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January 31 – The joy of arriving in Christ’s kingdom

“Let Israel be glad in his Maker; let the children of Zion rejoice in their King! …For the Lord takes pleasure in His people; He adorns the humble with salvation.” – Psalm 149:2, 4 

Scripture reading: Psalm 149:1-9

At the beginning of this month, we set out on a journey through the Psalms. Psalms 1 to 149 is the storyline of the Bible and of every believer. The first psalm puts a GPS (God Positioning System) in our hands – God’s instruction (1:2). By meditating on His Word, we develop trust in Yahweh’s Son as our King (2:12, 6) Who brings us to our destination (1:5-6).

First, our destination is joyfully personal (read 149:1-5). Our voices join to celebrate Yahweh as our Maker and King (2), Who delights in us by saving us (4). Beginning with Abraham, God announced His plan to form a nation – which He did in Egypt. Later, in His promise to David, He revealed His plan to build a kingdom. When Jesus died on the cross, He satisfied God’s wrath against our sin, making us personal citizens of His Kingdom.

Second, our destination is joyfully honourable (read 149:6-9). From the beginning, the Psalms warn that God’s Son will judge rebel nations and their kings (2:9-12, 1:4-6). In Psalm 149 Yahweh punishes those nations (7-8). When Jesus comes again, He will share this honour with His saints (149:9, see Matthew 19:28; 1 Corinthians 6:3; Revelation 2:26-27; 3:21; 19:14). Until then, Jesus equips believers with the sword of the Spirit (Hebrews 4:12) to defeat powerful sinners by warning of judgment and announcing forgiveness (2 Corinthians 10:4-6).

What joy to arrive in Christ’s Kingdom! Praise Yahweh!

Suggestions for prayer

Submit to Christ if you haven’t already. Confess dependence by naming specific circumstances (people, places, events) that God used to bring you into His Kingdom. Thank God for delivering you from eternal damnation. Read Psalm 150 in unison as your praise.

Rev. Ken Anema currently serves as an instructor for Divine Hope Reformed Bible Seminary which is a prison discipleship ministry structured as a school. Prior to that, he pastored the Messiah’s Independent Reformed Church in Holland, MI (1993-2014) after graduating from Mid-America Reformed Seminary. Get this devotional delivered directly to your phone each day via our RP App. It is also available in print, for purchase, at  

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