Psalm 21:8-13 [NLT]
8 You will capture all your enemies.
Your strong right hand will seize all who hate you.
9 You will throw them in a flaming furnace
when you appear.
The Lord will consume them in his anger;
fire will devour them.
10 You will wipe their children from the face of the earth;
they will never have descendants.
11 Although they plot against you,
their evil schemes will never succeed.
12 For they will turn and run
when they see your arrows aimed at them.
13 Rise up, O Lord, in all your power.
With music and singing we celebrate your mighty acts.
David and his people go off to war. You expand their territory and they get that that is all on You. They give you praise and they celebrate with music and singing and I’m betting they dance a little too. Forgive me for taking you for grant during the week. How many of my fights have you fought, what have you saved me from that I don’t even know about. This Super Bowl Sunday I chose to celebrate you. I might even dance a little. Rise up, O Lord, in all your power.
From “Songs of Jesus”
RESTING IN GOD’S JUDGMENT. The first part of this psalm is what we like to hear, but the second part, where God’s King punishes his enemies, is just as much a part of God’s Word as the rest. If we have lived comfortable, untroubled lives, these verses may trouble us; to anyone who has experienced injustice or oppression they are a comfort. Because Jesus will be the infallible judge, we don’t have to be. We can let our grudges go and our revenge die.
Prayer: Lord, I praise you for being a God of justice, who will not let any wrongdoing go unaddressed or unpunished. Instead of being angry at those who wrong me, let me be compassionate, praying that they find your mercy through repentance. Amen.