LOOK BACK, LOOK AHEAD, LOOK UP!

Psalms of Honesty and Truth

This is probably the praise hymn David and his people sang after the victories prayed for in Psalm 20 as they celebrated a day of national thanksgiving. They had prayed for specific blessings, and God had granted them. The hymn opens and closes with praise for God’s strength and His ever present help in battle.

I recall a meaningful “hymn” of praise that I used to sing as a young adult that still lingers deep in my own heart today. It is a simple yet heartfelt song of thanksgiving for all that God has done, is doing and will do in our lives. God is still on the move, helping us in our troubles, moving us, kicking and screaming at times, into His will and plan, protects us from the enemy and leads us into the life He always intended us to live. Seek His best. He will give you the victory!

How can I say thanks for the things
You have done for me?
Things so undeserved yet you gave
To prove your love for me
The voices of a million angels
Could not express my gratitude
All that I am, and ever hope to be
I owe it all to thee

To God be the glory, to God be the glory
To God be the glory for the things he has done
With his blood he has saved me
With his power he has raised me
To God be the glory for the things he has done
Just let me live my life and
Let it be pleasing Lord to thee
And if I gain any praise, let it go to calvary
With his blood he has saved me
With his power he has raised me
To God be the glory for the things he has done

Now, David’s song of victorious praise to King Messiah!

Psalm 21, The Message

A David Psalm

1-7 Your strength, God, is the king’s strength.
Helped, he’s hollering Hosannas.
You gave him exactly what he wanted;
you didn’t hold back.
You filled his arms with gifts;
you gave him a right royal welcome.
He wanted a good life; you gave it to him,
and then made it a long life as a bonus.
You lifted him high and bright as a cumulus cloud,
then dressed him in rainbow colors.
You pile blessings on him;
you make him glad when you smile.
Is it any wonder the king loves God?
that he’s sticking with the Best?

8-12 With a fistful of enemies in one hand
and a fistful of haters in the other,
You radiate with such brilliance
that they cringe as before a furnace.
Now the furnace swallows them whole,
the fire eats them alive!
You purge the earth of their progeny,
you wipe the slate clean.
All their evil schemes, the plots they cook up,
have fizzled—every one.
You sent them packing;
they couldn’t face you.

13 Show your strength, God, so no one can miss it.
We are out singing the good news!

In Jesus Name, Amen!

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Looking Back: Celebration for Past Victories (vv. 1-7). The people and their king address the Lord and thank Him for what He did for them in answer to their prayers.

Looking Ahead: Anticipation of Future Victories (vv. 8-12). The king trusted in the Lord and so did the people, and they affirmed their faith as they addressed these words to the king. The emphasis is now on the future victories God will give David and Israel because they have faith in the living God.

Looking Up: Exaltation of the Lord of the Victories (v. 13). As in 20:9, the psalm concludes with a statement addressed to the Lord and expressing praise for His greatness. David fought battles and won victories, not to exalt himself, but to magnify the Lord, and his people knew this.

Think about it…
What answered prayer will you thank God for today? How will you face the future, knowing He has been faithful in the past?

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About randscallawayffm

Randy and Susan co founded Finding Focus Ministries in 2006. Their goal as former full time pastors, is to serve and provide spiritual encouragement and focus to those on the "front lines" of ministry. Extensive experience being on both sides of ministry, paid and volunteer, on the mission fields of other countries as well as the United States, helps them bring a different perspective to those who need it most. Need a lift? Call us 260 229 2276.
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