“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)
The prophetic portrait of the Messiah in HIS sufferings in Psalm 20 gives way to the Christ triumphing as the coming King in Psalm 21. “The king shall joy in thy strength, O LORD;…” Jesus, fully God and fully man, gained HIS strength as the Son of God from the Omnipotent LORD. Jehovah is the LORD and Jesus the Messiah looks to HIM for HIS strength to endure the challenges that lie before HIM.
Oh, beloved friend, let us follow the example of our Lord and KING, and trust in the LORD, Jehovah God, to provide us with the strength for our faith journey which is too great to go alone. We need HIM. We need the brethren. The Son of God was sent to the earth to reveal the Father to the souls of men. The DESTROYERS, the principalities, and powers of darkness, sought the Christ-child from HIS birth. They pursued HIM all the days of HIS life to stop HIM from HIS mission. What dastardly deeds they devise to stop HIM. The Redemption of mankind is HIS mission, the salvation of souls and the glory of God is HIS desire. And where shall the Messiah find HIS source of blessing? “The king shall joy in thy strength, O LORD;…”
“…and in thy salvation how greatly shall he rejoice!”
The King, the Lord Jesus Christ, has abounded with success in HIS mission to accomplish the Redemption of mankind “…for the joy of the LORD is your strength.” (Nehemiah 8:10)
And NOW, HE greatly rejoices. For HE sees, the weary wounded warrior whose life is slipping away, and he cries out for mercy and mercy is found. HE sees, the single mom with no food or money for her children and she has no strength or hope, but then the gospel of grace pierces her soul and she cries to the Father: “be merciful to me a sinner” and grace is found. HE sees the addict, the drunkard, the slave to sin whose life has become unbearable from the consequences of sin, and he simply prays: “Oh God forgive me.” And he is instantly forgiven and brought into the family of God. The lamb of God who is the King of glory was slain from the foundation of the world and HE rejoices GREATLY in this SO GREAT SALVATION that is provided for the sons of Adam and the daughters of Eve.
“2 Thou hast given him his heart’s desire, and hast not withholden the request of his lips.” This too is a prophetic answer to prayer from Psalm 2. “I will declare the decree: the LORD hath said unto me, Thou art my Son; this day have I begotten thee. 8 Ask of me, and I shall give thee the heathen for thine inheritance, and the uttermost parts of the earth for thy possession.” (Psalms 2:7-8)
The Son greatly rejoices in the Father’s strength and the Father’s answer to HIS prayers. Beloved friend, we are IN CHRIST, and we have riches of HIS grace available to our lives. God will strengthen HIS children and God will answer our prayers. Do we rejoice greatly in HIS provision? Will we trust HIM in all things? This is our faith.