329 – Psalm 21 – An Introduction

There is every effort today to silence the Christian voice. Most people do not want to hear about God and His standards. They want to be left alone to do whatever they want to do. To be held accountable to God and His word is too restrictive and even oppressive. There is intense pressure to silence the church. Unfortunately, much of the church has buckled under the pressure and hasn’t much to say outside the four walls of the building. Unfortunately, the church of today has largely withdrawn its influence from society. The results are catastrophic. 

For example, without the understanding that we were made in the image of God (Genesis 1:26) and that each person is “fearfully and wonderfully made” (Psalm 139:14) the lie that you might have been born the wrong gender gains a foothold. People have sex changes because they have decided their birth gender is wrong. This is nothing short of insulting the very God who lovingly gave them life designing them to His specifications. 

The church has largely withdrawn her voice choosing instead to “co-exist” with those possessing differing beliefs. One of the most widespread ways in which the church has silenced itself is quite subtle and quite prolific. It has been done through the persistent practice of pigeonholing one’s life. What do I mean by that? We have two boxes that neatly divide our lives. One box is our “church” life, and the other is our “secular” life. We live our church life in front of those we attend church with, but then come Monday morning we live out of our “secular” box so that we can exist in harmony with those with whom we must get along in order to carve our a living. This is not what YHWH intends for His people.

Examining the life of David we can easily conclude this was a foreign concept to this ancient king. Look at how he begins Psalm 21.

Psalm 21:1-2 (NKJV)

     21:title       To the Chief Musician. A Psalm of David.

           1       The king shall have joy in Your strength, O [YHWH];

    And in Your salvation how greatly shall he rejoice!

           2       You have given him his heart’s desire,

    And have not withheld the request of his lips.

As he talks with YHWH, David is referring to himself in the third person. He says he will experience joy in YHWH’s strength, and in YHWH’s salvation he won’t just rejoice but he will “greatly rejoice”! Salvation as referenced here is not talking about eternal salvation. How can we be sure? Well, context, context, context of course. Later in the Psalm David talks about the “enemy’s plot”, which is clear evidence that “salvation” is a natural not eternal rescue in this case.

Verse two hits me like a knockout pugilist!  David declares that YHWH has “given him his heart’s desire”. Why did YHWH do that? Just because David wants it? YHWH just knew what David wanted and gave it to him? No. Look at the second half of verse two. David has been successful in prayer. This is a good place to pause less we reach the wrong-headed conclusion that YHWH is a genie in a bottle and if you rub the lamp just so He will always pop out and give you the desires of your heart.

Remember that David also wrote Psalm 37. Consider the first five verses.

Psalm 37:1-5 (NKJV)

     37:title       A Psalm of David.

           1       Do not fret because of evildoers,

    Nor be envious of the workers of iniquity.

           2       For they shall soon be cut down like the grass,

    And wither as the green herb.

           3       Trust in [YHWH], and do good;

    Dwell in the land, and feed on His faithfulness.

           4       Delight yourself also in [YHWH],

    And He shall give you the desires of your heart.

           5       Commit your way to [YHWH],

    Trust also in Him,

    And He shall bring it to pass.

Do you want YHWH to give you the desires of your heart? Are you willing to submit to His will and His way? Do you Trust in, Delight yourself in, and Commit your ways to YHWH? King David did and just like he said in Psalm 21:2 and Psalm 37:4 YHWH gave him the desires of his heart.

Does it sound to you like David drew back from the constant pressure of the world to be silent? No! He proclaimed the Name of YHWH and His goodness every chance he got. He wrote it down as songs to be sung by the Nation of Israel. These songs are forever preserved in YHWH’s Holy Word.

Will it cost you to speak up for YHWH, to submit fully to Him? Probably. Did it cost David? Of course, look at the conflict with which he was constantly bombarded. But ask yourself, “Is the price paid worth receiving the desires of your heart from the hand of YHWH”? How could anyone say no?

YHWH truly is worthy of all Praise, Worship, Adoration, Obedience, and Service! 

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