The king rejoices in your strength, Lord. How great is his joy in the victories you give!
~Psalm 21:1, NIV
The Bible is our hymn book, it is all about HIM [Jesus].
I suppose that I have understood that David was a type of Christ but on this read it is becoming more and more obvious. Either David is really high on himself, even delusional or he is talking about Jesus. Psalm 21 is filled with flattering hyperbole’s that are not completely true of David but they are true of Christ. Study this list of accolades…How great is his joy in the victories you give–You have granted him his heart’s desire and have not withheld the request of his lips—He asked you for life, and you gave it to him—length of days, for ever and ever—Through the victories you gave, his glory is great; you have bestowed on him splendor and majesty—Surely you have granted him unending blessings and made him glad with the joy of your presence. Davids soldiers enjoyed the benefits of his earthy triumphs but you and I would be left out had it not been for Christ. In HIM, the true KING, we have victory unto victory, we have intimacy with God and we have the assurance that the final triumph will be ours. In Christ and Christ alone, we live forever and ever. Did David experience the joy of victory, the joy of intimacy with God? Yes, he did but there is a greater joy and a greater intimacy with Christ. I am sure that splendor, majesty and glory are befitting adjectives for the king of Israel but how much more fitting are they for Christ. I don’t know David’s heart; I don’t know what he was thinking when he wrote these hymns and prayers. Perhaps he was referring to himself but the Holy Spirit was guiding his hand and his heart. The man was a prophet!
If you are a doubter, let me give you an example: In Psalms 16 David said of himself, Therefore my heart is glad and my tongue rejoices; my body also will rest secure, because you will not abandon me to the realm of the dead, nor will you let your faithful one see decay. Now look at Peter’s commentary in Acts 2, “Fellow Israelites, I can tell you confidently that the patriarch David died and was buried, and his tomb is here to this day. But he was a prophet and knew that God had promised him on oath that he would place one of his descendants on his throne. Seeing what was to come, he spoke of the resurrection of the Messiah, that he was not abandoned to the realm of the dead, nor did his body see decay. God has raised this Jesus to life, and we are all witnesses of it. In Acts 13, Paul uses Psalm 16 to verify the resurrection of Christ: Paul said, “We tell you the good news: What God promised our ancestors he has fulfilled for us, their children, by raising up Jesus. As it is written in the second Psalm: “‘You are my son; today I have become your father.’ God raised him from the dead so that he will never be subject to decay. As God has said, “‘I will give you the holy and sure blessings promised to David.’” So it is also stated elsewhere: “‘You will not let your holy one see decay.’ “Now when David had served God’s purpose in his own generation, he fell asleep; he was buried with his ancestors and his body decayed. But the one whom God raised from the dead did not see decay.
I rest my case, the Psalms are about Jesus: He is in everyone. If you don’t see HIM, you have missed the point.
We are going to attempt to tie up some lose ends today and we need prayer. We begin the JBS at Sardis Springs Sunday night and we are not prepared. We must carve out some time for study. Have a great day and week. Thanks for reading the blog.