For this week’s edition of Word Nerd Wednesday, Lois McKiernan, from www.WhereTruthLives.com, shares with us what it means that God is our HaMelech.
“With trumpets and the sound of the horn Shout joyfully before the King, the Lord.”Psalm 98:6
This name of our God tells us something majestic: He reigns!
He is HaMelech – The King.
(Ha = The; Melech = King)
Melech, or malak, is the most common word in the Old Testament for a ruler. As well as being translated ‘king’, as in Psalm 98, it can also be translated as ‘prince’, ‘ruler’, ‘chief’ and ‘captain’. It carries the weight of one who is in charge of others, and whose influence and power is high above anyone else’s.
So it is with our God. He is King over all the earth, as the psalmist reminds us:
“The Lord has established His throne in the heavens, And His sovereignty rules over all.”Psalm 103:19
Throughout Scripture, we read phrases that echo this, speaking of “the kingdom of heaven”, “inheriting the kingdom of God”, the Lord being “the King of kings” and other mentions of His “reign”, His “sovereignty” and His “majesty”.
Earthly kings are numerous in and out of Scripture. History is littered with both merry and mean monarchs whose reigns lasted for years, or even a matter of days.
A King with No End
But our God is different, for His is a kingdom with no end.
In Exodus 15:16, Moses triumphantly declares, “The Lord shall reign forever and ever.”
And in Luke 1:33, the angel who informs Mary that she will give birth to Jesus says, “and He will reign over the house of Jacob forever, and His kingdom will have no end.”
At the end of Jesus’s life on earth, His kingship was once again declared:
“Pilate also wrote an inscription and put it on the cross. It was written, ‘JESUS THE NAZARENE, THE KING OF THE JEWS.’”John 19:19
It is interesting to note that Pilate (who had earlier asked Jesus, What is truth?) arranged for the sign to be written after a dialogue with Jesus about His kingship, and after Pilate himself had tried to release Jesus on grounds of His kingship. Then, when advised to write on the sign that Jesus had merely called Himself a king, Pilate firmly stood his ground and kept the sign that declared with perfect clarity: Jesus, the King.
And, what about you? Is Jesus your King? Your HaMelech?
In Matthew 6:33, we are told to “seek first His kingdom and His righteousness.” Our prime effort is to be living for His kingdom, not building our own. Daily, we must ask ourselves: who is the King of my life – me, or God?
For Further Study: I encourage you to read the interaction between Jesus and Pilate about the Lord’s kingship and kingdom. Read: John 18:28 – John 19:22.
For Further Reflection: Visit WhereTruthLives.com/king to download a free printable Bible verse art print of Psalm 98:6, then print it, display it where you’ll see it often and use it to encourage you to pray and praise our wonderful King!BWho is your HaMelech? Who is King of your life? @wheretruthlives #wordnerdwedensday #hamelech #namesofgod Click To Tweet
Lois is a forgiven child of God, a wife, a mother, a writer, a navigator of chronic illness and an incessant fact-checker. She writes at WhereTruthLives.com to equip and encourage women to impact the world by living out the truth of God’s Word.
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All verses quoted are from the NASB.