They are the words of a king. Composed by a royal songwriter, Psalm 21 exalts the LORD. The king has been given his heart’s desire . . . has known rich blessings . . . has been bestowed, by God’s grace, with glory, splendor, and majesty. Blessed forever . . . filled with joy because of the Presence . . . sure that “through the steadfast love of the Most High he shall not be moved.” And at the root of such glorious praise, forming the “bookends” of this victorious song, is the power of God.
O LORD, in Your strength the king rejoices, and in Your salvation how greatly he exults! . . . Be exalted, O LORD, in Your strength! We will sing and praise Your power. (Psalm 21:1, 13 ESV)
“In Your strength” the king shouts with joy . . . “In Your strength” he raises the name of the Almighty. Singing praise to the power.
A song for kings only? Or for the lips of paupers, as well. Just for the mighty soldier? Or for the helpless paralytic, too?
I also read, this morning, in Matthew 9 of a man “weak of limb” . . . unable to walk. Unless carried by friends or family, not able to go anywhere. But on this day, his friends took him up on his bed and carried him to Jesus. Jesus “saw their faith” and told the man to “take heart . . . your sins are forgiven.” The scribes present scoffed within themselves, thinking, “This man is blaspheming” . . . no one can forgive sin but God alone. Jesus knowing their thoughts responds to them . . .
“Why do you think evil in your hearts? For which is easier, to say, ‘Your sins are forgiven,’ or to say, ‘Rise and walk’? But that you may know that the Son of Man has authority on earth to forgive sins–He then said to the paralytic–“Rise, pick up your bed and go home.” And he rose and went home. When the crowds saw it, they were afraid, and they glorified God, who had given such authority to men.
(Matthew 9:4b-8 ESV)
And Matthew’s account moves on. But what of the lame man who got up on his own two feet and walked home? What’s he thinkin’? What’s he doing? This morning, I imagine him singing the king’s song.
Rejoicing in the LORD’s salvation . . . having been given the desires of his heart and more . . . having received rich blessings and a crown of life for his head. Granted “length of days forever” . . . robed in the glory, splendor, and majesty of another, the King of kings. Made glad, not just because of strong legs, but because He has been in the presence of God. Singing praise to the power. The power to restore useless legs . . . the power to redeem sin-stained souls . . . the power of Jesus to save.
And I see him on his face as he sings to heaven, “O LORD, in Your strength this nobody rejoices. In Your salvation how greatly he exults. Be exalted, O LORD, in Your strength! This paralytic will sing and praise Your power forever!”
Sing praise to the power of Jesus Name. To the One given authority on earth to forgive sin. Graciously showing His might and strength on behalf of all who call out in faith. For our blessing . . . and for His glory.
Let’s sing the king’s song.