This second petition implies that God is a King. If He has a kingdom, he is the King of it. So let’s contemplate how the Bible describes this position and title so that we approach Him in an appropriate manner. Hopefully, the outcome will be to increase our trust in Him because He is our absolute, majestic monarch who defends and protects us.
The Bible gives God all the trappings of royalty. He sits upon a throne. “God reigns over the nations. God sits on His holy throne” (Psalm 47:8). He carries a sword and uses it (Deuteronomy 32:41-2)! He wears a crown. “..on His head were many crowns.” He is King of kings and Lord of lords. He is glorious and majestic. “The Lord reigneth, He is clothed with majesty” (Psalm 93:1). Thomas Watson says, “Other kings have royal and sumptuous apparel to make them appear glorious to beholders, but all their magnificence is borrowed; God is clothed with his own majesty; his own glorious essence instead of royal robes, and “he hath girded himself with strength.'” He is holy and that is both his strength and his glory. Psalm 24 sums up His majesty and how we are to praise Him for He is the King. It is an honor to serve such a King. He is able to reward His servants. It is also prudent to obey Him since His judgment has no appeal. Thinking about all this makes us thankful for His mercy shown in Christ Jesus, our Savior, but also magnifies the majesty and grandeur of our Father.
I think it is important to visualize this in some concrete way as a reminder to us and then to pass on to our children who are far removed from Kings. I watched the wedding of Prince William and Kate Middleton on television. The trappings of royalty were all there. The recent christening of their first son, George, also had all these outward signs of the monarchy. Of course, they lack the power, the strength, and the holiness! But watching them does remind us of what a monarchy is like.
This whole concept of the glorious majesty of God is for our and our children’s comfort and deliverance. He protects and delivers us. “Behold, I will plead your case and take vengeance for you” (Jeremiah 51:36). “…how you turned to God from idols to serve the living and true God, and to wait for His Son from heaven, whom He raised from the dead, even Jesus, who delivers us from the wrath to come” (I Thessalonians 1:9b-10). With this in mind, Thomas Watson warned his readers to stand up for God’s truth and worship; to maintain a clear conscience in this service to God. His application came from experience. In the hotly debated politics of the 1650’s, he stood with the monarchy against his fellow Puritans’ attempts to enlarge the power of Parliament and kick out the King. After Charles I was executed, Watson went to jail for supporting Charles II’s return from exile. Then, in 1662, he was ejected from the ministry for refusing to allow King Charles II’s government to control his church’s worship service. He lost his salary, home, and position, becoming a lonely writer whose works could not be published! He had to rely on God’s protection and deliverance from poverty as did the other 2000 who also were kicked out of the Anglican Church. How would we act if our government told us who can be members and pastors of our churches or what could be said about Jesus in our worship services? Hitler required that each church submit its order of service to a government bureaucrat for approval! Because of this, Deitrich Bonhoeffer started an underground seminary and in 1944 carried messages to England in an attempt to overthrow Hitler. He died for it. It is comforting to remember that all government and church leaders will have to give an account to God. It is fearful to think of what awaits so many of them.
Let the children dress up as kings and queens. Keep crowns and robes and swords handy. Keep some of these Bible verses handy too. This is all for their understanding that God is King. Elementary age children could profit from a lesson about Daniel’s interpretation of the King’s dream in Daniel2. The stone that destroyed all the other kingdoms represents God’s Kingdom of Grace and Glory which will never end and which we are praying for here. “The kingdoms of this world have become the kingdoms of our Lord and of His Christ, and He shall reign forever and ever! (Revelation 11:15).
He has a kingdom, and we are to remember what a glorious, powerful, and holy King He is, and therefore, watch how we approach this King when we pray, “Thy kingdom come…” He is our Father, this King, who is in heaven. May we hallow His name and ask that His kingdom of grace come now and increase into eternity.