Friday 17 May, 2013

Psalm 21

1 Lord, the king is filled with joy because you are strong. How great is his joy because you help him win his battles! 2 You have given him what his heart longed for. You haven’t kept back from him what his lips asked for. Selah 3 You welcomed him with rich blessings. You placed a crown of pure gold on his head. 4 He asked you for life, and you gave it to him. You promised him days that would never end. 5 His glory is great because you helped him win his battles. You have honored him with glory and majesty. 6 You have given him blessings that will last forever. You have made him glad and joyful because you are with him. 7 The king trusts in the Lord. The faithful love of the Most High God will keep the king secure. 8 You, the king, will capture all of your enemies. Your right hand will take hold of them. 9 When you appear, you will be like a flaming furnace to them. The Lord will swallow them up in his anger. His fire will burn them up. 10 You will wipe their children from the face of the earth. You will remove them from the human race. 11 Your enemies make evil plans against you. They think up evil things to do. But they can’t succeed. 12 You will make them turn their backs and run away when you aim your arrows at them. 13 Lord, may you be honored because you are strong. We will sing and praise your might.

I love how King David is unashamedly and passionately acknowledging in this Psalm that his success, his strength and his prosperity come from God.

As a man of power, the King of a nation, it would be tempting for David to believe that his achievements are a result of his own doing. Yet he places the reason for

his success clearly on to the goodness and blessing of God.

It’s a good thing to be reminded regularly that every good thing we have, every talent, every success comes from God.

Lord, we humbly acknowledge that our success, strength and blessings all come from You. May we always remember that we apart from You we can do nothing of eternal value.

Written by Shelley Witt

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