Psalm 21:7

In the first part of Psalm 21 David is very clear about the greatness of his God and the joy and pleasure he has experienced in loving him. This is a good reminder to us not to forget the joy we have in belonging and putting Jesus first in our lives. This is an area of our lives that we have to be on guard against. You cannot coast along in your Christian experience, there is no middle ground, we are either getting closer or getting further away from our God. Sadly you can grow cold in your relationship with God and not become aware of it because you have allowed other things to dominate the way that you live. As we continue in this Psalm we see a unique way that David deals with his enemies, he does not claim to be under attack but that his enemies are the enemies of God. This is a very challenging thought and something that I have rarely thought about or heard of in my Christian family.

While there is a place to recognise that we do not fight against people but spiritual powers, we must recognise the provision that God has given us in Ephesians 6:10-18. Let us now look at what David declared in Verse 8 Your hand will find all your enemies, your right hand will find those who hate you “. While we know you cannot hide anything from God  David reminds us that God knows who His enemies are, and we know that God is greater than the source of all ungodly behaviour, Satan. While it is true that after sin came into the world through the disobedience of Adam and Eve, However, that power and authority were defeated by Jesus dying and rising again on the cross. Now Satan can only create the illusion of being powerful and we see evidence of this in everyday world events. It is so good to be reminded that God is in control and we know what the final outcome is. While there are many things we have no answer for it does not change the fact that God is all-powerful and cannot be defeated. Over the years  I have seen especially at prayer meetings where certain good misguided people spend most of their time declaring the actions of Satan instead of declaring the greatness of God and the victory of Jesus. In this verse, David declares that the enemy cannot hide from God or surprise Him, we can take great comfort from his fact.

David mentions God’s right hand, in Bible times the right hand was the symbol of complete authority. God’s authority over the earth has not changed and we can relax and take pleasure in this fact. Verse 9 Says: “You shall make them as a fiery oven in the time of your anger, the Lord shall swallow them up in His wrath, and fire shall devour them”. This verse gives us great certainty, this is not a suggestion but a statement of fact that God will destroy His enemies. We should take great comfort from this and learn to see the greatness of our God in our lives and not be persuaded by the ungodly nature of the world. Verse 10 says: “ Their offspring you shall destroy from the earth and their descendants from among the sons of men”.  We should take heart that we will experience a time when we will live in complete freedom from the effects of sinful acts and sinful desires. While at times the world looks bad and evil and seems rampant the Bible encourages us to live Godly lives (2 Peter 3:11). As we reflect on what David has written we take great comfort in knowing that God is in control. And we can see what He is doing in the Church, I am hearing such good reports of God moving in His church worldwide. This is not a time to be fearful but to enjoy the greatness of our Salvation and rest in the fact that God is in control.

                         

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