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December 10, 2015

David was surrounded by “mighty men of valor”. These were men who waded into mobs of Philistine soldiers and slew them by the score. These were men like Adino who singlehandedly wiped out a division of 800 men; men like Shammah who stood alone against a troop of Philistines, defended a field of beans and defeated the Philistines. These were men like Abishai, who opposed 300 Philistines and defeated them all. These mighty men of valor accounted for the death of thousands of Philistines. They were terrible, powerful men of war who God used to secure David’s throne.

Psalm 45 declares the praise of a mighty man of valor. This heroic person is glorious and majestic, conquering all who stand against Him. He rides into battle and prospers because of truth, meekness and righteousness. His right hand shows mighty deeds. His arrows pierce the heart of all who oppose him. To this mighty man of valor is given an eternal kingdom. “Thy throne, O God, is for ever and ever.” Hebrews 1:8 announces Psalm 45:6 is about Jesus. This same mighty many of valor is found in Isaiah 9:6, “the mighty God.” He will bring His people out of darkness into light. He will bring great rejoicing to His own. His government will increase forever. He will bring about His everlasting rule by His own power. He will reign forever in righteousness and justice. Jesus is the mighty man of valor, the mighty God who by His own strength conquers all His foes and establishes His eternal kingdom.

The conquering king is the Christian’s hope and the rebel’s terror. The promise that comforts the Christian through days of sorrow and suffering is this, “unto them that look for him shall he appear the second time without sin unto salvation.” (Hebrews 9:28) None can find a more vivid description of this Mighty King conquering His foes than that of Revelation 19, “And I saw heaven opened, and behold a white horse; and he that sat upon him was called Faithful and True, and in righteousness he doth judge and make war. His eyes were as a flame of fire, and on his head were many crowns; and he had a name written, that no man knew, but he himself. And he was clothed with a vesture dipped in blood: and his name is called The Word of God. And the armies which were in heaven followed him upon white horses, clothed in fine linen, white and clean. And out of his mouth goeth a sharp sword, that with it he should smite the nations: and he shall rule them with a rod of iron: and he treadeth the winepress of the fierceness and wrath of Almighty God. And he hath on his vesture and on his thigh a name written, KING OF KINGS, AND LORD OF LORDS.”

When He returns He will judge all nations. He will vindicate His righteousness, conquer all His enemies and punish all rebels. He will establish His throne on the earth and reign in righteousness. He will bring His people into the joys that have long been promised to them. He will comfort His own with good things beyond description. He will rule the earth for 1,000 years. After a brief, highly unsuccessful Satanic rebellion He will rule a perfect creation for all eternity. He is our blessed hope. He is our Mighty God and eternal Savior. He is our coming King. “Wherefore comfort one another with these words.”


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