LONG TO REIGN OVER US
By 10th September 2015, Queen Elizabeth II will have reigned for 63 years and 7 months, becoming the longest reiging monarch in British history.
Since her accession to the throne on the 6th of Febuary 1952, the Queen has provided consistnecy in a changing world and has been a model of devoted sevice in a sadly selfish world.
On her 21st birthday, the Queen, then princess Elizabeth, vowed that her whole life "whether it be long or short" would be devoted to the service of her country and she sought God's help "to help make good my vow".
Our National Anthem is a prayer:
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.
In His goodness, God has answered that prayer and by 10th September 2015 Her Majesty will have reigned for 63 years and 7 months, becoming the longest-reigning monarch in British history.
Since her accession to the throne on 6th February 1952, the Queen has provided consistency in a rapidly changing world; a model of devoted service in a sadly selfish world, and, most importantly, an example of faith in an increasingly secular world.
Her parents were Christians. In his Christmas Broadcast in 1939, King George VI quoted the encouraging words: “I said to the man who stood at the Gate of the Year, ‘Give me a light that I may tread safely into the unknown’. And he replied, ‘Go out into the darkness, and put your hand into the Hand of God. That shall be better than light, and safer than a known way’” and during the following year, as war raged, he twice called for a National Day of Prayer. His wife, whom we came to know and love as the Queen Mother, when questioned on one occasion about her relationship with Jesus Christ, declared: ‘He is the possessor of my heart’.
On her 21st birthday, the Queen, then Princess Elizabeth, vowed that her whole life ‘whether it be long or short’ would be devoted to the service of her country and she sought God’s help ‘to make good my vow’.
Good to see her lifelong belief in God. Even better to see her appreciation of the Christian Gospel. As she expressed it in her 2011 Christmas Broadcast: “God sent into the world a unique person – neither a philosopher nor a general…but a Saviour, with the power to forgive.”
A Saviour? Yes! Jesus Christ came not primarily as an Example for us to follow, but as a Saviour so that we might be forgiven.
Many have said that the Queen has scarcely put a foot wrong during her reign, but it is evident that even she has acknowledged that we are all sinners in need of God’s forgiveness. The Lord Jesus died on the Cross to deal with our sins and if we repent of those sins and receive Him as our Saviour, our sins are forgiven, a relationship with God is formed and a place in Heaven is assured.
The Queen concluded that 2011 Broadcast with the words of a carol:
O Holy Child of Bethlehem,
Descend to us we pray.
Cast out our sin
And enter in.
Be born in us today.
She added: “It is my prayer that on this Christmas day we might all find room in our lives for the message of the angels and for the love of God through Christ our Lord.”
It is appropriate that we celebrate the achievement reached by Her Majesty on 10th September 2015 and rejoice with her for a long and devoted reign.
It is even more appropriate that we listen to her own words, respond to the glorious message of the Bible and invite the Lord Jesus into our lives.