Psalm 21 (April 11, 2011)

[1] O LORD, in your strength the king rejoices, and in your salvation how greatly he exults!  [2] You have given him his heart’s desire and have not withheld the request of his lips. Selah  [3] For you meet him with rich blessings; you set a crown of fine gold upon his head.  [4] He asked life of you; you gave it to him, length of days forever and ever.  [5] His glory is great through your salvation; splendor and majesty you bestow on him.  [6] For you make him most blessed forever; you make him glad with the joy of your presence.  [7] For the king trusts in the LORD, and through the steadfast love of the Most High he shall not be moved.  [8] Your hand will find out all your enemies; your right hand will find out those who hate you.  [9] You will make them as a blazing oven when you appear. The LORD will swallow them up in his wrath, and fire will consume them.  [10] You will destroy their descendants from the earth, and their offspring from among the children of man.  [11] Though they plan evil against you, though they devise mischief, they will not succeed.  [12] For you will put them to flight; you will aim at their faces with your bows.  [13] Be exalted, O LORD, in your strength! We will sing and praise your power. (Psalm 21 ESV)

Celebration of the Victorious God

We look at our culture and we can be very easily discouraged. Opening the newspaper, or turning on the television can result in a barrage of statistics, stories and events seemingly indicating the chaotic disorder of the world and our hearts melt. We are grieved to see such tragedy and disobedience and evil and we may slide into despair or hopelessness. Part of our mission in 2011 is the focus of gospel hope. We, as believers in Jesus, have actual hope, not imaginary hope.

When we come to this Psalm we read about God as a victorious warrior for his people and we wonder if that applies to us now. We tend to chop up the Bible in that discussion, thinking that God was a warrior in the Old Testament, passive in the New Testament and he’ll pick the sword up again in Revelation for one last beat-down. The Bible is about one idea: the gospel (the good news of the kingdom of God coming in the person and work of Jesus Christ), and it is about one person: Jesus Christ. We will see in this study over the next few days how God not only was a victorious warrior, but is a victorious warrior.

The first verse of this passage celebrates the victory of the Lord. The king rejoices not in his victory, but the Lord’s victory. Let this found your joy and worship: The Lord was is and will be victorious and no matter how well we do in the fight, God is victorious in the end.

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