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Have You Brought Gifts For The King?
 
In the Scriptures, we read how it was always fitting to bring presents unto the reigning king. To not bring a gift was to despise him. The Lord Jesus Christ is, was, and always will be the King of all kings Who reigns forevermore.
What gifts are you giving to Him today?
 
There are several examples in the Bible of others bringing presents to the reigning King. They are as follows:
 
1 Kings 4:21 says - "And Solomon reigned over all kingdoms from the river unto the land of the Philistines, and unto the border of Egypt: they brought presents, and served Solomon all the days of his life."
 
2 Kings 17:3 says - "Against him came up Shalmaneser king of Assyria; and Hoshea became his servant, and gave him presents."
 
2 Chronicles 17:5 says - "Therefore the LORD stablished the kingdom in his hand; and all Judah brought to Jehoshaphat presents; and he had riches and honour in abundance."
 
2 Chronicles 17:11 says - "Also some of the Philistines brought Jehoshaphat presents, and tribute silver; and the Arabians brought him flocks, seven thousand and seven hundred rams, and seven thousand and seven hundred he goats."
 
2 Chronicles 32:23 says - "And many brought gifts unto the LORD to Jerusalem, and presents to Hezekiah king of Judah: so that he was magnified in the sight of all nations from thenceforth." 
 
For the purpose of this message, we would like to take Psalm 72:10 as our main text -
"The kings of Tarshish and of the isles shall bring presents: the king of Sheba and Seba shall offer gifts."
 
Psalm 72 is a Psalm referring to King Solomon. It mentions certain aspects that were characteristic of his reign -
 
Verse 2 says - "He shall judge Thy people with righteousness, and thy poor with judgment."
Verse 4 says - "He shall judge the poor of the people, he shall save the children of the needy, and shall break in pieces the oppressor."
Verse 7 says - "In his days shall the righteous flourish: and abundance of peace so long as the moon endureth."
Verse 8 says - "He shall have dominion also from sea to sea, and from the river unto the ends of the earth."
Verse 9 says - "...his enemies shall lick the dust."
Verse 17 says - "His name shall endure for ever: His name shall be continued as long as the sun: and men shall be blessed in him: all nations shall call him blessed."
 
On first glance of these particular verses, we see that they make perfect reference to the eternal reign of the Messiah, the Lord Jesus Christ. So we see that Solomon in this Psalm is a Perfect Type of Christ.
 
Psalm 72:10-11 speaks to us of Solomon but also of Christ - "The kings of Tarshish and of the isles shall bring presents: the kings of Sheba and Seba shall offer gifts. Yea, all kings shall fall down before him: all nations shall serve Him."
 
In this specific verse, "Tarshish" represents any distant region abounding with riches. The "isles" are the lands beyond the seas - particularly the Mediterranean Sea. The "presents" or "gifts" are not forced gifts of revenue or taxes; rather they are considered to be friendly offerings of thanksgiving. 
 
"The kings of Tarshish and of the isles shall bring presents: the kings of Sheba and Seba shall offer gifts."    
 
It was considered a personal affront to any king if one came before him emptyhanded. This is aptly illustrated in 1 Samuel 10:27 where we read of certain people's scorn for and rejection of Saul as their new leader and King - "But the children of Belial said, How shall this man save us? And they despised him, and brought him no presents. But he held his peace."
 
For a people to come emptyhanded before the reigning King was to demonstrate utmost defiance, pride, arrogancy, self-sufficiency, stubbornness, and rebellion. Notice that the people who refused to bring Saul "presents" were referred to as "children of Belial" - that is, children of the devil. 
 
How does Psalm 72:10 - our main text - in speaking of bringing presents and gifts before the reigning king apply to us today?  
 
In 1 Kings 10:1-2, 10 we read of the Queen of Sheba and her visit to Solomon's kingdom - "And when the queen of Sheba heard of the fame of Solomon concerning the name of the LORD, she came to prove him with hard questions. And she came to Jerusalem with a very great train, with camels that bare spices, and very much gold, and precious stones...And she gave the king an hundred and twenty talents of gold, and of spices very great store, and precious stones: there came no more such abundance of spices as these which the queen of Sheba gave to king Solomon."
 
We then read in Matthew 12:42 of the judgment that shall fall upon all those who - unlike the Queen of Sheba - come emptyhanded before the King of kings and the Lord of lords - One Who is much "greater than Solomon" - "The queen of the south shall rise up in the judgment with this generation, and shall condemn it: for she came from the uttermost parts of the earth to hear the wisdom of Solomon; and, behold, a greater than Solomon is here."  
 
