I’ve heard a lot of introductions over the years… Speakers being introduced at conferences, those receiving awards, candidates for office, and others. I’ve even been introduced a few times and wondered… “Who is that guy, anyway? Do I know him? Must be pretty impressive!” They obviously got the promo piece that the public relations department put together… not my “rap sheet.” Don’t be mistaken; I’m grateful that people (including my wife) can say nice things about me.
But on a humorous note, I remember my wife telling me of a lady who was effusively “pouring on the gravy” after I had spoken at an event. (She didn’t know at the time that Sharon was my wife.) So Sharon identified herself… and the lady exclaimed, “Oh my, being married to him must be a real trip!” To which my wife replied with a grin… “If you only knew… If you only knew!”
David was an exemplary, God anointed, and incredibly gifted leader! Psalm 45 is a song honoring him… an introduction, if you please. Here is how it starts out… “My heart overflows with a pleasing theme; I address my verses to the king; my tongue is like the pen of a ready scribe. You are the most handsome of the sons of men; grace is poured upon your lips; therefore God has blessed you forever. Gird your sword on your thigh, O mighty one, in your splendor and majesty ride out victoriously for the cause of truth and meekness and righteousness; let your right hand teach you awesome deeds!” (From Psalm 45)
But then I think the one writing this tribute to David, the earthly king, became deeply aware that there was a Greater King – a Heavenly King – the “King of all Kings!” if you please… Then, to that, he exclaimed, “Your throne, O God, is forever and ever! The scepter of your kingdom is a scepter of uprightness! You have loved righteousness and hated wickedness. Therefore God, your God, has anointed you with the oil of gladness beyond your companions!” (vss. 6-7)
Hey listen, when we’re “pouring on the gravy” to a human leader – whoever they are – let’s keep in mind there is One before whose name, “Every knee will bow, in heaven and on earth, and under the earth, and every tongue confess that He is Lord to the glory of God the Father!” (from Philippians 2:5-11) If there is any greatness in any of us its because of Him – because of His grace! Let’s honor Him above all others – He deserves it! He is our Savior and Lord – “King of all kings, Lord of all lords!”