In this day of bumper stickers, that read: 'Honk if you love Jesus', 'God is my co-pilot', and other nonsense; the God of whom the Psalmist writes is truly the 'unknown' God. We hear preachers tell men that their salvation depends entirely on whether or not they will 'LET' God save them. They plead with men to 'let go and let God’ or 'give God a chance'. And they picture the Lord of Glory as wringing His hands in despair just hoping someone will get saved. Men have made a god after their own imagination, so it is not a foolish question to ask, 'Who is this King of Glory?'
David says He is, 'the Lord strong and mighty.' But the teaching of modern-day religion is that God's hands are tied unless we let Him do what He is willing to do, by an act of our own wills. Oh how far this is from what the scripture says about the power of God. They (the scriptures) teach us that God does ALL things according to the good pleasure of His will, (Isa. 46:10), that there is NONE that can thwart His purpose (Dan. 4:35), and that He shall do all He pleases without any aid. (Job 38:1 - 41:34) Yes, He even has power over man's supposed bastion of strength, his will. "Thy people shall be willing in the day of Thy power." (Ps. 110:3) When the LORD of Glory mounts up in strength, rebellious hearts are crushed and made gladly willing to follow His counsel.
"Behold, the Lord's hand is not shortened, that it cannot save; (Isa. 59:1) When His arm is made bare, who can stand against Him? Even the salvation of lost sinners is accomplished by the strength and power of God Almighty, and not by the puny wills of the creatures.(Jn. 1:13; Rom. 9:16) Yes, my friend, this King of Glory IS the Lord strong and mighty, and unless you taste of His triumphant power in transforming you into a new creature in Jesus Christ, you shall feel His foot upon your neck in the day of judgement when, 'every knee shall bow and every tongue confess that Jesus Christ is Lord'.
The Psalmist goes on to say He is, 'the LORD mighty in battle.' This same LORD fought for the children of Israel as they entered the promised land, and victory was theirs. But in these last days, our conquering Victor has overcome all the powers of darkness and hell. He has crushed the very fountainhead of sin and destroyed its dominion. We see Him that 'cometh from Edom, with dyed garments from Bozrah,' mounted up in triumph on His throne in the everlasting heavens. Yes the mighty Captain of our salvation, Jesus Christ the righteous, has trodden the winepress of God's wrath alone, and has come forth an unvanquished Conqueror. He has shed His blood and spent His toil that He might present all those, which were given to Him in the eternal covenant of redemption, faultless before the Father.
Sin! where is thy dominion? It lays trampled and ruined at the feet of our Lord. Death! where is thy sting? It is yonder, broken off, in the cross of our Champion. It shall no more wound and pierce any of those for whom He blunted its edge. O grave! where is thy victory? Thy victory has been turned into utter defeat by the conquering power of our risen Lord! Oh, vain men, who is it that is so foolish as to stand in opposition to this mighty Warrior? Thy doom is sealed by His absolute victory. That legion with which you side is utterly vanquished. He marches on with whetted sword destroying all those who dare stand in His path. No, I do not plead with you to 'let Him have His way in your heart,' but I beseech you, with tears in my eyes, to fall prostrate at His feet and cry out to Him for mercy, before His glittering sword of death pierces your heart.
"Where is salvation, " you ask? It is in that King of Glory, the Lord Jesus Christ. If you are a rebel against Hiam and His Holy Law, I must warn you that his chariot of glory rolls swiftly over those who oppose His dominion. He shall grind them to powder. (Mt. 21:44) But oh, such is His mercy and kindness, that all those who cast themselves to the dust before Him, throwing down their arms of rebellion and calling out for mercy, find that His pity for helpless sinners is abundant. The scene has been repeated many times and always with the same results, whether it be a dying thief, or a poor blind beggar, or a woman taken in adultery. O bow down, bow down. Those who are thus rescued by His grace are ever kept safe from harm for all enemies are put to flight before Him. Those have the blessed privilege of inheriting His kingdom. There it shall be more fully revealed to them that the reason their hearts were thus melted and made willing to bow to Him, was the fact that He conquered their hearts and won them to Himself. They shall praise Him through eternity for His sovereign, amazing grace, that determined to save them, at all costs, before the foundation of the world. And they shall worship this King of Glory without end.mam