Who are the present kings from far and distant lands who should be coming before King Jesus - bearing gifts and presents? It is none other than His purchased people.
 
Revelation 1:6 and 5:10 inform us that God has made us "kings" who shall some day reign on this earth under the Great Rule of the King of kings - the Lord Jesus Christ - "And hath made us kings...unto God and His Father...And hast made us unto our God kings...and we shall reign on the earth."
 
As "kings," it is fitting for us that we come before the Lord Jesus with a gift. But what gift could we bring before our King? Are we to bring "presents" such as gold, spices, and precious stones as the Queen of Sheba brought before King Solomon?
 
Although Solomon had riches in abundance, the Lord Jesus owns all the silver and the gold - "The silver is Mine, and the gold is Mine, saith the LORD of hosts"(Haggai 2:8). He owns the entire world - "If I were hungry, I would not tell thee: for the world is Mine, and the fullness thereof"(Psalm  50:12). Again, we read in Psalm 24:1 - "The earth is the LORD's, and the fullness thereof; the world, and they that dwell therein."
 
So what kind of presents are suitable for our King?
 
The Scriptures give us many ideas as to what kind of gifts we should give to Him -
Psalm 18:49 says - "Therefore will I give thanks unto Thee, O LORD..."
Psalm 29:1 says - "Give unto the LORD, O ye mighty, give unto the LORD glory and strength."
Psalm 96:8 says - "Give unto the LORD the glory due unto His name: bring an offering, and come into His courts."
Hebrews 13:15-16 says - "By Him therefore let us offer the sacrifice of praise to God continually, that is, the fruit of our lips giving thanks to His name...to do good and to communicate forget not: for with such sacrifices God is well pleased."
 
We are to bring thanksgiving...all of the glory...our praise...tithes and offerings...and good deeds before the Lord. But these gifts are all meaningless if He does not have our hearts.
 
Hence, the gift that God wants to see each time that we come into His Presence is our hearts...- "My son, give me thine heart..."(Proverbs 23:26).
...our lives... - "Sacrifice and offering Thou didst not desire; mine ears hast Thou opened: burnt offering and sin offering hast Thou not required. Then said I, Lo, I come: in the volume of the book it is written of Me, I delight to do Thy will, O my God..."(Psalm 40:6-8).  
...or our self... - "I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that ye present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable unto God, which is your reasonable service"(Romans 12:1).  
 
We are never to come emptyhanded before our King. The greatest "gift" or "present" that we could bring before the Lord Jesus is our total allegiance to Him to accomplish His will on this earth - no matter what the price or cost.
 
Psalm 76:11 commands us - "Vow, and pay unto the LORD your God: let all that be round about Him bring presents unto Him that ought to be feared."
 
In other words, we are to bind ourselves to Him...promise Him our lives...obligate ourselves to His service...and vow to always be His. We are to bring Him our petitions and praise...our thanksgiving offerings...and our tithes. But all of these gifts are empty and vain if they are not accompanied with our vows to give ourselves totally to be His.
 
At all times and in every place, He "ought to be feared." He is the "Terrible One." He is the "Dread One." We are to "fear this glorious and fearful name, THE LORD THY GOD"(Deuteronomy 28:58). With Him is "terrible majesty"(Job 37:22) - "O God, Thou art terrible out of Thy holy places..."(Psalm 68:35) and "God is greatly to be feared in the assembly of the saints..."(Psalm 89:7).
 
"The kings of Tarshish and of the isles shall bring presents: the kings of Sheba and Seba shall offer gifts."
 
According to the Scriptures, you have been made a "king" unto God. The "kings of Tarshish" and the "kings of Sheba and Seba" brought "presents" and "gifts" to King Solomon. "Behold, a greater than Solomon is here." What "presents" or "gifts" are you bringing this day before the King of kings - the One "that ought to be feared"?
 
More than anything else, He desires your vow that promises that you are eternally and absolutely His.
 
Give Him -
...what He rightfully deserves
...His due
...what you owe Him
...your heart, life, self - your All-in-All.
 
Pay your vows this day.
Let it not be likened unto a forced and resented tax or revenue; rather, let it be a voluntary gift of gratitude.
 
Remember - to come before Him emptyhanded shows that You despise him.
To deny Him the gift of your life or self makes you a "child of Belial" or a child of the devil.
 
2 Corinthians 9:7 concludes - "Every man according as he purposeth in his heart, so let him give; not grudgingly, or of necessity: for God loveth a cheerful giver."
 
May God Bless His Word.
Connie

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