July 3rd Psalm 21
A Psalm of David
Praise for Victory
1: The king shall joy in thy strength, O LORD; and in thy salvation how greatly shall he rejoice! 2: Thou hast given him his heart's desire, and hast not withholden the request of his lips. Selah. 3: For thou preventest him with the blessings of goodness: thou settest a crown of pure gold on his head. 4: He asked life of thee, and thou gavest it him, even length of days for ever and ever. 5: His glory is great in thy salvation: honour and majesty hast thou laid upon him. 6: For thou hast made him most blessed for ever: thou hast made him exceeding glad with thy countenance. 7: For the king trusteth in the LORD, and through the mercy of the most High he shall not be moved. 8: Thine hand shall find out all thine enemies: thy right hand shall find out those that hate thee. 9: Thou shalt make them as a fiery oven in the time of thine anger: the LORD shall swallow them up in his wrath, and the fire shall devour them. 10: Their fruit shalt thou destroy from the earth, and their seed from among the children of men. 11: For they intended evil against thee: they imagined a mischievous device, which they are not able to perform. 12: Therefore shalt thou make them turn their back, when thou shalt make ready thine arrows upon thy strings against the face of them. 13: Be thou exalted, LORD, in thine own strength: so will we sing and praise thy power.
To the chief musician upon Aijeleth Shahar,
A Psalm of David
Anguish and Praise
1: My God, my God, why hast thou forsaken me? why art thou so far from helping me, and from the words of my roaring? 2: O my God, I cry in the daytime, but thou hearest not; and in the night season, and am not silent. 3: But thou art holy, O thou that inhabitest the praises of Israel. 4: Our fathers trusted in thee: they trusted, and thou didst deliver them. 5: They cried unto thee, and were delivered: they trusted in thee, and were not confounded. 6: But I am a worm, and no man; a reproach of men, and despised of the people. 7: All they that see me laugh me to scorn: they shoot out the lip, they shake the head saying, 8: He trusted on the LORD that he would deliver him: let him deliver him, seeing he delighted in him. 9: But thou art he that took me out of the womb: thou didst make me hope when I was upon my mother's breasts. 10: I was cast upon thee from the womb: thou art my God from my mother's belly. 11: Be not far from me; for trouble is near; for there is none to help. 12: Many bulls have compassed me: strong bulls of Bashan have beset me round. 13: They gaped upon me with their mouths, as a ravening and a roaring lion. 14: I am poured out like water, and all my bones are out of joint: my heart is like wax; it is melted in the midst of my bowels. 15: My strength is dried up like a potsherd; and my tongue cleaveth to my jaws; and thou hast brought me into the dust of death. 16: For dogs have compassed me: the assembly of the wicked have inclosed me: they pierced my hands and my feet. 17: I may tell all my bones: they look and stare upon me. 18: They part my garments among them, and cast lots upon my vesture. 19: But be not thou far from me, O LORD: O my strength, haste thee to help me. 20: Deliver my soul from the sword; my darling from the power of the dog. 21: Save me from the lion's mouth: for thou hast heard me from the horns of the unicorns. 22: I will declare thy name unto my brethren: in the midst of the congregation will I praise thee. 23: Ye that fear the LORD, praise him; all ye the seed of Jacob, glorify him; and fear him, all ye the seed of Israel. 24: For he hath not despised nor abhorred the affliction of the afflicted; neither hath he hid his face from him; but when he cried unto him, he heard. 25: My praise shall be of thee in the great congregation: I will pay my vows before them that fear him. 26: The meek shall eat and be satisfied: they shall praise the LORD that seek him: your heart shall live for ever. 27: All the ends of the world shall remember and turn unto the LORD: and all the kindreds of the nations shall worship before thee. 28: For the kingdom is the LORD's: and he is the governor among the nations. 29: All they that be fat upon earth shall eat and worship: all they that go down to the dust shall bow before him: and none can keep alive his own soul. 30: A seed shall serve him; it shall be accounted to the Lord for a generation. 31: They shall come, and shall declare his righteousness unto a people that shall be born, that he hath done this.
Today we come to two more Psalms of David, 21 & 22. The first Psalm No 21 speaks of the joy of living in the presence of the Lords blessing. He says you have given me all that l could possibly wish for. And therefore he will rejoice in the salvation of the Lord. He says you have encouraged me with all your blessings of goodness. He asked that you would spare his life and you gave him a long life. You have blessed him for ever and made his exceedingly happy. My enemies you will completely destroy. Even their children will be totally destroyed, because they seek revenge against me. The next Psalm No 22 is a Messianic Psalm, because although it records the feelings of distress of David yet it also points forward to the feelings and experiences of the Messiah – Christ. He begins with the words that Christ uttered on the cross, My God my God why have you forsaken me? He adds why are you so far away from helping me? I cry to you in the day and in the night. He reminds the LORD that he is holy and that he is the object of Israel’s worship. He says our fathers trusted in you and you delivered them. They called and you answered. But who am l? I am like a worm and not a man. I am despised of all the people. They laugh at me. They say he trusted in God so let’s watch to see if he will deliver him. But you took me out of the womb and you gave me hope when l fed me on my mother. I belonged to you from my mother’s belly. So therefore do not be far from me because trouble is near and l can turn to no one else. They surround me like a herd of wild bulls. They snarl at me like hungry lions. And l am poured out like water. All my bones are out of joint and my mind is melted like wax by a fire. My strength is dried up like a clay pot and my tongue sticks to the roof of my mouth. You have humbled me into the dust of the grave. The wild dogs surround me and the congregation of the wicked enclose me around. (This is where David describes something of the crucifixion of Christ) He says they pierce my hands and my feet and l can see all my bones. They look and stare at me. They divide my garments and for my tunic, they throw dice for it. Do not be far away from me. O LORD my strength. Come quickly to help me. Deliver my soul. Save me from the lion’s mouth. If you save me then l will tell my brethren of your name. And in the middle of the congregation l will praise you. Then David calls on the righteous to praise the name of the Lord and to fear him, because he is a God that does not despise the suffering of the afflicted. Nor will he hide his face and when he cries to the Lord the Lord will hear him. David knew his God very well. David says I will praise you in the great congregation of Israel. I will pay my vows in front of those who fear the Lord. The meek will eat and be satisfied and they will praise the LORD those of you that seek him. And your heart will live forever. Then we have a prophetic part in which David looks far into the kingdom, he says, all the ends of the earth shall remember and turn to the LORD and all peoples of all the nations shall worship before you. In that day the kingdom will belong to the LORD and he will be the governor of all the nations. All the people of the earth will be fat from the blessing of the Lord and they will eat and worship the Lord. And all those that die in that day will die in submission to the Lord none of them will be able to prevent themselves from coming under the judgment of the Lord. A whole generation of men will serve the Lord. They will come to see the Messiah and declare the righteousness of the Lord to those that are their children.