“Equity and justice are the foundation of Your throne. Loyal love and faithfulness characterize Your rule. 15 How blessed are the people who worship You! O Lord, they experience Your favor. 16 They rejoice in Your name all day long, and are vindicated by Your justice.”
“In love a throne will be established; in faithfulness a man will sit on it– one from the house of David– one who in judging seeks justice and speeds the cause of righteousness.”
“Kings detest wrongdoing, for a throne is established through righteousness.”
“The LORD reigns forever; he has established his throne for judgment.”
“Remove wicked officials from the king’s presence, and his throne will be established through righteousness.”
“So do not fear, for I am with you; do not be dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you; I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.”
A king or ruler in this world system is not often characterized by being gracious, loving and faithful. In fact, their predominant traits are based more in pride, power and politics. Godless leaders in our age seek to subjugate their people by both the laws they impose and the freedoms they allow. But our King chooses instead to embrace and exhibit perfect humility, mercy and justice toward His people. While we are ultimately His creation and slaves, He calls us His children and cares for us and grants us access to His throne room.
It seems that the key to success in this world is all wrapped around clawing our way to the top, usually by dishonest means or political ploys. Yet any position on this earth is merely temporal and the influence of our rule will perish, unless righteousness is at its foundation.
Unlike the politicians of this world, our King keeps all of His promises and not one of His promises are evil. A man might gain popularity for His promises to provide for the people’s flesh, giving them laws that permit a sinful lifestyle, but a righteous leader knows that laws based in unrighteousness will ultimately destroy his people and his nation.
Any leader on the face of this earth who is worthy of esteem will bow his knee before God and seek to be His servant first. So, we, too, have that same responsibility. Whatever our positions of leadership, we have an opportunity to embody a worldly philosophy, seeking popularity with man or to seek the favor of our God.
We might not be kings or queens, presidents or even administrators, but we can pray for those in positions of power. God has placed us in an area of influence and leadership somewhere in our lives, too. Perhaps the greatest role of leadership on this earth is not seen as that. As parents, we set boundaries for our children that are based in righteousness or we allow the pressures of this world to dictate our leadership.
Parents are undermined by government and this culture, but not by God. We need to rise up and be faithful, for God is seeking godly offspring to affect the next generation. Much like a political figure who is watchful over his affairs, we need to constantly be on guard for wickedness and worldliness that seek to enter our home, but we also need to be demonstrating the right path daily.
The tricky thing about leadership is that is is not just telling people what to do, but showing them. If my children see me seeking the face of God, that has a much more far reaching impact than just preaching at them. Parenting is one of the toughest positions of leadership. We must correct our children in love, knowing that they might not understand. But if we are not faithful to discipline and watch over their souls, we are loving self more than them and not following the example of our Savior who led like a Shepherd.
Any position of leadership in this world is all about God and not us, all for His glory and purposes. Every position will one day end, but the affects of how we lead can have an eternal impact. Praise God that we have a sure foundation in Him. He is holy, righteous and no uncertainty exists in His reign. Wow. May we apply His style of leadership to our lives and rest in the confidence that while the kingdoms in this world will all fall, we worship a God whose throne is established for all eternity.
Lord, thank You for showing us how to live, love and lead. You are so Holy and we fall so very short, but please enable us to lead where You have called us to. Help us to influence those in leadership above us in righteousness, by prayer and action. Thank You, God, for the security we have in You, our Righteous King.