majesty ride on victoriously, for the cause of truth and meekness and righteousness; let Thy right hand teach Thee awesome things.
(Psalm 45:4, NASB.)