The Language of the Kingdom

Someone has called the Psalms the “language of the kingdom,” that is the kingdom of God. If you want to speak the language of the kingdom of God, read the Psalms. Sometimes I get people who hear me pray a public prayer and say something like, “man, you need to teach me how to pray to like that.” When they say that, I usually point them to the textbook that taught me: the book of Psalms.

When we read Mary’s song, in Luke 1.46-55, and also the song of Zechariah, in Luke 1.67-79, we find a lot of Old Testament in them. When these songs are sung, we can see that the language of the kingdom is on the singers’ hearts. Notice the numerous OT references in Mary’s song:

“My soul glorifies (or magnifies) the Lord” – see 1 Sam 2.1-10

“And my spirit rejoices in God my Savior” – Psa 25.5

“For he has been mindful of the humble state of his servant” – 1 Sam 1.11; Psa 136.23; 138.6

“from now on all generations will call me blessed” – Psa 71.18

“for the mighty one has done great things for me” – Deut 10.21; Psa 71.19

“Holy is his name” – Psa 99.3; 111.9

“His mercy extends to those who fear him, from generation to generation” – Psa 103.17; cf. Ex 20.6

“He has performed mighty deeds with his arm” – Psa 89.11ff; Psa 98.1

“He has brought down rulers fromi their thrones but has lifted up the humble” – 1 Sam 2.4, 7; Job 5.11-13

“He has filled the hungry with good things” – Psa 107.9; 1 Sam 2.5

“But has sent the rich away empty” – Job 22.9

“He has helped his servant Israel, remembering to be merciful” – Isa 41.8-9; Psa 98.3

 “To Abraham and his descendant forever” – Micah 7.20

Mary has been selected as the conduit for the fulfillment of the Abrahamic promises and from her heart springs the language of the kingdom. If you want to speak the language of the kingdom, pick up the textbook and learn from those who spoke it. Reading, memorizing, reciting the Scripture will enable one to communicate your thoughts as these people did. This is not say that one must speak fluent King James Version to be understood by God; people struggling in their prayer life can learn from these examples as to how a child of God can communicate their thoughts and feelings to their heavenly Father.

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