332 – Psalm 22 – Life Giver
As I was preparing to write today I realized that In a real sense, it’s as if we are reading the personal diary of King David when we read the Psalms he authored. How do you think you would feel if you’d written out your prayers to YHWH God, expressing your failures, and deepest fears in a journal, and then God announced, “Give that to the chief musician so he can set it to music. I want the whole nation to sing your prayers to me as a form of worship.”
Yes, David was a great King, but we must remember he was a man with his own sinful ways, shortcomings, and fears. You and I get to benefit regularly from his vulnerability when we study what he wrote about his interactions with YHWH. The most basic analysis I could offer of Psalm twenty-one is David is engaged in intimate prayer to YHWH and we are privileged to listen in.
Think about this. Most, if not all political leaders do their best to hide their vulnerabilities. They must adopt a persona of great skill and confidence. They certainly are not willing to expose their weaknesses to the general public lest they be seen as powerless to affect necessary change. Yet David did not hide, on the contrary, he confessed to YHWH regularly his need for Him. I think YHWH’s strength through David’s weakness not only makes the Biblical text interesting to read, it also demonstrates the heart of God. He wants us to fully submit both our strengths and weaknesses to Him so He can use us the way He sees fit.
If you are waiting to feel adequate before serving YHWH you may never actually do a thing for Him. Bring all of who you are and lay it at the feet of Jesus and let Him decide what to do with you. Sometimes pithy sayings get repeated way too often. For example, Stop calling God your “co-pilot”! Get out of the proverbial cockpit, go sit in the back of the plane, and let the Holy Spirit determine the course of your life.
You may think I’m oversimplifying the issue, but I believe there are only three things that make a believer in Jesus ineffective. Firstly, they don’t know their Bibles because they don’t spend time studying them. Secondly, the ineffective believer does not spend a significant amount of time in prayer, and thirdly, they don’t obey YHWH nor apply the truths in the Bible to their own lives. It always amazes me how much money Christians spend on the next “self-help” book by famous authors. It seems so much easier the read someone else’s opinion of how to “fix me” than it is to do the work to spend time in the Word and prayer. Don’t get me wrong, sometimes we need a little extra help, but we should be in the Word, praying, and fellowshipping with other like-minded believers.
Let’s take a peek at the next verse in Psalm twenty-one.
Psalm 21:4 (NKJV)
4 He asked life from You, and You gave it to him—
Length of days forever and ever.
David speaks of himself in the first person. He recounts to YHWH that he, “… asked Life from You”. I find that prayer absolutely fascinating! Why did David ask for life? The context seems to suggest his enemies (he calls them YHWH’s enemies) were a threat to his life. Whatever the reason, the King is certainly asking the right person for life! After all, the meaning of YHWH’s name includes the idea that He is the one who has life within Himself. YHWH demonstrated his ability to “give life” in the creation account. Look at Genesis 2:7.
(NKJV) And [YHWH] God formed man of the dust of the ground, and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life; and man became a living being.
YHWH God gives life, He can sustain life, and He provides eternal life through faith in Jesus. It is my sincerest prayer for you that you will fully submit to Him. Lean on Him. Learn from Him. Serve Him.
YHWH truly is worthy of Praise, Worship, Adoration, Obedience, and Service!