The King is Coming

We are in the midst of a pandemic, the global outbreak of a deadly virus, and all but essential businesses have been shut down.  Just like that, in a matter of weeks, no concerts, no sporting events, no March madness, no school or college campus classes, no church gatherings.  Even the Olympics have been cancelled.  Everyone is ordered to stay at home. 

What is God up to I wonder?  What is he doing?  And what does he desire to do in me?  Do I need to repent?  Let me do it.  Do I need to change my ways?  Let me do it.  Have I taken up an idol and allowed my heart to be divided?  Let me cast it down now for Jesus alone.  God alone.  These are thoughts that run through my mind.     

This past week I was FaceTiming my mom and she reminded me of a song called “The King is Coming.”  As a young girl I remember hearing Doug Oldham sing it.  It’s a very visual song and the scenes always played out in my mind when I heard it.  In the middle of our conversation my mom began reciting the words. The old scenes came back as I listened…

The marketplace is empty
No more traffic in the streets
All the builders’ tools are silent
No more time to harvest wheat
Busy housewives cease their labors
In the courtroom no debate
Work on earth is all suspended
As the King comes thro’ the gate.
O the King is coming
The King is coming…

I’ve been thinking about that song all week.  Never in my lifetime did I expect to see such a dramatic suspension of the world’s activities.  I’m still in shock.  And awe.  It makes me wonder, is it time for this prophecy to be fulfilled?  Is the King, Jesus, coming?  Who could clear a room quicker than God?  And why would he?  Why the suspension of activity?  Is it a holy hush?  Is God clearing the way for a greater entrance into my heart or his great entrance into the world?  I feel him directing my soul toward higher realities.  I see how I’ve been consumed with “my little kingdom” things.

One night on my couch, I’m listening to the song again.  It’s over and I’m thinking.  Truths are rushing in.  Today I pen them…        

There is a greater courtroom to consider  
A higher judge
A grander debate
A better business to be done
A more worthy race to run
There is a greater glory
One more worthy
Of our cheers than men
A higher arena
A greater drama
There is a grander stage
Truer songs
Words more worthy of our breath
Higher bread
Truer gold
A greater exchange to invest in
The gold of salvation
The ransom of men
For our King comes soon
Through the gate
There’s no time to sleep my soul
Be shaken now awake    

“…we wait for the blessed hope, that is the glorious appearance of our great God and Savior, Jesus Christ.” Titus 2:13 EHV

5 thoughts on “The King is Coming”

  1. Dearest Daughter,
    Thank you for a clear and concise statement about present situation.
    May God continue bless YOU and USE You to live for Him and declare HIS truth. Thank you for sending copy to us…… May God continue fill you with His Holy Spirit and use as His voice in “these last days” to draw people to Him.
    God bless you and keep you in these last days to draw people to Himself, may He fill you with His Spirit and give you His peace which passes understanding. May he continue to inspire and fill you with His Holy Spirit. God bless you and keep you dear daughter and continue your wonderful writing about and His Glory. May God continue bless you and your writings
    All my Love,
    Dad

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  2. What a beautiful song “ The King is Coming“. Oh how have I wondered what all this means. Uncertainty what’s to come. One thing I’m sure of is, my place is with Jesus. Thank you for your words that brings comfort to us in this time of season.

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  3. What a gifted writer you are! I love that song, too and am wondering , like you what God is trying to teach us. May we listen with a holy hush and open hearts. We live in perilous times but how wonderful to belong to the King of kings knowing HE doeth all things well. We have been forced to sit quietly and re-evaluate what really matters in this life…so much of what we do isn’t necessary or important but being ready for the coming King is all that matters. I also loved your blog on Leaving Room In Your Cart!
    Love and thanks for your words of encouragement!

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