‘Truth for Truckers’*February 21, 2014* Psalm 21 “The King’s Powerful Testimony ”
This Psalm of stark simplicity is divided neatly into two sections with the first section dedicated to giving a Glorious Testimony of God’s Past Working (v.1-6) and the second a Guarantee of God’s Future Victory (v.7-13). David, the king, in his introductory statement promises the LORD: ‘The king shall joy in Thy strength, O LORD; and in Thy salvation how greatly shall he rejoice.’ (v.1) This declaration of great joy illustrates the heart condition of a blessed believer due to the past and present working of the LORD on his behalf.
Then, his testimony of the LORD’s answering his prayer: ‘Thou hast given him his heart’s desire, and hast not witheld the request of his lips. Selah.’(v.2) This agrees with Psalm 37:4 ‘Delight thyself also in the LORD and He shall give thee the desires of thy heart’ as David’s clear testimony affirms. The answer to David’s heart’s desire is unfolded in (v.3, 4) ‘For Thou prevented him with the blessings of goodness: Thou sat a crown of pure gold on his head. He asked life of Thee, and Thou gave it him, even length of days for ever and ever.’
The actual crowning of David as king of God’s people is focused on here and in addition David received the assurance of life, referring to eternal life as indicated in the last phrase of (v.4) which is one of the few declarations in the Old Testament concerning the eternal nature of the soul. ‘His glory is great in Thy salvation; honor and majesty hast Thou laid upon him (v.5). David focuses upon the ‘Salvation’ of the LORD which in most cases refers to physical deliverance, but here coupled with the previous mention of ‘For ever and ever’ it indicates the salvation of the soul. This provides the king with ‘Great glory...honor and majesty’ blessings which only the LORD can give!
The summary statement of this section is found in (v.6) ‘For Thou hast made him most blessed for ever: Thou hast made him exceeding glad with Thy countenance.’ The recognition of David as to the source and length of his greatness is only surpassed by the presence of the LORD making him ‘exceeding glad’ which brings to a strong conclusion these verses of praise and thanksgiving of David’s powerful testimony. (v.7) is the transition verse underlining the core reason for David’s testimony and blessing: ‘For the king trusts in the LORD and through the mercy of the Most High he shall not be moved.’ His great faith in His God and the unchanging love-filled mercy of the King of heaven Who rules in the affairs of heaven and earth provide the confidence of a king who recognizes ‘he shall not be moved’ or shaken regardless of diverse circumstances of life!
And, in the remainder of the Psalm David ascribes credit to the LORD’s ability to deal with the multitude of enemies that are in the world knowing that they are in fact God’s enemies: ‘Thine hand shall find out all Thine enemies: Thy right hand shall find out those that hate Thee.’ (v.8) which summarizes the details of the LORD’s dealing with His enemies described in detail in (v.9-12) The final verse has inspired multitudes to sing praises to the LORD including the late songwriter Al Smith in his hymn ‘Be Thou Exalted:
’Be Thou exalted in Thine own strength, so will we sing and praise Thy power’ (v.13)
This magnificent close to another Psalm of David shows the right response of the Believer when confronted with this Glorious Testimony and the Guarantee of Future Victory over the enemies of God. The pledge to exalt and ‘Sing and praise’ to the power of our God who alone is able to bless us and deliver us from the assault of the enemy should be the natural testimony of all who believe!
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