“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.” (Psalms 21:1-3)
In this Psalm, we see the king who shall be exalted. HE came as a servant to procure salvation for the souls of men, but in the fulness of time, HE shall be exalted to the right hand of the Father as the King of Glory. “Thou hast given him his heart’s desire, and hast not withholden the request of his lips. Selah.”
When we see “Selah” penned in the text, we must pause to give special attention to that which has just been spoken. The words before and after the “Selah” will provide significant truth for the Developing Disciple. Do not hurry on and ignore this signature as it announces a message worthy of our reflection. The prayers of Jesus, who is the king, shall be answered. Each prayer HE offered was an expression of the will of the Father recorded for all to grasp with greater clarity the purposes of God. HIS prayers go before and shall bring about the goodness of God through manifold blessings of grace.
The phrase “For thou preventest him with the blessings of goodness:…” is not to be understood to mean to stop someone from doing a certain thing as we might desire to prevent a fire, or to prevent an accident. But rather this word would mean, to precede him, or to go before him with the blessings of goodness. The blessings of the goodness of God and the riches of HIS grace shall go before the beloved Christ, and, be extended to all those whom HE has prayed for in the High Priestly prayer of John 17. And what did HE pray?
HE prayed that those who would believe would receive eternal life and that they all may know the only true God and be unified by the Holy Spirit. The Holy Spirit would come following the death, burial, and resurrection of the Christ. And with HIS coming, the believers would be sealed unto the day of Redemption secure in the finished work of Jesus Christ. The Holy Spirit would bring gifts to unify and equip the body to manifest the very life of the Son of God to the world that is perishing in darkness. These prayers and more would be answered for the goodness of God shall prepare the way for sinners to come to faith in the Savior.
The “…crown of pure gold on his head.” That shall be set upon HIS head speaks in respect to HIS future exaltation to the right hand of the Father where HE shall be crowned with glory and honor and praise as the King of kings and the LORD of lords.
After this I looked, and, behold, a door was opened in heaven: and the first voice which I heard was as it were of a trumpet talking with me; which said, Come up hither, and I will shew thee things which must be hereafter. 2 And immediately I was in the spirit: and, behold, a throne was set in heaven, and one sat on the throne.” (Revelation 4:1-2) “Thou art worthy, O Lord, to receive glory and honour and power: for thou hast created all things, and for thy pleasure they are and were created.” (Revelation 4:11)
“His eyes were as a flame of fire, and on his head were many crowns; and he had a name written, that no man knew, but he himself. 13 And he was clothed with a vesture dipped in blood: and his name is called The Word of God.” (Revelation 19:12-13) “And he hath on his vesture and on his thigh a name written, KING OF KINGS, AND LORD OF LORDS.” (Revelation 19:16)
The Lord Jesus Christ is coming back to the earth as the King of glory. Either you will come with HIM riding in victory or you shall face HIM with eyes as a flame of fire in judgement. HE has prepared the way for you with HIS goodness. Which will it be? The decision is yours today.