The king shall joy in thy strength, O Lord; and in thy salvation how greatly shall he rejoice! ~Psalm 21:1
Psalm 21 is a Psalm of rejoicing. It is a Psalm of worship and praise for the blessings of his salvation. David writes this Psalm as a sovereign and as a son. It is Psalm that looks back, looks at the present, and looks ahead. The essence of this Psalm is “the joy of my salvation.” Let us see this morning why being saved should result in an exuberance of joy and rejoicing in our lives.
The joy of our salvation is found in our absolute possession.
“The king shall joy in thy strength, O Lord; and in thy salvation how greatly shall he rejoice!” Salvation is the free gift of God to every sinner. It is His grace undeserved that is exhibited to us. Salvation is the receiving of eternal life and the forgiveness of our sins. “He asked life of thee, and thou gavest it him, even length of days for ever and ever.” Salvation is God’s eternal gift to every one of us. It is being accepted in the beloved and knowing that no man shall pluck us out of His hand.
The joy of our salvation is found in the attainment of our position.
“For thou preventest him with the blessings of goodness: thou settest a crown of pure gold on his head.” David is speaking of his anointing as the king of Israel. However, every saved person is a king and priest in Jesus Christ. “And hath made us kings and priests unto God and his Father; to him be glory and dominion for ever and ever. Amen,” Rev. 1:6. God has placed His royal robes of righteousness on every saved person. We are heirs of God and joint heirs with Jesus Christ. We are sons of God through believing on the name of the Son of God.
The joy of our salvation is found in the answers of our prayers.
“Thou hast given him his heart's desire, and hast not withholden the request of his lips. Selah.” As a child of God, what a privilege is mine that I can come to the Lord with my prayers. Before I got saved, God’s throne was one that demanded justice. After I got saved, it became a throne of mercy that invites me to come with my needs and petitions over and over again. “Let us therefore come boldly unto the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy, and find grace to help in time of need,” Heb. 4:16.
The joy of our salvation is found in the authority of our power.
“Thine hand shall find out all thine enemies: thy right hand shall find out those that hate thee.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. Their fruit shalt thou destroy from the earth, and their seed from among the children of men.” The world, the flesh, and the Devil escalate their attack on us after we get saved. God’s power is the authority by which we can overcome them. We must let God fight for us. “The weapons of our warfare are not carnal, but mighty through God to the pulling down of strongholds.”
The joy of our salvation is found in the ability of our persuasion.
“For the king trusteth in the Lord, and through the mercy of the most High he shall not be moved.” Kings have advisers, armies, and accumulations. Kings can be so egotistical, they trust in no one but themselves. However, David declares his trust and faith were in the Lord! He did not get to where he was at life by his merit and ability. He arrived where he was at by faith in God. From the sheepcotes in the hill of Bethlehem, to the cave of Adullam, to the valleys where the shadow of death lingered, David learned he could trust the Lord with every area of his life.
This morning, let us be like David and rejoice in the salvation of our Lord!
Have a joyful God Morning!
Bible Reading Schedule: Luke 14-16