This is the end of the third cycle of seven. The first spoke of praising the Kingdom and the second was about the knowledge of its King. Today we are shown the value of the King who is in us. What has been a habit and an idea becomes reality. What was hope borne up by faith becomes the substance of understanding directing our actions and producing gladness. Our joyful King is already in us, waiting to be found. It is the real "us" we were meant to be.
21. God Gives Us a King
The King in us finds joy in your strength, O Lord; salvation is his greatest blessing. You have given him his heart’s desire, and held back nothing that he requested. It is done. You have given him the greatest blessings and crowned him with purest gold. He asked for life, You have given him days without end; his glory is made great by your salvation. Honor and majesty are his true appearance. These gifts are his to keep forever and he knows the joy of being near to You.
Our redeemed spirit becomes our King, He is within us and we have trusted Him, O Lord, and with your strength we cannot fail. Through Him you will know our enemies, his hand will find those that hate You. You will wither them in the furnace of your anger and they will be swallowed up. Their fruit will be destroyed and their seed will be gone from your people. They intended evil against You, but they will not be able to finish it. Instead, You will finish them and You will make us the arrows on your bow.
The glory is Thine, O Lord, because of your strength; so we sing and are glad.
This is the promise, this is the salvation we are all looking for. God’s enemies are destroyed and we are given endless days of greatest blessings and crowns of gold. What more could we possibly ask or need? I was baptised when I was young and this scene of glory was exactly what I had in mind when I thought of eternal life. There would be joy, peace and contentment for everyone and for all time. And how do we go about putting this glorious salvation and the joy it brings into the ‘right now’ and the ‘five minutes from now’? We use all that we have; our actions, our thinking and our emotions.
Psalm Seven described the Kingdom and what we do to achieve it. “We hold your name high and become your kingdom,” it said. We are judged by God’s standards and it is his law that preserves good works. His strength and his power are enough to sustain us: we don’t need to depend on our own efforts, we only need to make them. Our way out of this evil place, the action we must take is to give praise to our Maker.
Psalm Fourteen spoke of the difference between the reality of the Kingdom of the Lord and the knowledge of men regarding this most basic truth. The foolish convince themselves there is no God and so, what they do becomes corrupt. Their wrong thinking may get them rich but it does not reduce their fear: it leads them astray.
Psalm Seven was about action, what to do and how to do it. Fourteen was a thoughtful and logical comparison of reality and knowledge of information, of the truth we seek. And now, here in Psalm Twenty-One, we see the emotional outpouring of the achievement of salvation; glory, honor, and majesty. They are gifts to keep forever along with the joy of being near our Creator.
This is the culmination of all our seeking. This is the fulfillment of finding the path but it is nearly the end of only the first chapter. Today’s victory can never be taken away and it will forever change how we see the courses and patterns of our lives. There is much work left to be done for ourselves and those around us and it will not be easy, but we are assured that we will be given the strength to face it.