Who reigns on the throne of your heart? It will either be self or Christ. For many years, the children of Israel enjoyed the privileges of having God rule over them as their King. It was during this time that the children of Israel experienced many of their greatest victories. Psalm 105 recounts God’s faithfulness to His people as their King. When they were still in Egypt, God fought for them- “…he increased his people greatly; and made them stronger than their enemies…” (Psalm 105:24). He delivered them from their Egyptian bondage with His strong power- “He sent darkness…He turned their waters into blood, and slew their fish…He spake, and there came divers sorts of flies, and lice…He gave them hail for rain, and flaming fire in their land…He smote their vines…He smote also all the firstborn in the land, the chief of all their strength” (vv. 28, 29, 31, 32, 33, 36). God’s faithful reign continued even when His people were in their wilderness wanderings- “He spread a cloud for a covering; and fire to give light in the night…he brought quails, and satisfied them with the bread of heaven…He opened the rock, and the waters gushed out…” (vv. 39-41). God’s rule over His people was marked by faithfulness, mercy, and provision. From Egypt to the Promised Land, God never forsook or misled His people- “For he remembered his holy promise, and Abraham his servant. And he brought forth his people with joy, and his chosen with gladness: And he gave them the lands of the heathen…” (vv. 42-44).
When the people of God submitted to the rule of God, the blessings flowed freely. However, when the Israelites quickly turned their hearts from God the results were tragic. In 1 Samuel 8, we read, “Then all the elders of Israel…came to Samuel…And said… make us a king to judge us like all the nations” (vv. 4-5). Samuel was shocked and very displeased at this request of the people. But God answered and said, “…Hearken to the voice of the people…for they have not rejected thee, but they have rejected me that I should reign not reign over them” (v. 7). The people of Israel demanded a king with evil motives- to be like the nations. They rejected God’s plan and God’s rule over them. God had Samuel forewarn the people about the consequences of their choice- “…ye shall cry out in that day because of your king which ye have chosen you; and the LORD will not hear you” (v. 18).
What a tragedy indeed! When we persistently reject the reign of God in our hearts, we end up hurting ourselves. For many, a rejection of God’s reign in their heart is merely the desire to be conformed to the world rather than Christ. When Christ reigns in our heart, victory, fellowship, provision, strength come our way! When we allow self upon the throne of our heart, defeat, discouragement, barrenness, and hurt will come.