Proverbs 20: King James Bible
The Way of Kings – Daily Devotion of Proverbs chapter twenty, Verse 28
28 Mercy and truth preserve the king: and his throne is upholden by mercy.
Daily Inspiration from This Verse – The Way of Kings
Just in this chapter, we’ve been given some great insight into the way of kings, and the make-up of a wise and successful king. Consider the sources for this information.It was given directly from the King of Kings, to the most successful king of all time.
The Father has seen fit for this information to be handed down to us, for at least three reasons.
- To give us insight into how the Father governs.
- To give us criteria to follow in order to be able to recognize a good or bad king.
- To give us instruction for our future, when the Father delegates authority to the Saints during the reign of Christ on the earth.
Having said that, there is some serious experience at play relating to the stuff of kings, here in chapter 20. Let’s sum up on the different things that have been introduced.
We’re told that the fear of a king is like the roaring of a lion, and to stir the king up to anger is a sin against your own soul. When the king is on the throne of judgement, he scatters away evil with his eyes. Not only does a wise king scatter the wicked, but he also brings the wheel right over them. Anyone notice a theme forming yet?
But the verse above has a different flavor to it. This speaks toward what preserves a king. The main ingredients being mercy and truth. Furthermore, we’re given insight to how to uphold the throne, which is by mercy.
Upholding the throne (I believe) represents the longevity of rule, from generation to generation. We can see several good examples of this in action through Israel’s history.
We can also see the opposite proven out to be true. I’m reminded when king Solomon’s son decided to listen to the wicked counsel of his friends, and chose cruelty over mercy. Look it up, it didn’t work out too well for him.
In Psalm 57:10, the Lord is described to have mercy that is great unto the heavens, and truth reaching unto the clouds. Psalm 86:15 says that the Father is plenteous in mercy and truth. His mercy is everlasting, and his truth endures to all generations, Psalm 100:5.
These two traits are used together in one way or another in at least 23 different verses throughout the Bible. I would recommend doing a thorough study concerning these two traits of the Lord through his Word.
We’d soon learn, that these traits of the Father, are things that we who love him hang on to, and depend on. Some of us on a daily basis. But we’d also learn that it is his pleasure, that we follow in his footsteps concerning mercy and truth.
Not only because it gives him pleasure, but to also give us practice for the future.
Related New Testament Scripture
Matthew 24: King James Bible
45 Who then is a faithful and wise servant, whom his lord hath made ruler over his household, to give them meat in due season? 46 Blessed is that servant, whom his lord when he cometh shall find so doing. 47 Verily I say unto you, That he shall make him ruler over all his goods.
Matthew 25: King James Bible
21 His lord said unto him, Well done, thou good and faithful servant: thou hast been faithful over a few things, I will make thee ruler over many things: enter thou into the joy of thy lord.
2 Timothy 2: King James Bible
12 If we suffer, we shall also reign with him: if we deny him, he also will deny us:
2 Timothy 3:16 King James Bible
All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness:
2 John 1: King James Bible
3 Grace be with you, mercy, and peace, from God the Father, and from the Lord Jesus Christ, the Son of the Father, in truth and love.
Revelation 5: King James Bible
9 And they sung a new song, saying, Thou art worthy to take the book, and to open the seals thereof: for thou wast slain, and hast redeemed us to God by thy blood out of every kindred, and tongue, and people, and nation; 10 And hast made us unto our God kings and priests: and we shall reign on the earth.
Thank you for keeping and preserving your truth for us to observe, take part in, hold on to, and digest. Please help us all, in every area of our lives, to move ever closer to the final work that you have purposed for each one of us. Bring us ever closer to the mark of your will, and renew us always with your ways, rather than us being bogged down with our own sinful ways. This we pray in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ.
Ever notice the difference between the world’s definition and the Lord’s definition, relating to the way of kings?
- Daily Inspiration from Proverbs 16 P. 215 – The King and Kings
- Daily Inspiration from Proverbs 20 P. 295 – A Wise King
- Daily Inspiration from Proverbs 11 P.121 – Blessings from God
- Daily Inspiration from Proverbs 25 P. 386 – Unfaithful
- Daily Inspiration from Proverbs 29 P. 473 – Favor of a Ruler