330 – Psalm 21 – Relationship
We covered verses one and two of Psalm twenty-one last time, but I think we need to view them in the interest of context. I’d like to say let’s review, but the comments I want to make are new ones about these introductory verses.
Psalm 21:1 (NKJV)
1 The king shall have joy in Your strength, O LORD;
And in Your salvation how greatly shall he rejoice!
In verse one David declares he will “have joy” in YHWH’s strength. He further declares he will “greatly rejoice” in YHWH’s salvation. The next several verses detail the evidence for why this ancient earthly king is so grateful to YHWH. Let’s look at a few of the reasons he offers.
I don’t think it would be inaccurate to consider verse two an introduction to the various blessings David experienced at YHWH’s hand. As a matter of fact, I kind of view verse two as a summary statement placed before the detail it summarizes.
Psalm 21:2 (NKJV)
2 You have given him his heart’s desire,
And have not withheld the request of his lips.
David tells YHWH he recognizes that He “has given” and “not withheld”. This would be an appropriate place to ask the Psalmist, “What things David”, and he would respond starting in verse three.
Psalm 21:3 (NKJV)
3 For You meet him with the blessings of goodness;
You set a crown of pure gold upon his head.
I’m sure you’ve experienced reading right over certain passages or phrases in the word of God without so much as a glance backward. It’s like the husband who cluelessly backed over his wife’s roses leaving the driveway. He didn’t even know he did it until his workday was done and he was re-entering the driveway. Verse three is like that for me. I almost missed something critical to our understanding of this wonderful prayer. We dare not gloss over this powerful little truth. The phrase I’m talking about is, “For You [YHWH] meet him with…”
Let me put it in this context. Let’s say you agreed with your boss at work to meet. You’ve scheduled a meeting. You have things you want to ask your boss for, things you need. Your boss anticipated your needs and came with a briefcase full of “blessings of goodness”! Read verse three again. Do you see it? “For You [YHWH] meet him”, indicates David is on his way to meet with YHWH and YHWH is on His way to meet David. Is it possible we often do not receive good things from God because we don’t meet with Him? How would we receive His blessings if we are never in His presence?
I don’t want to belabor the point, but look at the second half of the verse. David does not tell us YHWH tossed this golden crown down from heaven, David picked it up and put it on his own head. No. YHWH placed this crown upon David’s head. How could He do that unless they were in the same location?
This would be a good place for the astute Bible student to offer a challenge. This is likely metaphorical language. It is doubtful that YHWH physically placed a real golden crown upon David’s head. I am inclined to agree, however, don’t miss the glorious truth YHWH is offering in this verse. Placing the golden crown upon David’s head likely speaks of YHWH’s undiluted will that David be king. This verse is evidence that David understands YHWH’s will because he is in sustained fellowship with the true Sovereign of the Universe.
As an aside, you may have noticed I very intentionally said “YHWH’s undiluted will” instead of saying “YHWH’s perfect will”. This is because I bristle at the concept there is God’s perfect will and then there is His permissive will. The idea of YHWH’s permissive will is used to communicate something like “YHWH wanted me to do this thing, which I didn’t do. I’m doing this other thing instead and He is allowing it, so I’m in his permissive will”. Saying you are living in God’s permissive will is nothing short of blaming God for your disobedience. YHWH does not issue an imperative and then gives a second option. You don’t want to do what I told you to do? Ok, I’ll permit this other thing instead. YHWH doesn’t have two wills, one perfect and one permissive. He is a perfect God with a perfect will. When His will is violated it is dealt with in His plan.
Think of how foolish the notion really is when considering redemption. God the Father sent God the Son to the cross so that through God the Holy Spirit you can be saved. But if you don’t like that plan here’s my permissive will…you can do this other thing and still be saved. No. Our God is a consuming fire, not a lukewarm heating pad!
John 14:6 (NKJV)
6 Jesus said to him, “I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through Me.
No wiggle room in the above verse! I love YHWH and His word. I know I fall short and far too often live in disobedience. YHWH has made provision for His wayward children in the person and work of Jesus the Christ. Repentance and restoration are made possible to the believer through the work of the cross.
If you are not a believer, accept God’s free gift by faith. If you are a believer but living outside God’s will, repent and allow Him to cleanse you and restore you back into fellowship with him.
YHWH is Good.