Day 24. Plus One.
Or I’m not sure if I’m even going to hit a thousand words with this one. Who knows.
Considering today was April 21, and I had some extra time today, to slack and to realize I’ve been slacking too much, I was able to go ahead and open Ye Olde Gideon’s Bible to read Psalm 21. I’m pretty sure I have something similar to this in another notebook somewhere, but this is how the Word spoke to me today.
Psalm 21:1-2 “The king shall have joy in Your strength, o LORD; and in Your salvation how greatly shall he rejoice! You have given him his heart’s desire, and have not withheld the request of his lips.”
We rejoice in Christ’s strength. He is strong for us. Though there will be times that we are able to go forth in our own strength and make progress, our true strength lies in the Lord – HE is the one who is strong for us.
We also rejoice in the salvation we have through Him. Christ Himself is our literal Salvation. We could easily jump into reading His Hebrew name – Yeshua – and understand that it literally means ‘Salvation’; I could be wrong, so if you’re reading this and know I didn’t say it right, I’d appreciate the correction.
But anyway, there you go – Whether we are weak or strong ourselves, in mind, body, and being, we know that Christ is constantly strong for us. And we can count on Him, as we have trusted in Him – He is our Salvation. He does not give Salvation, He IS our Salvation.
Psalm 21:3-5 “For You meet him with the blessings of goodness; You set a crown of pure gold upon his head. He asked life from You, and You gave it to him – length of days forever and ever. His glory is great in Your salvation; honor and majesty You have placed upon him.”
Oh, blessed is the king, indeed – but I say, blessed still are those who place their trust in the King of Kings, for through Christ we have been given the title, among others, as a royal priesthood;
We are royalty, and we are priestly! Royalty, as we have no less than the resurrected Christ, whose name is above all, as our Savior. Priestly, as we have been made new creations, and actually more than priestly in the sense that who we are is of more value than any priest has ever done – being filled with the presence of God by way of reconciliation through Christ, we ourselves are Temples of the Holy Spirit!
We are blessed with goodness and authority – and not of false jewellery, but of pure gold – LEGITIMATE authority! We have length of days, both now and forever, for the eternal and infinite Christ has dwelt in us as we have been born in Him. By this our hearts are in peace, and our countenance is that of joy unspeakable – a regal and majestic joy, out of celebration of the One who saved us.
(This wasn’t from the notebook, by the way. I forgot to add a word for this set of verses. Nice to go through it this evening.)
Psalm 21:6-7 “For You have made him most blessed forever; You have made him exceedingly glad with Your presence. For the king trusts in the LORD, and through the mercy of the Most High he shall not be moved.”
Blessed forever, and exceedingly glad with Christ’s presence.
Christ is with us. 100% and more, Christ is with us. By His death we have been reconciled – we have been placed in Him, and He dwells in us. So this means when He died, so our old self was killed. And when He rose to life, so we were ourselves resurrected. Finally, when He ascended into Heaven and was seated at the right hand of the Father, so we were seated in the Heavenly places with Him, and the proof was the Holy Spirit descending at Pentecost for the apostles and for us as soon as we allowed Christ to author our faith through believing.
Christ was true to His word. He is with us, now and forever. And through the mercy of the Most High, indeed, we shall not be moved.
God’s enemies are the king’s enemies, and oh, how He deals with them:
They will be found and swallowed in His wrath, and they will be devoured by fire.
Their offspring shall be destroyed from the earth, and their descendants from among the sons of men. (Psalm 21:8-10)
God’s right hand will find those who hate Him. They intended evil against Him; they devised a plot which they are not able to perform. (Psalm 21:8,11) Now, could it be that though they come to steal, kill, and destroy, they could not do this to God?
Nevertheless, as they try in vain, they shall be filled with fear and confusion. (Psalm 21:12)
Psalm 21:13 – Be exalted, O LORD, in Your own strength! We will sing and praise Your power.
Friends, behold. Behold, the blessings of the king. Behold, the downfall of God’s enemies! They hate Him, they intend evil against Him – much as they themselves deny Him and have others try to deny Him as well, they could not prevail! Behold, the downfall of God’s enemies!
Behold, friends! Behold, one and all: Behold the full favor of the king, and the complete destruction of God’s foes!
Sorry, I’ve been watching a LOT of Vikings lately, and I couldn’t resist speaking – or, in this case, writing – like King Olaf would.
But seriously, this is certainly something I needed to read right now. There was a moment – well, to be honest, it was in the past days – when I was just confused and interrupted in my flow and my movement, to the point that I started beating myself up. By God’s grace, I believe I am back on track.
I am thankful for the Word, and the Life unto the Word, who is Himself the Living Word, Jesus Christ.
I am a king with a great Savior.