(Psalm 21:7) – For the king trusts in the Lord, And through the mercy of the Most High he shall not be moved. (NKJV)
I love the Psalms. When you read them, they either reflect life as you are experiencing it, or remind you of things you should be focused on. In Psalms 21, King David reminds us that our joy and security in life comes from God. Let’s look at a few highlights:
(Psalm 21:1) – The king shall have joy in Your strength, O Lord; And in Your salvation how greatly shall he rejoice! (NKJV; emphasis mine)
When is the last time you truly rejoiced in your salvation? Over the years we tend not to think about it as much, and we are less “fanatical” about our salvation. We couch this in term’s of “maturity” and “soberness” but I’m not so sure that it is all that good to lose our “giddyness” and child-like thrill concerning salvation. In fact, I’m positive it’s not good. Of course over time we do learn some proper temperance about when and how to witness and share our faith, but I’m reminded of our Savior’s admonition:
(Mark 10:15) – Assuredly, I say to you, whoever does not receive the kingdom of God as a little child will by no means enter it.” (NKJV; emphasis mine)
Children openly show emotion and thanks for something that thrills them. They are neither ashamed nor self-conscious about what other people will think. Think about your salvation. Are you overjoyed by it? Perhaps we are, but maybe we just need to STOP and think about it more often.
(Psalm 21:2) – You have given him his heart’s desire, And have not withheld the request of his lips. (NKJV; emphasis mine)
In today’s materialistic world, it’s easy to immediately think “possessions” when you read this verse, or maybe “job”, “family” or “health”. It’s a shame that we are so tuned into the physical, and not as focused on the spiritual. No Christian can deny that God has given us our “heart’s desire” when you illuminate that statement with the light of salvation and eternal life.
For most of us in America, we can hardly say that God has not granted our heart’s desire even with regards to physical things. We are clothed, fed, and relatively safe. We have beds, entertainment, transportation and things to enjoy. By every standard, we have far more than a “heart’s desire” in abundance. In light of the suffering and deprivation of many of our Brethren around the world, we should be exceedingly grateful for all we have.
(Psalm 21:6) – For You have made him most blessed forever; You have made him exceedingly glad with Your presence. (NKJV; emphasis mine)
All over the world, Christians suffer for acknowledging God’s presence. They give up freedom, possession and family to publicly enter into God’s presence. Though God with every one of His children in any circumstance they may find themselves in, we are particularly blessed in Western society to have the freedom to openly worship and serve God, and yet we often neglect this precious gift.
The Christian pattern of happiness:
Rejoice in salvation
Gladness in God’s presence
Notice the pattern of happiness: rejoice in salvation, glad in His presence. If you are unhappy today, stop and evaluate whether or not you are forsaking these two primary sources of joy.
(Psalm 21:7) – For the king trusts in the Lord, And through the mercy of the Most High he shall not be moved. (NKJV; emphasis mine)
This is my favorite of the verse because it shows us how to be anchored, secured and unmoved in a world where nothing is for sure, nothing is sacred and nothing is certain. Through God’s mercies, we can be steadfast, unmovable… firmly anchored in life.
What are God’s “mercies”? In this context, it means His provisions, His promises, His Word, His care. It is the “truth” about God:
- Will never forsake us. Heb 13:5
- Incorruptible. Rom 1:23
- Eternal. Deu 33:27; Psa 90:2; Rev 4:8-10
- Immortal. 1Tim 1:17; 6:16
- Omnipotent. Gen 17:1; Exo 6:3
- Omniscient. Psa 139:1-6; Pro 5:21
- Omnipresent. Psa 139:7; Jer 23:23
- Immutable. Psa 102:26,27; Jas 1:17
- Glorious. Exo 15:11; Psa 145:5
- Perfect. Mat 5:48
- Holy. Psa 99:9; Isa 5:16
- Just. Deu 32:4; Isa 45:21
- True. Jer 10:10; Joh 17:3
- Righteous. Ezr 9:15; Psa 145:17
- Good. Psa 25:8; 119:68
- Gracious. Exo 34:6; Psa 116:5
- Faithful. 1Cor 10:13; 1Pet 4:19
- Merciful. Exo 34:6,7; Psa 86:5
- Patient. Num 14:18; Mic 7:1
- Compassionate. 2Kin 13:23
See what I mean? If you study these truth, these provisions… the mercies of God surpass ANYTHING we encounter in this life, on this earth. Nothing can move us. Not sickness, turmoil, war, deprivation, evil men or even Satan himself. We are UNMOVED, unshakeable and eternally secure covered deep and wide by the unchanging truth of God Almighty.
If that doesn’t light your fire today, I’m not sure anything will. Does your salvation cause you to rejoice today? Do the truths of God provide you stability and security? What anxiety is moving you today? Which of God’s mercies is the answer to that anxiety?
Lord God, help us to learn, embrace and continually focus on the mercies, the truth, about You. May we rejoice and be unmovable in You and because of You. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.
James 1:22 – But be doers of the word, and not hearers only, deceiving yourselves. (NKJV)
- What is the most obvious Bible truth you have learned today?
- What change in your life needs to be made concerning this truth?
- What specific thing will you do today to begin that change?