Monday, August 19, 2013

on the far side

It's almost like Psalms 22 and 21 were written out of order.  Psalm 22 quotes Jesus' last words as He suffered on the Cross.  Psalm 21 seems to show Him beyond the Cross and past the resurrection and even beyond the ascension back to glory.

Psalm 21:
You welcomed him back with success and prosperity.
    You placed a crown of finest gold on his head.
He asked you to preserve his life,
    and you 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.

[His earthly mission successfully accomplished, the Son is met by the Father and He receives His crown.  His life has been preserved through suffering and His days will stretch on forever.]

Psalm 21:
You have endowed him with eternal blessings
    and given him the joy of your presence.

[No short term earthly success can compare with the blessings that stretch without end in the company and in the presence of the wonderful God of all.]

Psalm 21:
For the king trusts in the Lord.
    The unfailing love of the Most High will keep him from stumbling.

[Jesus, you have modeled trust in your Father....for us to follow.  And the unfailing love of the Most High will also keep us from stumbling.]

Psalm 21:
You will capture all your enemies.
    Your strong right hand will seize all who hate you.
You will throw them in a flaming furnace
    when you appear.
The Lord will consume them in his anger;
    fire will devour them.

[No, evil will not triumph.  It may appear so right now but God works on an eternal clock and He sees all.]

Psalm 21:11 
Although they plot against you,
    their evil schemes will never succeed.
12 For they will turn and run
    when they see your arrows aimed at them.

[So, Lord, we follow your Son and His path to glory.  We will trust in you, even through death, to life forever in your presence.  And we know that righteousness will triumph, forever and ever!]

13 Psalm 21:13 Rise up, O Lord, in all your power.
    With music and singing we celebrate your mighty acts.

blessings and thanks to our mighty God!
Rob Smith

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