Jesus Is Our Joyful, Faithful King

But of the Son he says, “Your throne, O God, is forever and ever, the scepter of uprightness is the scepter of your kingdom. You have loved righteousness and hated wickedness; therefore God, your God, has anointed you with the oil of gladness beyond your companions.” Heb. 1:8–9

Lord Jesus, we can never know too much about you, or know you too well. On this 1st Day of August, this passage invites us to ponder the joy with which you are ruling heaven and earth. What a peace-giver this is.

The government of the cosmos already rests on your shoulders. You are the ruler of the kings of the earth (including our upcoming election) (Rev. 1:5). You’re also sovereign over the things that threaten us, enrage us, and confuse us. By your Spirit, plant that deep in our hearts.

You never experience consternation, just constant jubilation—no dread, just ceaseless delight; no vexation of spirit, just better-than-Swiss-timed execution of your perfect will. We’re impatient. You’re not.

The joy that marks your heart and reign is the same joy you’re asking the Father to fill us with (John 17:13). May an increase in our joy topple our fears, gentle our hearts, and fuel our worship—especially for the rest of 2020. What a doozy of a year it’s been, Jesus.

May your joy be the fire we need for doing justice, loving mercy, and walking humbly with our God (Micah 6:8). May it empower us to love difficult people, in out-of-our-control stories, with a peace that passes understanding. So very Amen we pray, in your exalted and comforting name.