“I’m king of the hill!”

Until another prepubescent child —slightly larger—would knock him off the hill and proclaim in greater triumph, “I’m king of the hill!”  And the cycle began again.

We may grow up but isn’t there still a part of us trying to knock the next guy or girl off the hill so we can shout, “I’m king of the hill”?  Maybe we feel like we just have to keep waiting and our day will come or maybe we just don’t like the person on the hill and we want to knock them off simply out of spite.

Regardless of our reason, we sit at the base of that “hill” and desire to push them off and take our rightful place.  We want to get our chance at the spotlight and to prove ourselves as worthy as the current occupier on that hill.

As it’s written in Proverbs 11:2, “When pride comes, then comes disgrace, but with humility comes wisdom.”  This is the constant reminder we need as the people of God.  We must remember our greatest exaltation doesn’t come at our own hands but at the will of our Lord.  In Psalm 65:1-3 we read:

God is renowned in Judah;
in Israel his name is great.
His tent is in Salem,
his dwelling place in Zion.
There he broke the flashing arrows,
the shields and the swords, the weapons of war.  

There is only one “king of the hill” and it’s most definitely not you or me.  God is known to us only because in His greatness He is able to communicate with us.  The very fact that He is able to communicate with us is a miracle.  The closest comparison we can make is us trying to communicate with mold.  How do you do that?  What frame of reference do you have to communicate?

Without God putting Himself into our story, we would be as aware of Him as the characters in a play are aware of their author.  Let that sink in.  We are only aware of God because He has written Himself into our history, our story, our pain, and our pleasure.  With this kind of power, only He deserves to be called “great”.   Only our Lord is able to be truly called “The King of the Hill.”

More than that, the Lord has fought and won battles.  He is the Warrior who defends us, His children.  The Holy Spirit writes through Paul in Colossians 2:13-15:

13 When you were dead in your sins and in the uncircumcision of your flesh, God made you alive with Christ. He forgave us all our sins, 14 having canceled the charge of our legal indebtedness, which stood against us and condemned us; he has taken it away, nailing it to the cross. 15 And having disarmed the powers and authorities, he made a public spectacle of them, triumphing over them by the cross.

In the cross, we find the Warrior’s greatest victory: the liberation of those accepting His gift of life from the power of sin, death, and hell.  Child of God, the One who indwells and empowers you is not sitting at a distance unable to help.  He is the Warrior standing on the hill of victory declaring, “I AM the King of the Hill.”

Verse 1
All creatures of our God and King
Lift up your voice to Him and sing
Oh praise Him oh praise Him
Let all things their Creator bless
And worship Him in humbleness
Oh praise Him oh praise Him
Allelujah allelujah
Verse 2
All hail the Savior of the world
Honor and pow’r are His alone
Oh praise Him oh praise Him
Allelujah allelujah
All glory to our God and King
Ev’ry crown thrown down in offering
Ev’ry knee shall bow and voice proclaim
You are God You are King
Oh praise Him oh praise Him
Oh praise Him oh praise Him
“God and King”
St. Francis of Assisi | Zach Neese
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