"By me kings reign, and
princes decree justice. By me princes rule, and nobles, even all the judges of
the earth." Proverbs 8:15-16.
contemplation of this Divine Person! He proclaims himself to be the source of
power and authority, no less than of counsel and wisdom. "KING OF
KINGS" was the mysterious name written upon his vesture. (Rev. xix. 16; i.
5; xvii. 14.) Yet his crown does not displace the regal diadem from the brow
of earthly princes; nor is the sceptre to fall from their hands. These ensigns
of power are to be held, but in subordination to his own. By me kings reign;
not only by my permission, but by my appointment. They bear my name. They are
stamped with my authority. (Exod. xxii. 28. Ps. lxxxii. 6. John, x. 35.) Proud
anarchy disputes the prerogative, and traces the authority to the people; only
that they may cast off the yoke of God, and "do that which is right in
their own eyes." (Judg. xvii. 6; xix. 1. Hos. viii. 4. 2 Pet. ii. 10.
Jude, 8.) Scripture polities lay down the offensive truth
"There is no power but of God; the powers that be are ordained of God.
They are ministers of God," not servants of the people. (Rom. xiii. 1-6.)
Government in all its administrations – kings, princes, nobles, judges –
is a Divinely-consecrated ordinance. Every kingdom is a province of the
universal empire of the "King of kings." Men may mix their own
pride, folly, and self-will with this appointment. But God's providential
counter-working preserves the substantial blessing. Yet, if "the power be
exclusively of God," then is Wisdom, by whom kings reign,
the very essence and person of God. And here is our rest, our anchor in this
world's agitating storm. "The government of the world is on the
shoulders" of "the Head of the Church." (Isa. ix. 6.) All
things – all power in heaven and in earth – is delivered unto him of his
Father. "The Lord reigneth; let the earth rejoice." (Ps. xcvii. 1.)
Commentary on Proverbs,” by Charles Bridges. First published 1846. This edition reprinted by
The Banner of Truth Trust, 1987. p 76.