Hannah has supplied today’s notes.
Today’s passage is Psalm 21, it’s a good one! I absolutely love the Psalms, I love poetry and I love songs so it’s a dream for me to be looking at this today. David knows how to write a classic and we have one of them today!
This one is a Psalm of thanksgiving and it seems that David is feeling the joy. Yesterday’s reading prepares us for today’s, the requests in Psalm 20 are fulfilled in Psalm 21, looking at them side by side makes it really clear. For example, in Psalm 20 “May he give you the desire of your heart and make all your plans succeed” and in Psalm 21 “You have granted him his heart’s desire and have not withheld the request of his lips.” For me, it’s amazing to look at these two together, David asks, receives and worships. I could learn to thank God more when He gives me the desires of my heart, usually though I’m straight onto the next request.
David also puts the emphasis in his joy on God. He says “He asked you for life, and you gave it to him length of days, for ever and ever. Through the victories you gave, his glory is great; you have bestowed on him splendour and majesty.” The key thing for me here is that David does not let his success obscure God. Within the excitement of where he is, he remembers that God got him there. I don’t know if I’m able to put this as eloquently as I’d like to but it’s sometimes easy to focus on God when we feel like we don’t have anything else and yet so important to focus on him when he’s provided for us and guided us.
The second half of the Psalm looks to the future and David places trust in God to continue delivering him! Hallelujah! I could do with a dose of David’s faith I think! Verse 7 onwards talks about continued victories. David is able to look back at God’s guidance and provision and trust that he can do it all again. God’s love for us doesn’t fade, he doesn’t get bored of helping us, he’s there in the valley and on the mountain tops. Wherever we are at the moment, whether things are really tough or going really well, let’s look to God and trust him.
Blessed Be Your Name
In the land that is plentiful
Where Your streams of abundance flow
Blessed be Your name
Blessed Be Your name
When I’m found in the desert place
Though I walk through the wilderness
Blessed Be Your name (Matt Redman)