[b]Worms should be made kings![/b](Thomas Watson, "The Beatitudes" 1660)"Don't be afraid, little flock, because your Father delights to give you the kingdom!" Luke 12:32 See here the mercy and bounty of God, who has prepared a kingdom for His people. It is a favor that we poor wormsshould be allowed to live. But that worms should be made kingsthis is divine bounty! It is mercy to pardon usbut it is rich mercy to crown us! 'Behold, what kind of love is this!'Earthly princes may bestow great gifts on their subjectsbut they keep the kingdom to themselves. Though Pharaoh advanced Joseph to honor and gave him a ring from his fingeryet he kept the kingdom to himself. 'Only in the throne will I be greater than you' (Genesis 41:40). But God gives a kingdom to His peopleHe sets them upon the throne! How David admires the goodness of God in bestowing upon him a temporal kingdom. 'Then king David went in, and sat before the Lord and saidWho am I, O Lord Godand what is my house, that You have brought me hitherto?' (2 Samuel 7:18). He wondered that God should take him from the sheepfoldand set him on the thronethat God should turn his shepherd's staff into a king's scepter! O then, how may the saints admire the riches of gracethat God should give them a glorious kingdom above all the princes of the earthnay, far above all heavens! God thinks nothing too good for His children. We many times think much of a tear, a prayer, or to sacrifice a sin for Himbut He does not think a kingdom is too much to bestow upon us! How will the saints read over the lectures of free grace in heaven, and trumpet forth the praises of that God, who has crowned them with suchastonishing loving-kindness!See here, that which may make the people of God long for death. Then, they shall enter upon their glorious kingdom! Indeed the wicked may fear death. It will not lead them to a kingdombut toa horrid prison. Hell is the jail where they must lie rotting forever with the devil and his demons!
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