The New King


Blessed and peaceful are the families, congregations, and nations that allow God to influence decisions and pray for His will to be done.

Today’s Reading: 1 Kings 1

Key Verse: 1 Kings 1:48

Also the king said thus, “Blessed be the Lord God of Israel, who has given one to sit on my throne this day, while my eyes see it!”

Thank God for a peaceful transition from King David’s rule to that of Solomon. No precedent had been established in Israel to determine succession to the throne. Saul, and then David, had been chosen by popular demand (although God did the real choosing). It was not public knowledge, but David had earlier chosen Solomon to succeed him. With the reminder from Bathsheba, and the support of Zadok and Nathan, David moved decisively to avoid civil war. The godly counsel of the priest and the prophet were key to a smooth transition of power. Within our homes, our churches, and our countries, tragedy will strike when struggles about authority and leadership arise. Blessed and peaceful are the families, the congregations, and the nations that allow God to influence decisions and pray for God’s will to be done.


Dear Lord Jesus, have dominion over my life, my family, the church worldwide, as well as my local congregation. May Your influence be strong in the governing of our land and other lands. I pray for the peace of Jerusalem, Israel, Egypt, Lebanon, Syria, Jordan, Iraq and the other Arab states. I pray for Iran, Pakistan, Afghanistan, India, China and the Koreas. Please raise up people in those and in other states to call upon You, Lord God. Amen!


The tragedy of allowing the slaughter of the innocents in abortion in Canadian law came about in the ‘70s. However, I was still hopeful for these little ones when the words of our national anthem were changed to include “God Keep Our Land.” The other thing that encouraged me was that God was recognized in our new constitution in the early ‘80s. Then Minister of Health, the Hon. Jake Epp, presented a bill to parliament, that would have saved many babies. His bill passed in the House of Commons, but failed by one vote in the Senate. Most Senators at the time were appointed by a previous government. Canada’s founders made Psalm 72:8 the motto of our Land. “He shall have dominion from sea to sea” is carved in stone at the entrance to our Houses of Parliament. Even so, the threat of Jake Epp’s bill probably saved at least 100,000 Canadians as hospitals stopped performing abortions for a brief time. May God have mercy on us!

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