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The King      

                                              Merilee Ottoson

Author Kora de Leon talks about a conversation she had with an American who lived in Saudi Arabia for a time.  Jon lived there with his father who was working on a large construction project. His father learned that as his construction project neared the final phase, the King would be coming to visit. Even a local citizen would be chosen to carry incense in front of the king as he walked through the new facility. Being a young Western-thinking individualist, Jon scoffed at that idea. Jon commented that he would never have one of his “subjects” do something like that for him if he was a king.

Jon’s father responded to him, “Oh no. You don’t understand. Most of the people in this country have never seen the king. They have heard about him and seen pictures of him. Or perhaps they even have a picture of him in their home or place of business. But for someone to be called to serve the king would mean everything to them! Their life would NEVER be the same.”

Can we say the same?? Did your life change when YOU were called by the King? When He passed by….when He called your name…..were you honored to follow? There are many others throughout time who have claimed to be kings, lords and gods. How could they have been “gods”? “Gods” would not die or fade away.  They are still in their graves because they could not overcome death. Nor forgive sin. Only One did that. “For the Lord is the great God, the great King above all gods. Come, let us bow down in worship, let us kneel before the Lord our Maker; for He is our God and we are the people of his pasture….” (Psalm 95:3, 6-7)

There is a King-

Who’s called my name—

Paid the price that I might come before His Throne.

There is a King

Who delivered me and transferred me

From Darkness into Light

Death into Life

I stand forever changed.

There is a King-

Whose wisdom knows no bounds

Whose power will not cease and

Whose kingdom will not end.

This One….I will serve.