Day 18

A King Humbly Serves His People



2 Chronicles 1:7-12, 2 Chronicles 6:12-21, Micah 5:2, Zechariah 9:9-10

BY Raechel Myers

Text: 2 Chronicles 1:7-12, 2 Chronicles 6:12-21, Micah 5:2, Zechariah 9:9-10

A king humbly serves his people. A king’s job in the Old Testament was to know what his people needed and to lead in such a way that they would have it. He was to lay down his life for his people, using his powerful position to secure for them what only he could. Doing this well required great humility.

“Look for the helpers.”

It was Mr. Rogers who shared this insight with us—advice his own mother gave him when he would see scary things happening as a child. “You will always find people who are helping.”

Have you seen them? Men or women risking their comfort, their time, their very lives to serve or even rescue others? They’re the helpers. And in a very real sense, Solomon was the helper to the people of Israel.

In 2 Chronicles 1, God said to Solomon, “Ask. What should I give you?” (v. 7). The God of the universe offered the new king whatever his heart desired. This is how we know Solomon was a humble king: he put the care of his people ahead of his own glory by asking God to make him a better ruler for them. “Now grant me wisdom and knowledge so that I may lead these people, for who can judge this great people of Yours?” (v. 10).

Not riches, not wealth or glory or long life, or even the destruction of his enemies. Solomon understood even in his answer what some leaders never realize: power is not simply found in a display of strength or force. True power is displayed in humility. The Old Testament kings of Israel and Judah who followed and feared God understood this. And Jesus, of course, would be the ultimate demonstration of this power.

A good king is always a helper. But sometimes, the better the helper, the harder he is to spot. Can you find the helper-King in Matthew 27:41-43?

“So also the chief priests, with the scribes and elders, mocked him, saying, ‘He saved others; he cannot save himself. He is the King of Israel; let him come down now from the cross, and we will believe in him.’”

Jesus Himself was the helper—humbly sacrificing His life for ours. It didn’t look much like heroism, but it was the most selfless act of royal rescue in human history. Jesus gave the help Israel needed—the help they didn’t know they needed, the help only He could give. His demonstration of power didn’t look like brute force at all. In fact, to the world it looked a little like weakness. He knew His people’s greatest need and was obedient even unto death to secure it for them. This is what makes Him the King of kings.

Solomon humbly, yet imperfectly, ruled over Israel, giving them a continued awareness of their need for a perfect King. They ached for that King. They believed God’s prophets who said He would come, and they rejoiced on behalf of the generations to come who would one day know Him.

Rejoice greatly, Daughter Zion!
Shout in triumph, Daughter Jerusalem!
Look, your King is coming to you;
He is righteous and victorious,
humble and riding on a donkey,
on a colt, the foal of a donkey.
– Zechariah 9:9

Do you see the Helper? Righteous and victorious. Humble and riding on a donkey.

He’s coming. Hallelujah, He is coming!

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67 thoughts on "A King Humbly Serves His People"

  1. Melody Suarez says:

    It motivates me to want to lead humbly in the leadership positions that God has given to me now and in the future ❤

  2. Teresa says:

    so after reading today’s devotion, I checked FB and found this post by my friend Rebekah Walton. It fit so perfectly I had to share it with you all.

    “God stooped the farthest and deepest than any person ever has. There is no king who stooped so low, no nobility who made himself into nothing as thoroughly God, nor any common man who has humbled himself compared to the depth of humility with which God clothed himself with.

    In the annals of history we may see a king overtaken in war, unwillingly defeated by his enemies, but never a king so high as the King of the universe willingly entering humanity in the form of a babe to make a way for men to come to him and have fellowship. No man took his high position, and no man took His life. He gave both, willingly.

    Today, if you are struggling with humility remember that He has gone before you and you will never stoop lower than the King of Kings. You will never stoop lower than the King of Kings did to enable you to walk in the nobility of being His child, walking in freedom and in humility as He did, humility being one of the highest marks of nobility a child of God can possess.

    Today, it matters more how you sit with and love people who are less fortunate, less educated, sick, addicted, lonely and suffering (even at their own doing)! and cannot repay you, than with those who are of high regard.

    The King of all Kings, humbling himself far more than you ever will.

    Remember that today.

    Ask him to enable you with such a love and humility as He himself demonstrated and enables you to walk in.”

    1. Laurie says:

      This is absolutely wonderful! Thank you for sharing. :)

    2. Cecilia says:

      I love this, thank you!

    3. JennyBC says:

      Precious words. So Much to be grateful for this holiday season. Jesus.

    4. Cheri says:

      Thank you so much for sharing this! I needed this reminder today.

  3. Amyie says:

    “True power is displayed in humility. ”
    Love this truth. I have a little girl who is struggling with belonging at school and have been trying to find a way to point her towards that truth.

    1. churchmouse says:

      Will pray for your little girl – that one other little girl will befriend her. That one smile would make them connect. That they would become comrades in arm. Yes Lord. Do this thing. Please. Amen.

    2. Naomi says:

      Praying for your precious little one.

      1. Katy says:

        I will pray, the Lord answered the same prayer for my daughter! I pray yours will be the light for her future friend, and that she will know that the Lord has given her the desire of her heart.

  4. JoAnn says:

    We are shown that humility holds such strength…

  5. Keri McCue says:

    When I think about this I get chills, ” It didn’t look much like heroism, but it was the most selfless act of royal rescue in human history. ” He humbled Himself. He didn’t look like a hero. But He saved us and died for us. I will never get over the awe of that fact!

    http://www.littlelightonahill.com

  6. Raegan says:

    I am so thankful that our generation is able to know the King! What trust it must have taken to rejoice knowing that someone ahead of me would one day know Him. Praise God that He sent Jesus to be our perfect king, and the perfect sacrifice for our sins.

  7. “the most selfless act of royal rescue in human history” Love this! Jesus is our perfect humble example!!!

  8. Carrie Rogers says:

    Oh, I am so thankful for our perfect King!

    1. She Reads Truth says:

      Me too, Carrie!

      xoxo-Kaitlin

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