1 The king shall joy in thy strength, O Lord; and in thy salvation how greatly shall he rejoice!
2 Thou hast given him his heart’s desire, and hast not withholden the request of his lips. Selah.
This is apparently written when David was the king because he says the king shall take joy in the Lord’s strength, and that God is giving him the desire of his heart. In most of the Psalms, we are not really sure exactly when they were written so we have to look at the wording to see how it fits into David’s life. Of course David had a lot of battles even when he was King but this particular Psalm is a Psalm that lifts up God and thanks him for the blessings he has as king.
He begins by saying the king will take joy in the strength of the Lord. Do I take joy in his strength? Or do I take joy in my own strength? I always have to remember that my strength is only me in bodily form. When it comes to battling the enemy of our souls I have no strength at all and I have to rely on his strength. So we should make sure that we’re not just happy that our bodies are being formed and shaped by the exercises we do and the workout schedule that we keep. We need to take joy in the strength that God gives us to fight the spiritual battles we face everyday.
I’m sure most of us rejoice in our salvation. Sometimes I find myself taking that for granted. “Well, I’m saved, that’s wonderful. I have new life in Christ and I have a home in heaven. Praise the Lord”. But the psalm says greatly shall he rejoice. Let me never forget the price that was paid for my salvation and may I always greatly rejoice in what Jesus did for me on the cross.
Now he says that the King has received the desires of his heart and that God is not withholding the request of his lips. I have a feeling that the desires of Davids heart were a lot different then the desires of my heart can be sometimes. I still have a lot of desires for earthly possessions and things that will make me happier in this life. I think Davids desires had more to do with being delivered from his enemies and being at peace with those around him. I don’t see anywhere in Davids life or in his writing that he asked for riches or wealth or fame. I’ve asked the Lord to make my desires more pure and more in line with his kingdom. What kind of desires does your heart have?
3 For thou preventest him with the blessings of goodness: thou settest a crown of pure gold on his head.
4 He asked life of thee, and thou gavest it him, even length of days for ever and ever.
5 His glory is great in thy salvation: honour and majesty hast thou laid upon him.
6 For thou hast made him most blessed for ever: thou hast made him exceeding glad with thy countenance.
David continues to talk about how God has blessed him. The blessing of goodness and putting a crown of pure gold on his head. God gave him life and length of days. He gave him honor and majesty. And he made him blessed forever.
As I look at my own life I am amazed at the blessings God has brought my way. They may not have put a crown of pure gold on my head, but he has extended my life by keeping me safe many times. He may not have given me honor and majesty but he has given me favor with many people throughout North Iowa. And he has certainly blessed me in my family and in my ministry and in my business.
Very last portion of this section what I really like. He writes that has made him exceedingly glad with His countenance. I can certainly relate to that. There is nothing that gives me a greater thrill then when the Holy Spirit arises within me and starts to praise the Lord. I can feel his countenance and the sweet presence of God fills the room whether it’s just me worshipping or whether I’m among a body of believers in corporate worship. I have been in Cancer Treatments now for 4 months and the biggest thing I miss is Corporate worship. There is nothing that can replace that and I can’t wait to be back in my church worshipping with the congregation. And I so look forward to the day that I can once again take my place as worship leader. To God be the glory for what he is doing in my life. Oh my – I can feel his countenanceas as I write this
If you are not a part of a body of believers you are really missing out. Find yourself at church where they love to worship God and you will see what I mean. When the congregation starts to sing praises to the Lord something happens in that body that will take your breath away. and you’ll never find anything that can replace it
7 For the king trusteth in the Lord, and through the mercy of the most High he shall not be moved.
All of the things listed above came because David trusted in the Lord. Nothing can replace the fact that we need to trust God in every situation. It’s easy to trust God when you’re on the mountain top. But we must learn to trust him when we’re going through the valley and through the most difficult times in our life – like I am right now. I trust him explicitly to do what is right in my life. All through this cancer treatment even when things are going bad I maintain that God has been merciful to me. Things could be so much worse.
But I know he loves me with an everlasting love and I know his intention is to do what is good in my life and to give me a testimony that will touch people who have cancer, people who have loved ones that have cancer, people who are sick and hurting, and lost souls. It may be a long recovery I’m facing but his Mercy will run with me all the way and I shall not be moved from my God. I trust him with everything that’s within me
8 Thine hand shall find out all thine enemies: thy right hand shall find out those that hate thee.
9 Thou shalt make them as a fiery oven in the time of thine anger: the Lord shall swallow them up in his wrath, and the fire shall devour them.
10 Their fruit shalt thou destroy from the earth, and their seed from among the children of men.
11 For they intended evil against thee: they imagined a mischievous device, which they are not able to perform.
12 Therefore shalt thou make them turn their back, when thou shalt make ready thine arrows upon thy strings against the face of them.
David once again starts to talk about what God will do to his enemies. David has absolutely no doubt that God is going to take care of those enemies that rise up against him. He says they intended evil and then imagine mischief but God will make them turn their back and run.
Do we believe that God will do this to the enemies of our soul? Do you trust God to take care of things when they don’t go the way you want them to? We have to learn to trust God implicitly in every situation. That will keep us from grumbling and complaining and worrying about the future. God loves you. His Mercy is Everlasting to Everlasting. He will not fail you he will not come up short. He will not turn his back on you.
So put your trust in God everyday and in every situation. Trust him no matter what comes your way. Trust him in sickness and health. Whether you’re rich or poor trust him. If your car breaks down trust him. If you lose your job trust him. If it seems everybody is against you trust that God is still for you.
13 Be thou exalted, Lord, in thine own strength: so will we sing and praise thy power.
As he does so often, David ends the psalm with praise. He knows who deserves his praise, and he lavishes it on God. What a great reminder to us to finish our prayers with praise. Praise that God heard our prayers. Praise that God will answer the prayers we just prayed. Praise for His strength and His power to arise and accomplish those things that we prayed for. What an awesome God we serve.