Tuesday, September 2, 2008

My King (Describing God)

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Yesterday, Annie and I were talking about G-d (nothing new) and about the election (again nothing new). Annie and others on the board are comfortable enough with the sovreignty of G-d to say whoever is elected will be G-d's choice (I paraphrase). I don't see it that way. Annie further explained her position and in doing so made the comment that no matter who wins G-d will still be on his throne.

That language doesn't really work for me anymore, the king language. I know it's used quite extensively in the Bible because a monarchy is the only form of government they knew. Anyway, this isn't really about that. Our conversation reminded me of a sermon that I just love. I first heard it remixed into a song. I don't love it so much for its theological correctness as I do for the passion it shows the preacher has about G-d and the style takes me back to the good memories I have of listening to some great old Penecostal preachers who really knew how to break it down.

I'm posting the words to the sermon along with a link to a page where I've uploaded the version I always heard (with the music) and the one I first heard yesterday. The sermon is titled "My King". My favorite line comes about 2/3 of the way through when he says "I wish I could describe him to you. He's indescribable" I love the crowd reaction, too. Wanna hear it? Go here My Music Sample Page scroll down to the Scott Blackwell version and the one by S. M. Lockland (no music).

My King was born King
The Bible says He’s a Seven Way King
He’s the King of the Jews – that’s a racial King
He’s the King of Israel – that’s a National King
He’s the King of righteousness
He’s the King of the ages
He’s the King of Heaven
He’s the King of glory
He’s the King of kings and He is the Lord of lords

Now that’s my King
Well I wonder if you know Him
Do you know Him?
Don’t try to mislead me
Do you know my King?

David said the Heavens declare the glory of God, and the firmament show His handiwork
My King is the only one whom there are no means of measure can define His limitless love
No far seeing telescope can bring into visibility the coastline of His shoreless supplies
No barriers can hinder Him from pouring out His blessing

Well, well,
He’s enduringly strong
He’s entirely sincere
He’s eternally steadfast
He’s immortally graceful
He’s imperially powerful
He’s impartially merciful

That’s my King

He’s God’s Son
He’s the sinner’s saviour
He’s the centrepiece of civilization
He stands alone in Himself

He’s august
He’s unique
He’s unparalleled
He’s unprecedented
He’s supreme
He’s pre-eminent

Well, He’s the loftiest idea in literature
He’s the highest personality in philosophy
He’s the supreme problem in high criticism
He’s the fundamental doctrine of proved theology
He’s the carnal necessity of spiritual religion

That’s my King

He’s the miracle of the age
He’s the superlative of everything good that you choose to call Him
Well, He’s the only one able to supply all of our needs simultaneously
He supplies strength for the weak
He’s available for the tempted and the tried
He sympathizes and He saves
He’s strong God and He guides
He heals the sick
He cleanses the lepers
He forgives sinners
He discharged debtors
He delivers the captives
He defends the feeble
He blesses the young
He serves the unfortunate. He regards the aged
He rewards the diligent
and He beautifies the meek

Do you know Him?

Well, my King is the key of knowledge
He’s the wellspring of wisdom
He’s the doorway of deliverance
He’s the pathway of peace
He’s the roadway of righteousness
He’s the highway of holiness
He’s the gateway of glory
He’s the master of the mighty
He’s the captain of the conquerors
He’s the head of the heroes
He’s the leader of the legislatures
He’s the overseer of the overcomers
He’s the governor of governors
He’s the prince of princes
He’s the King of kings
and He’s the Lord of lords

That’s my King
That’s my King
My King, yeah

His office is manifold
His promise is sure
His light is matchless
His goodness is limitless
His mercy is everlasting
His love never changes
His Word is enough
His grace is sufficient
His reign is righteous
His yoke is easy and His burden is light

I wish I could describe Him to you, but He’s indescribable
He’s indescribable

He’s incomprehensible
He’s invincible
He’s irresistible
I’m coming to tell you, the heavens of heavens cannot contain Him, let alone a man explaining Him
You can’t get Him out of your mind
You can’t get Him off of your hands
You can’t outlive Him and you can’t live without Him

Well, Pharisees couldn’t stand Him, but they found out they couldn’t stop Him
Pilate couldn’t find any fault in Him
The witnesses couldn’t get their testimonies to agree
Herod couldn’t kill Him
Death couldn’t handle Him and the grave couldn’t hold Him

That’s my King

He always has been and He always will be
I’m talking about He had no predecessor and He’ll have no successor
There was nobody before Him and there’ll be nobody after Him
You can't impeach Him and He’s not going to resign.

That’s my King!
That’s my King!

Thine is the kingdom and the power and the glory
Well, all the power belongs to my King
We’re around here talking about black power and white power and green power, but it’s God’s power

Thine is the power
And the glory

We try to get prestige and honour and glory for ourselves, but the glory is all His
Thine is the Kingdom and the power and glory, forever and ever and ever and ever
How long is that?
And ever and ever and ever and ever
And when you get through with all of the evers, then,

Dr. S.M. Lockridge
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