Step #2: Meditatio / Meditate
Use the following meditation to help you reflect more deeply on the Scripture (you may want to read the passage again).
Americans often have an awkward relationship with the idea of kingship. On one hand we think of kings as evil despots. Kings may be OK in Arthurian legend, but we don't want them in the real world. After all, we take great pride in the fact that our country was born by practically kicking out a king. At the same time, we have a weird tendency to look to political and cultural leaders as royalty. Whether its a state of the union address or a red carpet, deep down, we want somebody to rule over us, protect us, tell us what is good and bad. So, we look to worldly powers for our king.
The Israelites wanted the same king. They were an odd people. They had judges to lead them, but no king. They were surrounded by kingdoms more powerful than them. If only they had a king, like those real powerful kingdoms, then they would be safe.
Yet God was meant to be their king. He was going to lead them himself. He even proved it by defeating the Egyptians, various other armies, and bringing his people to the promised land. But it is so hard for the human mind to trust a God it cannot see (at least in the same way we see other things in the world). They ask for a king and Samuel gives them a stern warning. Worldly kinds will take from you and use you. And this warning has proven true, throughout Israels history and throughout the history of the world.
But one day, God would send his people a king that they could see with their own eyes. Yet, he would look more like a servant than a king. He would conquer their foes and protect them, but he would do it by sacrificing himself. He would ask many things from them, but what he takes is their sin, their reliance on the world, their fear, their wounds. What he would give them is his very self. His body, Blood, Soul, and Divinity. He would give them God, and the ability to become God's own Children. One day, they would have a Good King, who was God and Man, Jesus Christ.
Step #3: Oratio / Pray
These questions are to be used to talk to God; have a conversation with the Lord about these questions and what is going on in your heart as you pray today.
Have you ever thought of what it would be like to be ruled by an earthly king? Do you find it even hard to imagine?
Do you ever think of Christ as KING? King of the universe, King of your heart?
Have you considered what it means to bow down to Christ as King?
Step #4: Contemplatio / Contemplate
In this step, you listen. Stop talking, let God speak to your heart. You may repeat one of these short phrases to focus your mind on the Lord.
"King of Kings."
"Lord of Lords."
"King of my heart."
Step #5: Actio / Act
In light of today's reading and your time spent in prayer with the Lord, what concrete action or actions will you take to let this encounter with the Lord bear fruit in you today?
Take a piece of paper and write down all the ways that Jesus is King today. Kings are the rulers of a place or thing so "King of my heart" or "King of our school" or "King over our house." How can you worship Jesus as King in these ways?
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