Psalm 21:1-7 [NLT]
1 How the king rejoices in your strength, O Lord!
He shouts with joy because you give him victory.
2 For you have given him his heart’s desire;
you have withheld nothing he requested.
3 You welcomed him back with success and prosperity.
You placed a crown of finest gold on his head.
4 He asked you to preserve his life,
and you granted his request.
The days of his life stretch on forever.
5 Your victory brings him great honor,
and you have clothed him with splendor and majesty.
6 You have endowed him with eternal blessings
and given him the joy of your presence.
7 For the king trusts in the Lord.
The unfailing love of the Most High will keep him from stumbling.
The unfailing love of the Most High, deserves much praise. I praise You, O Lord Most High. You give us victory, You satisfy my heart’s desires. You preserve my life, You cloth me, endow me, and You make Your presence known to me. #Immanuel. O Lord Most High I praise You and I also repent. How often do I do life not calling on Your person, Your power, Your Presence? The last line of verse seven says, “The unfailing love of the Most High will keep him from stumbling.” I choose to live in that promise, I choose to proclaim that truth knowing God will do what God does. Provide! As much as I enjoy rejoicing in my answered prayers, I will rejoice and give thanks all the more for the answered prayers of my community. You always have been and always will be my #Immanuel – God with us. Thanks for the reminder again today.
From “Songs of Jesus”
REJOICING IN THE KING. Psalm 21 is thanksgiving for the answered prayers of Psalm 20. The people have triumphed because their king has. But the language describing the king now bursts its own banks. He lives “for ever and ever” and receives splendor and bliss “unending.” We might think this flattering hyperbole, if we didn’t know that these things are true of Jesus, the ultimate king, without exaggeration. In him the splendor, the intimacy with God (verse 6), and the assurance of final triumph all are ours. And Jesus’s “heart’s desire” is our salvation. “After he has suffered, he will see the light of life and be satisfied” (Isaiah 53:11). Our daily joy should be as exuberant as this psalm.
Prayer: Lord Jesus, you ran your course with joy—and it cost you your life—all because your heart’s desire was that we should be your people. Through you I have access to the Father and the assurance of resurrection. Let these joyous certainties animate my daily life. You are my King indeed. Amen.