Believer, God has made you into more than who you were before. David was a young shepherd boy but God made him into a hero and a king. You were a pauper, spiritually indigent, but The Lord has made you a king, a priest, and richly blessed as His heir. David recognized the many facets of his life that had been elevated by his faith and joy in God and he praised Him for it. We can read this Psalm and see that everything David praised God for, we can too. Verse 1 reads,
“O Lord, in your strength the king rejoices,
and in your salvation how greatly he exults!”
It is The Lord’s strength and not our own that saves us, changes us, and keeps us. We are incapable of righteousness without Jesus. We are powerless to do good without The Spirit. We are helpless to have faith without The Father. And so we do not gloat about our virtue, our power, nor our gifts. We boast in Christ, we revel in The Holy Spirit, and we glory in the greatness of The Father. No matter what we did before we were saved, nothing compares to the miracle of our new birth through Jesus. It is all garbage, because Jesus was not glorified. Paul had a lot he could brag about himself. His achievements were truly amazing. But they were nothing compared to God. 1 Corinthians 1:28-31 says,
“God chose what is low and despised in the world, even things that are not, to bring to nothing things that are, 29 so that no human being might boast in the presence of God. 30 And because of him you are in Christ Jesus, who became to us wisdom from God, righteousness and sanctification and redemption, 31 so that, as it is written, “Let the one who boasts, boast in the Lord.”
He doesn’t just save us and leave us. He gives us good things, He is our Abba, our Papa God, The King of kings, and Lord of lords. Our Father in Heaven bestows good things on us. He blesses us. He grants our requests, and He gives us abundant and eternal life. In Matthew 7:7-11 Jesus explains it this way,
“Ask, and it will be given to you; seek, and you will find; knock, and it will be opened to you. 8 For everyone who asks receives, and the one who seeks finds, and to the one who knocks it will be opened. 9 Or which one of you, if his son asks him for bread, will give him a stone? 10 Or if he asks for a fish, will give him a serpent? 11 If you then, who are evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your Father who is in heaven give good things to those who ask him!”
Psalm 20 Verses 2-7 reads,
“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.”
Look at those verses and see the awesomeness of what God grants His beloved children, His bride the church. He made us royal when He placed that crown on our heads. For us this will happen physically when we are in Heaven, to God and so to us it has already happened. His promises are so sure that we can refer to them in past tense, even if like receiving the crowns in Heaven we have not tangibly experienced them. It is the same with eternal life. We asked and God granted us eternity.
In His redemption and our continuous and enduring transformation our lives become a testimony, a living sacrifice that glorifies God. We become His image and His ambassadors. We bring Him glory by exulting and exalting Him. And He lifts us up, He makes us more and more like Him. His Spirit shines out from us. Just as the Father looks at us and sees Jesus righteousness, so should the world look at us and see Jesus. His Holy Spirit is not meant to sit inactive and unmoving within us. He is meant to flow out of us in greatness and goodness.
We are blessed, happy and filled with joy forever, even through the worst because God is always with us, always. We can trust in the Lord. He loves us persistently, consistently, and stalwartly. He is the Most High and in our humble submission to Him, He lifts us up to a relationship with Him.
Although we should remain aware of the enemy who prowls like a hungry lion, we have nothing to fear from him. The Lord God Almighty has triumphed over him. We are in God’s loving shelter. The enemy will pay the price for his hate of us and our Lord. Verses 8-12 describe it like this,
“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.”
Satan, his minions, and his followers, and those who ignorantly follow him will be burned up with the earth when Jesus returns. They will be cast into the eternal fires of Hell because they hated Holy God and His beloved. We are safe. We are triumphant because God will avenge us. Remember though the prisoners of war, held captive by the enemy need The Deliverer, just as we needed Him.
Consider all the Lord has saved you from. He not only saved you from Hell. He delivered you from captivity to freedom. He delivered you from who you used to be to be as He meant you to be, His royal cherished beloved child, His heir. Praise Him as David praised Him. Verse 13 reads,
“Be exalted, O Lord, in your strength!
We will sing and praise your power.”