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The Coming World Leader

Psalms 18:43-50 :

You have delivered me from the strivings of the people.
You have made me the head of the nations.
A people whom I have not known shall serve me.
As soon as they hear of me they shall obey me.
The foreigners shall submit themselves to me.
The foreigners shall fade away,
and shall come trembling out of their strongholds.
Yahweh lives! Blessed be my rock.
Exalted be the God of my salvation,
even the God who executes vengeance for me,
and subdues peoples under me.
He rescues me from my enemies.
Yes, you lift me up above those who rise up against me.
You deliver me from the violent man.
Therefore I will give thanks to you, Yahweh, among the nations,
and will sing praises to your name.
He gives great deliverance to his king,
and shows loving kindness to his anointed,
to David and to his offspring, forever more.

As time passes, the world cries out louder and louder for a leader, one that will bring the whole world together. They do this, not recognizing that the One they need is already well known. In fact, even David knew which family this man would come from.

God promised David that the Messiah would come from his family line. This psalm is one of the places that shows us that David's family line will not only last forever, but that all of the nations of the world will be under the authority of the offspring of this family. Much has happened since David's time, and we have now been told who that world leader is. He revealed Himself to the world over 2000 years ago but He was not accepted, even by His own nation.

Obviously, I talking about Jesus. Like David, Jesus was not accepted initially. That time for Him is over. Unlike David, however, Jesus has not yet begun to rule the world on earth, and also unlike David, Jesus is the last ruler in David's family line. He is the One who will rule forever. Jesus already died and resurrected. He won't be dying again.

We go through hard times here in this world, but the clear fact of scripture is that Jesus will return at any moment. David reminds us that Jesus is the one "who executes vengeance for" us. We can know, just like David, the world will eventually submit to Jesus. As we live this life, it's also good for us to remember who is winning our battles. Even when David was crushing his enemies, he recognized that it was only God who was making that possible. We will have to fight evil causes in this world too, but Jesus has already defeated sin, death and hell. Even if it doesn't seem like it now, He will be taking His position as the world leader very soon.

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