December 25, 2006

Gift for a King

Today we will entertain family, mostly unbelieving and not caring that this is a Birthday Party for Jesus. Last night, as I put together the menu, put out gifts and candy, and took care of other details, I thought about them and my heart was heavy. The God who created us and all things came to earth to die for our sins that we might enjoy forgiveness and His blessing all our lives, and then spend eternity with Him. And they don’t care.

I cried about this, and I cried about the party. It is for Jesus. We are giving gifts to one another. What can I give Him? If only everyone could rejoice in His coming, be awed that He should love us so much. That would be His gift to me, but what about my gift? Their gift?

The wise men from the East, called ‘king-makers’ by some, were Gentiles who likely had gods of their own, but they recognized that this baby was a king and gave Him suitable gifts:

“And when they had come into the house, they saw the young Child with Mary His mother, and fell down and worshiped Him. And when they had opened their treasures, they presented gifts to Him: gold, frankincense, and myrrh.”

Psalm 72 describes gifts for a king and the rule of that king. It is directly about Solomon, but anticipates the King who would come as Messiah. Some of what it says can apply only to Jesus. As I read it, I’m thinking, gold and silver have I none . . . I can only give this Psalm back to You who gave it. Today, this is for Jesus.

“Give the king Your judgments, O God,
And Your righteousness to the king’s Son.
He will judge Your people with righteousness,
And Your poor with justice.
The mountains will bring peace to the people,
And the little hills, by righteousness.
He will bring justice to the poor of the people;
He will save the children of the needy,
And will break in pieces the oppressor.

“They shall fear You
As long as the sun and moon endure,
Throughout all generations.
He shall come down like rain upon the grass before mowing,
Like showers that water the earth.
In His days the righteous shall flourish,
And abundance of peace,
Until the moon is no more.

“He shall have dominion also from sea to sea,
And from the River to the ends of the earth.
Those who dwell in the wilderness will bow before Him,
And His enemies will lick the dust.
The kings of Tarshish and of the isles
Will bring presents;
The kings of Sheba and Seba
Will offer gifts.

“Yes, all kings shall fall down before Him;
All nations shall serve Him.

“For He will deliver the needy when he cries,
The poor also, and him who has no helper.
He will spare the poor and needy,
And will save the souls of the needy.
He will redeem their life from oppression and violence;
And precious shall be their blood in His sight.

“And He shall live;
And the gold of Sheba will be given to Him;
Prayer also will be made for Him continually,
And daily He shall be praised.

“There will be an abundance of grain in the earth,
On the top of the mountains;
Its fruit shall wave like Lebanon;
And those of the city shall flourish like grass of the earth.

“His name shall endure forever;
His name shall continue as long as the sun.
And men shall be blessed in Him;
All nations shall call Him blessed.

“Blessed be the Lord God, the God of Israel,
Who only does wondrous things!
And blessed be His glorious name forever!
And let the whole earth be filled with His glory.
Amen and Amen.”

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