3/17/08 Devotional – Psalm 21 “God is pulling back the bow on His enemies”

Posted: March 17, 2008 by Rick Hogaboam in Biblical Studies, Devotional, Psalms
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Psa 21:1-13  To the choirmaster. A Psalm of David. O LORD, in your strength the king rejoices, and in your salvation how greatly he exults!  (2)  You have given him his heart’s desire and have not withheld the request of his lips. Selah  (3)  For you meet him with rich blessings; you set a crown of fine gold upon his head.  (4)  He asked life of you; you gave it to him, length of days forever and ever.  (5)  His glory is great through your salvation; splendor and majesty you bestow on him.  (6)  For you make him most blessed forever; you make him glad with the joy of your presence.  (7)  For the king trusts in the LORD, and through the steadfast love of the Most High he shall not be moved.  (8)  Your hand will find out all your enemies; your right hand will find out those who hate you.  (9)  You will make them as a blazing oven when you appear. The LORD will swallow them up in his wrath, and fire will consume them.  (10)  You will destroy their descendants from the earth, and their offspring from among the children of man.  (11)  Though they plan evil against you, though they devise mischief, they will not succeed.  (12)  For you will put them to flight; you will aim at their faces with your bows.  (13)  Be exalted, O LORD, in your strength! We will sing and praise your power.

This is a psalm of celebration over God’s goodness to His anointed king. God works on behalf of His own against all enemies. The language used of what God will do with His enemies is vivid:

“You will make them as a blazing oven when you appear…”, “swallow them up…”, “…fire will consume them…”, “You will destroy their descendants…”, “…you will pout them to flight…”, and lastly, “…you will aim at their faces with your bows”.

That is downright scary. The thought of the all-powerful God aiming at our face with a bow is not a position I want to be in. The thought that God is pulling back the bow more and more over His enemies is not something I want to see. The good news is that God is not willing that any perish in such a way. Jesus will not turn away anyone who calls upon His name in faith. In Jesus, we are no longer under the wrath of God. It is the “steadfast love of the Most High” that will cause us to “sing and praise” His power.

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