DayBreaks for 1/7/16: You Have Granted His Request
Galen is out of the country. While he is gone, you will be receiving DayBreaks from the DayBreaks archive from January, 2006.
Ps 21:4-7 (NLT) – He asked you to preserve his life, and you have granted his request. The days of his life stretch on forever. Your victory brings him great honor, and you have clothed him with splendor and majesty. You have endowed him with eternal blessings. You have given him the joy of being in your presence. For the king trusts in the LORD. The unfailing love of the Most High will keep him from stumbling.
Christmas is over, the presents (the ones that aren’t broken or eaten already!) have found their place on the shelves or in the closets and toy boxes of the little ones. Hopefully, if there was something you really wanted, someone was able to give it to you. If so, did you enjoy it as much as you thought you would? Is the luster beginning to fade from the gift already?
In Psalm 21, David is talking to God about how God has dealt with him (the king.) There are several things that are very noteworthy in this passage:
FIRST: the king asked for God to preserve his life – and he was not given what he requested – but much, much more. Rather than just preserving his life in the there-and-then, God has caused the days of his life to “stretch on forever.” While David was probably seeking deliverance from some particular adversary, God gave him a life without end!
SECOND: David found that the joy in his life came not from the things that God gave to him, but from being in God’s presence. We so often get confused thinking that gifts, presents, things – if you please, give us joy, but David found that real joy came not from presents but from the Presence.
THIRD: – unfailing love is so important – when all else fails us, if we know we are loved, we can still find peace and rest and we know that ultimately, all is well. Love is the most important thing, and nothing is better than knowing – even in the middle of all my sin and failures and foolishness – that God’s love us “unfailing” and that it will keep us from the ultimate fall.
We often think we know what we want and what will make us happy. It would appear from this passage that we don’t ask God for enough, for whatever we can think of to request, He’s anticipated it long in advance and has something far better and greater for us. We may pray for length of days, but He gives us forever and ever. We want Joy and God gives us Jesus’ own Presence – and that is far better than any joy we could have anticipated! And, when all else fails, His love and Presence persist and we can say with great confidence: “It is well with my soul.”
TODAY’S PRAYER: Lord, we pray so foolishly sometimes, praying for things that we want or have tried to convince ourselves that we need, as if we could dictate to You what is best. Help us to have big faith and to look to You to make those things – and even more – become reality. Help us to realize that we are like little children who really don’t know what is best for us and that we need to trust in You to actually do what is right for us in Your great wisdom. All glory to You now and forever! In Jesus’ name, Amen.
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