For the director of music. A psalm of David.
1 The king rejoices in your strength, Lord.
How great is his joy in the victories you give!
2 You have granted him his heart’s desire
and have not withheld the request of his lips.[b]
3 You came to greet him with rich blessings
and placed a crown of pure gold on his head.
4 He asked you for life, and you gave it to him—
length of days, forever and ever.
5 Through the victories you gave, his glory is great;
you have bestowed on him splendor and majesty.
6 Surely you have granted him unending blessings
and made him glad with the joy of your presence.
7 For the king trusts in the Lord;
through the unfailing love of the Most High
he will not be shaken.
8 Your hand will lay hold on all your enemies;
your right hand will seize your foes.
9 When you appear for battle,
you will burn them up as in a blazing furnace.
The Lord will swallow them up in his wrath,
and his fire will consume them.
10 You will destroy their descendants from the earth,
their posterity from mankind.
11 Though they plot evil against you
and devise wicked schemes, they cannot succeed.
12 You will make them turn their backs
when you aim at them with drawn bow.
13 Be exalted in your strength, Lord;
we will sing and praise your might.
This is a psalm of thanksgiving and exaltation to the mighty God who gives victory to His anointed and brings wrath to the wicked.
The writer of this psalm, David showed the two facets of God’s omnipotence, one which is the source of all good things and the other as the source of immeasurable wrath.
The Lord dealt with David bountifully and as he pondered upon the Lord’s works in his life, he cannot help but be amazed. David’s life began humbly as a shepherd who was challenged to fight the giant Goliath, might be that during those times, his heart’s desire was to beat Goliath so that he could peacefully go back in tendering his flock. But as he emerged victorious in his first battle, the Lord had already set more blessings for him and eventually led him to bigger battles won as the king of Israel.
David revealed in verse 4, his assurance of eternal life which is promised only to the children of God.
As David rules Israel, he was not just king but a victorious one, greater among all the kings in his time, his victories were made known to every land; he was an envy of all other kings. (v5)
But above all other blessings, David’s gladness was in possessing the joy in the presence of His King. (v6)
Despite his so- called accomplishments as king and position being the man after God’s own heart, David admitted that his trust lies only in the unfailing love of the Most High God. (v7)
Thus, with gladness he acknowledges the omnipotence of God, being the source of all his victories in this life and even in the life to come. (v1)
Meanwhile, the other side of God’s omnipotence only intensified the blessedness of those who are favored by God because, for those who are enemies with Him, his omnipotence is a curse.
For though the wicked freely roams and seems to get away with their wrongdoings for now, it was revealed in this psalm that victory is God’s at the end.
The wicked will be seized by the great hand of God and in His presence they will be consumed with blazing fire and all His wrath will be upon them, they will be destroyed for all eternity for they have done evil against the Lord. In his omnipotence they will not equal in His might, eternal damnation is surely for them.
Now, where do you stand on the omnipotence of God? Are you rejoicing over it or are you grieving?
If you are like David rejoicing over God’s might, all the more we should be humbled before our Holy God because we have done nothing to deserve such favor.
We were his enemies, sinful creatures, lover of the flesh and children of darkness. We were deserving of his wrath, for despite his many blessings, as our Creator, we did not seek Him, we pushed aside with our weak hands His strong and loving arms. Yet, by His grace through faith we have been saved.
He has given as ransom His beloved Son Jesus Christ to take our place, in Him the wrath of God was poured out. He was crucified like a shameless criminal although He never sinned to pay for our numerous and heinous sins. He gave us the victory over our toughest battle with sin.
With His power, He overcame death to secure a place in the presence of God for those who will believe and follow him. Praise God that even the faith to believe in Him and the will to follow Him were given by God.
Only through the blood of Jesus Christ that we are able to rejoice with David on the omnipotence of God, our God!
His mighty hand condemns us no more but instead embraces us and shields us from the evil one. He richly blessed us with life eternal and one day he would meet us and crown us in our glorified bodies, with unending blessings and joy eternal in His presence.
Let us then exalt God’s strength and sing and praise His might!