“Now know I that the LORD saveth his anointed; he will hear him from his holy heaven with the saving strength of his right hand.” (Psalms 20:6)
The very first phrase of this text carries great significance to the Developing Disciple. “Now know I that the LORD saveth…” The newborn babe IN CHRIST knows but a few things of the Word of God and of the Spirit. The first thing we know is that the LORD saveth. There was a season in which the Spirit of God began to illuminate truth to the soul and conviction was found. The soul under conviction by the Spirit of God cried out to the Father: “LORD have mercy upon me!” Or, as in my own case: “Oh, God forgive me.” From this simple prayer the God of heaven, OUR FATHER WHICH ART IN HEAVEN, and HIS forgiveness are known. The Spirit of God bears witness with our spirit that we are the sons of God and we are forgiven. These are the first things that WE KNOW. We can say with David: “Now I know…”
But Psalm 20 as do many other Psalms provide a prophetic foreshadowing of things to come. In verses 1-5, the people and priests offer prayers and sacrifices for King David in preparation for the battle. But with verse 6, a not so obscure vision of the future is presented. God’s anointed, the Messiah, who shall be at war with the powers of darkness cries out for help from his hour of trouble.
The day of his trouble may have begun the night King Herod ordered the male babies from two years old and under to be slain. The hour of his trouble continued to move ahead after 40 days of prayer and fasting, Satan came to Jesus to tempt him. But with each temptation Jesus spoke forth the word of God and slew the accuser of the brethren with the Sword of the Spirit. HE prayed in the garden and great sweat drops of blood poured forth from his brow, his disciples forsook him, and the soldiers beat him. It was a night much to be remembered as they nailed the innocent lamb of God to the cruel cross of Calvary. “The LORD hear thee in the day of trouble;…” When Jesus was upon the cross, bearing the sin of the world, HE prayed: “My God, my God, why hast thou forsaken me?” And with that prayer, HE died, was buried, and three days later the right hand of God raised HIS mortal flesh from the grave: “He AROSE!”
“Now know I that the LORD saveth his anointed; he will hear him from his holy heaven with the saving strength of his right hand.”
The LORD, Jehovah, the Sovereign, Omnipotent, GOD who reigns in the affairs of men heard the cry of the Son of God and the Redemption of Mankind was secured. With Redemption secured, the Redeemed are IN CHRIST and have access to the throne room of God. IN TIME, we are challenged to “…come boldly unto the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy, and find grace to help in time of need.” (Hebrews 4:16) God the Father shall hear our prayers and shall answer with the strength of HIS own right hand. In eternity we shall join that heavenly chorus and “…fall down before him that sat upon the throne, and worship him that liveth for ever and ever, and cast their crowns before the throne, saying, 11 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 4:10-11)
So, what do we KNOW of God, of HIS Word, by HIS Spirit, now alive in our soul? The adventure begins today and there is no fear for we are secure IN HIM! This is our faith.