Wednesday, February 18, 2009

Psalm 21

I love stories of great kings who do heroic deeds! You ought to see my playlists of Final Fantasy videos on youtube. There are a lot of legends and myths on earth. Gilgamesh, King Arthur, Narnia, etc. We humans love noble people doing noble deeds. . . and we like drama. We want heroes who are handsome, who triumph, who bring great peace and joy to oppressed people! Even in "real life" we have heroes: Parnell, Gandhi, Luther.

But because we don't really understand spiritual matters, we often don't see Christ as a great knight who conquered evil enemies. And even if we understand that...we really don't see anything romantic about it. This king has "no beauty" in Him that we might adore him. His love interest -- The Church, New Jerusalem, The Elect of Israel-- isn't really the kind of flesh and blood woman princess we see... in these legends. Sure she needs rescuing, but we really can't picture her.

And the evil folks he triumphs over? Heck, we can't see the demonic as clearly as we should. And even if we concede that he conquers sin, we're not exactly hateful toward certain sins. Heck, I try my best to hate "lust" and it's tough to hate it.

It's just tough to have soulish folks fall in love with a hero who can only be truly appreciated by those who understand spirit. And yet, what a glorious story we have!

Psalm 21

For the director of music. A psalm of David.

1 O LORD, the king rejoices in your strength.
How great is his joy in the victories you give!
2 You have granted him the desire of his heart
and have not withheld the request of his lips.

3 You welcomed him with rich blessings
and placed a crown of pure gold on his head.

4 He asked you for life, and you gave it to him—
length of days, for ever and ever.

5 Through the victories you gave, his glory is great;
you have bestowed on him splendor and majesty.

6 Surely you have granted him eternal blessings
and made him glad with the joy of your presence.

7 For the king trusts in the LORD;
through the unfailing love of the Most High
he will not be shaken.

8 Your hand will lay hold on all your enemies;
your right hand will seize your foes.

9 At the time of your appearing
you will make them like a fiery furnace.
In his wrath the LORD will swallow them up,
and his fire will consume them.

10 You will destroy their descendants from the earth,
their posterity from mankind.

11 Though they plot evil against you
and devise wicked schemes, they cannot succeed;

12 for you will make them turn their backs
when you aim at them with drawn bow.

13 Be exalted, O LORD, in your strength;
we will sing and praise your might.
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