Daily Devotional Saturday 9th October

by William Moody

Psalms 20–21

Trust in the Name of the Lord Our God

To the choirmaster. A Psalm of David.

20:1   May the LORD answer you in the day of trouble!
    May the name of the God of Jacob protect you!
  May he send you help from the sanctuary
    and give you support from Zion!
  May he remember all your offerings
    and regard with favor your burnt sacrifices! Selah
  May he grant you your heart’s desire
    and fulfill all your plans!
  May we shout for joy over your salvation,
    and in the name of our God set up our banners!
  May the LORD fulfill all your petitions!
  Now I know that the LORD saves his anointed;
    he will answer him from his holy heaven
    with the saving might of his right hand.
  Some trust in chariots and some in horses,
    but we trust in the name of the LORD our God.
  They collapse and fall,
    but we rise and stand upright.
  O LORD, save the king!
    May he answer us when we call.

The King Rejoices in the Lord’s Strength

To the choirmaster. A Psalm of David.

21:1   O LORD, in your strength the king rejoices,
    and in your salvation how greatly he exults!
  You have given him his heart’s desire
    and have not withheld the request of his lips. Selah
  For you meet him with rich blessings;
    you set a crown of fine gold upon his head.
  He asked life of you; you gave it to him,
    length of days forever and ever.
  His glory is great through your salvation;
    splendor and majesty you bestow on him.
  For you make him most blessed forever;1
    you make him glad with the joy of your presence.
  For the king trusts in the LORD,
    and through the steadfast love of the Most High he shall not be moved.
  Your hand will find out all your enemies;
    your right hand will find out those who hate you.
  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.


[1] 21:6 Or make him a source of blessing forever


Both of these Psalms are about praying for the King. In Psalm 21 we see:-

  1. The King’s Joy in the Lord’s strength (v1) – David is not only trusting in the Lord, he is thrilled at who God is. Are you excited about God and His love?
  2. God’s Gift’s to His King (v2-6) – there is a sense of amazement at how good God has been to him. The believers’ greatest fulfilment will be in heaven, but even here on earth believers receive so much goodness from God.
    The King received so much honour, but the wonderful thing that all believers will receive such honour in heaven as they reign in glory.
  3. The King’s Response (v7) – God’s goodness leads to faith in God. The more we become aware of greatness, the more faith should grow.
  4. The Judgment of the King’s Enemies (v8-12) – those who resist God and His people in the end will face terrible consequences. God is in control and the schemes of the wicked will in the end come to nothing.
  5. The People’s Joy in the Lord’s Strength (v13) – we started the Psalm with the King’s joy (v1) and we end with the people’s joy (v13). Good leadership should direct others to glorify and enjoy God.

Do you help people that you have influence over to rejoice in God and rely on Him alone?

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