Psalm 21 is a bookend of Psalm 20.
Psalm 20 was a prayer for King David and his army as they prepared to go to battle. Psalm 21 is a prayer of thanksgiving for God’s strength and protection . . . and for giving them victory.
As I read these words today, I wondered how often I pray for God’s protection and strength to deal with a difficult battle I’m facing but fail to thank and praise Him for strength, protection, and victory.
It’s easy to just move on, isn’t it? Life is often happening so fast that it feels like we’re already staring down the next challenge as the last one ends.
The enemy of our souls never stops taunting and tempting us. He is single-minded and relentless.
Be sober-minded, be alert. Your adversary the devil is prowling around like a roaring lion, looking for anyone he can devour. Resist him, firm in the faith, knowing that the same kind of sufferings are being experienced by your fellow believers throughout the world.1 Peter 5:8–9 (CSB)
When I read those words, I know I can’t stand up to him on my own. I need God’s help because the spiritual battles you and I face are real. The “prince of this world” never stops tempting us with pride, possessions, popularity, and pleasure. Satan loves to take what God wants us to use for good and turn it into sins that defeat and destroy.
That’s why Peter told us what to do to resist the enemy with firm faith…
Humble yourselves, therefore, under the mighty hand of God, so that He may exalt you at the proper time, casting all your cares on Him, because He cares about you.1 Peter 5:6–7 (CSB)
Be humble and trust God.
So, David did just that before going into battle. He humbly prayed and asked God for help. And then…
He after the victory . . . He celebrated with worship and praise.
Lord, the king finds joy in your strength.Psalm 21:1–2
How greatly he rejoices in your victory!
You have given him his heart’s desire
and have not denied the request of his lips
We’ve talked a lot lately about the victory God wants for us . . . victory we can have through faith in Jesus and that the Spirit enables by giving us discernment, direction, courage, and strength.
But the Counselor, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in my name, will teach you all things and remind you of everything I have told you.John 14:26 (CSB)
Our Heavenly Father invites us to humbly go to Him and ask for help with every battle that looms before us. We can trust Him . . . the One who is victorious is with us and within us to help us.
But then, let’s remember to pause with gratitude. Let’s raise our hands in thanks and praise to the King of kings and Lord and lords for giving us victory.
A Prayer Thanking God for Giving Victory
Father, please forgive me. I can be quick to cry out for help when I’m anxious about the battle before me. But I quickly move on after I’ve passed through.
Your Word promises that You will never leave me or forsake me. (Deuteronomy 31:6) It says that even when I go through a dark valley, You are there beside me. (Psalm 23:4) It tells me that You will give me new strength to walk, run, and even soar when I trust You. (Isaiah 40:31)
So today, I pause to thank and praise You. I will glorify You with my life. I will lift up Your name to all who will listen. I will celebrate who You are and worship You for all You do.
Open my eyes to see every victory. Help me slow down and open my heart and mind to Your Spirit and all that You want for me.
Lord, You are victorious. You are the One who gives victory. You alone are worthy of my worship and praise. I will thank You now and forever. Amen.
Years ago, Rev and I started celebrating the anniversaries of God’s activity in our lives. We celebrate the day we met, and the day of our first date. We celebrate the day God brought Rev safely through an extremely risky heart surgery that even the doctors doubted was probable.
We love to sit and talk about all the amazing ways He has worked for our good even when we didn’t realize it at the moment.
It’s often easy to focus on what isn’t, on the battle we’re facing or anticipating. But let’s make it a goal to pause faithfully and thank and praise God for His goodness and grace . . . for the blessing of every victory.
Let’s stop each day to pray the following words of David…
You,[Lord], have granted [me] unending blessingsPsalm 21:6–7 (NIV)
and made [me] glad with the joy of Your presence.
[I] trust in the Lord.
Through the unfailing love of the Most High [I] will not be shaken.
May God bless you with countless reasons to thank and praise Him. May He be the reason you pause to celebrate!
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