God Bless the King!

I am not getting caught up in the royal wedding fever at the moment.  I am not a ‘royalist’ as my grandparents were.  I remember the day of Charles’ and Diana’s wedding when I was carted into my grandmother’s and I played with cars on the floor as everyone oohed and ahhed at how beautiful everything was.  However, because of my heritage I am familiar with having a monarch.  I went to church with the Queen in Pakistan when she was there to celebrate their 50th anniversary.  Our national anthem, though, does touch me.  The British national anthem, sung to My Country ‘Tis of Thee  (I included verse 6, which was removed when it became the National Anthem, for Andy Yeaman):

1. God save our gracious Queen
Long live our noble Queen
God save the Queen
Send her victorious
Happy and glorious
Long to reign over us
God save the Queen

2. O Lord our God arise
Scatter her enemies
And make them fall
Confound their politics
Frustrate their knavish tricks
On Thee our hopes we fix
God save us all

3. Thy choicest gifts in store
On her be pleased to pour
Long may she reign
May she defend our laws
And ever give us cause
To sing with heart and voice
God save the Queen

4. Not in this land alone
But be God’s mercies known
From shore to shore
Lord make the nations see
That men should brothers be
And form one family
The wide world over

5. From every latent foe
From the assassins blow
God save the Queen
O’er her thine arm extend
For Britain’s sake defend
Our mother, prince, and friend
God save the Queen

6. Lord grant that Marshal Wade
May by thy mighty aid
Victory bring
May he sedition hush
And like a torrent rush
Rebellious Scots to crush
God save the Queen 
As we can see, there is a tradition of singing songs of honour, praise , and protection for a monarch.  Compare the above hymn with Psalm 21:
1 The king rejoices in your strength, LORD.
   How great is his joy in the victories you give!

 2 You have granted him his heart’s desire
   and have not withheld the request of his lips.[b]
3 You came to greet him with rich blessings
   and placed a crown of pure gold on his head.
4 He asked you for life, and you gave it to him—
   length of days, for ever and ever.
5 Through the victories you gave, his glory is great;
   you have bestowed on him splendor and majesty.
6 Surely you have granted him unending blessings
   and made him glad with the joy of your presence.
7 For the king trusts in the LORD;
   through the unfailing love of the Most High
   he will not be shaken.

 8 Your hand will lay hold on all your enemies;
   your right hand will seize your foes.
9 When you appear for battle,
   you will burn them up as in a blazing furnace.
The LORD will swallow them up in his wrath,
   and his fire will consume them.
10 You will destroy their descendants from the earth,
   their posterity from mankind.
11 Though they plot evil against you
   and devise wicked schemes, they cannot succeed.
12 You will make them turn their backs
   when you aim at them with drawn bow.

 13 Be exalted in your strength, LORD;
   we will sing and praise your might.


  1. On whose behalf is this psalm sung?
  2. How does Israel think about its national security?
  3. Why can’t those who plot evil succeed?
  4. Who plots evil against your country?
  5. What songs do you sing that encourage your leadership to trust in God?

Going Deeper

Do the following show proper respect?




About Plymothian

I teach at Moody Bible Institute in Chicago. My interests include education, biblical studies, and spiritual formation. I have been married to Kelli since 1998 and we have two children, Daryl and Amelia. For recreation I like to run, play soccer, play board games, read and travel.
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