Hear my cry, O God,
listen to my prayer;
from the end of the earth I call to you
when my heart is faint.
Lead me to the rock
that is higher than I,
for you have been my refuge,
a strong tower against the enemy.
Let me dwell in your tent forever!
Let me take refuge under the shelter of your wings! Selah
For you, O God, have heard my vows;
you have given me the heritage of those who fear your name.
Prolong the life of the king;
may his years endure to all generations!
May he be enthroned forever before God;
appoint steadfast love and faithfulness to watch over him!
So will I ever sing praises to your name,
as I perform my vows day after day. Psalm 61 ESV
Then the seventh angel blew his trumpet, and there were loud voices in heaven, saying, “The kingdom of the world has become the kingdom of our Lord and of his Christ, and he shall reign forever and ever.” Revelation 11:15 ESV
Long ago in Europe there was a legend of a king named Prester John. Prester John’s magical kingdom was somewhere in the east, maybe near India or possibly in Ethiopia. His kingdom was completely peaceful and free of crime. His land was full of milk and honey, his rivers were filled with gold, and in his country there was the Fountain of Youth that would allow Prester John and his people to live forever. All the nations around Prester John’s kingdom were not Christian, but Prester John was a Christian. But he had a problem, because the nations around him were attacking him. Over the centuries letters appeared in Europe from Prester John, asking the kings of Europe to help save him from his enemies. Many explorers looked for Prester John, but he was only a story and no one ever found him.
Psalm 61 talks about a king who is in trouble from his enemies who calls to God for help. He knows that only God is able to help and save him. He calls God the rock that is higher than he is. He also talks about God being like a strong tower, a safe tent, and a mother bird who shelters her children under her wings. These are all pictures of the way God helps and takes care of his people. But then the psalm changes. This weak king who needs God’s help becomes a king who will live and rule to all generations. King David didn’t have a Fountain of Youth that allowed him to live forever, and no one in his dynasty did, either. This Psalm points ahead to the promised Savior who would come from David’s line and be the king forever.
Jesus is that promised Savior. He was born of David’s line, but he laid aside his power to suffer and die on the cross for us. He rose again from the dead, and now he lives and is the king forever. We don’t have to go searching for Jesus, because he is with us all the time. We look forward to living in his heavenly kingdom, a kingdom even more wonderful than the magical kingdom in the story of Prester John. Because of Jesus’ death and resurrection, we will live forever in his kingdom and always sing praise to his name.
Dear Jesus, thank you for being our king and bringing us into your kingdom by dying for us on the cross. Amen.