Do you want the Son to be happy?
Really happy with you… Then kiss Him.
“Kiss the Son, lest he be angry, and ye perish from the way, when his wrath is kindled but a little. Blessed are all they that put their trust in him.” (Psalm 2: 12)
Let’s take some steps back in the conversation that led to this statement by the psalmist.
In Psalms 2: 2-3, David lamented over the pride and arrogance of the kings of the earth: “The kings of the earth set themselves, and the rulers take counsel together, against the Lord, and against his anointed, saying, Let us break their bands asunder, and cast away their cords from us.”
These kings felt in charge – in charge of lives and the land. Let us do this and do that… Even taking counsel against the Lord.
So much resemblance to what we see in our society today.
No regard for God and His word. No reverence for Him. No relationship with Him.
Many people, having gotten trivial wealth and power now believe they have little or no space for God.
I remember one man saying he’s travelled to so many parts of the world to research and find out more about this Christian religion… and came to a conclusion that it’s more of an illusion. God is up there. We are the ones in charge on earth. In his words, I even hear people say ‘what God cannot do does not exist’ and I laugh. Will God come down and operate this machine?
What a caricature!
And we find this more with the elites… much reading seems to have made them mad (in Paul’s words).
David noticed this disregard for God with the kings of his time. And in verse 4, he wrote: He that sitteth in the heavens shall laugh: the Lord shall have them in derision.
Just the way God looks down on the proud and rebellious people today and laughs with pity. Look at man, that I can just stop air from getting into his nostrils… and he’s gone. Didn’t they read what I did to Nebuchadnezzar? How he lived like an animal for 7 years. Or that rich fool that death visited after he boasted of his wealth and power.
These men did not kiss the Son. The Son of the Most High God. The One whose name is exalted above every other name. Their attitude attracted wrath on them.
But for someone like David, he knew how to draw the love and blessings of God. No wonder God called him a man after His own heart.
And David gave these kings this counsel that will bring and keep God’s blessings with them: Kiss the Son, lest he be angry, and ye perish from the way, when his wrath is kindled but a little. Blessed are all they that put their trust in him.
Kiss The Son
I believe you understand that the “Son” referred to is Jesus. The Saviour of the world. The Bridegroom of the Church (Christians).
And just like for any bride and groom, a kiss expresses the affection, intimacy, love, oneness and devotion you have for each other. Jesus desires such affection for Him.
How do we express that?
Commune with Him – at all times.
You’re working or walking, eating or drinking, with others or alone… you can practise His presence. “Darling Jesus, I just love You! Jesus, what do You think I should do now? Jesus, how should I respond to this? Jesus… Jesus… Jesus… Crush on Him. Let people around you know He’s your first lover.
Submit to Him – in all things.
Jesus told His disciples, “If you love Me, keep my commandments.” He demands the same obedience and submission to His will and Word from us. Bible scholars state that in its original context, the phrase kiss the son refers to an act of submission or obedience. In the Old Testament, we also see two passages where a kiss symbolized submission:
In 1 Samuel 10:1 Samuel anoints Saul as king: “Then Samuel took a flask of oil and poured it on Saul’s head and kissed him, saying, ‘Has not the LORD anointed you leader over his inheritance?’” In 1 Kings 19:18 God tells Elijah, “Yet I reserve seven thousand in Israel—all whose knees have not bowed down to Baal and all whose mouths have not kissed him.”
Jesus is the King of kings, and Lord of lords. Submit to Him – your past present and future, your decisions, plans and desires… He knows better. And can make your life brighter than you ever do, all by yourself.
Serve Him – in all that you do.
“And whatsoever ye do, do it heartily, as to the Lord, and not unto men; Knowing that of the Lord ye shall receive the reward of the inheritance: for ye serve the Lord Christ.” (Collosians 3: 23, 24) This Bible passage should be our watchword as Christian Professionals… That whether at the office, at home, in the Church, your community, with friends – in everything you ought to do/your hands find to do, you do it as unto the Lord and unto men.
No eyeservice. No grumbling, murmuring and complaining. No less-than-standard output.
Give your best to everything you do. Let people know you as one who does excellent work! And your reward, both on earth and in heaven, will be great. Seest thou a man diligent in his business? He shall stand before kings; he shall not stand before mean men. (Proverbs 22: 29)
You want to stand before kings? You want to be eternally blessed?
KISS the Son!