Psalm 21

Psalm 21 has David rejoicing in the power and strength of the Lord.  He has many reasons to be joyful as God has been faithful to him time and time again.  His passion for God shows through this Psalm, and he is grateful for God’s blessing and the answered prayers God has provided.  “You have given him his heart’s desire and have not withheld the request of his lips”.  God answers prayer.  One of the biggest reasons prayers are not answered is that they are never asked.  Prayerlessness is a big problem in the life of many believers.  We simply don’t make or take time to pray.

But in addition to not asking, there are other things that can certainly hinder our prayers and cause them to go unanswered.  Guzik shares this list:

  • Not abiding in Jesus (John 15:7)
  • Unbelief (Matthew 17:20-21)
  • Failure to Fast (Matthew 17:21)
  • A Bad Marriage Relationship (1 Peter 3:7)
  • Not Asking (James 4:2)
  • Selfish Praying (James 4:3)
  • Disobedience (1 John 3:22)
  • Not Praying in God’s Will (1 John 5:14-15)
  • Unconfessed Sin (James 5:16)
  • Cold, Passionless Prayer (James 5:16-18; 2 Kings 20:5)
  • Prayerlessness and Lack of Persistence in Prayer (Luke 18:1-7; Psalm 55:17)
  • Sin Against Others (Matthew 5:23-24)
  • Lack of Unity (Matthew 18:19)
  • Not Praying in the Name of Jesus (John 14:13-14)
  • Pride (James 4:6, 1 Peter 5:5, Proverbs 3:34)
  • Lying and Deceitfulness (Psalm 17:1)
  • Lack of Bible Reading and Bible Teaching (Proverbs 28:9)
  • Trusting in the Length or Form of Prayer (Matthew 6:7)

David has been truly blessed.  “For you meet him with rich blessings; you set a crown of fine gold upon his head”.  If we stop and think about it, each of us has received his goodness and blessing.  That doesn’t mean there were not difficult patches in life – David had plenty of those – but God’s grace always overcame those troubles.  David also asked God for life, and God responded by not only giving him life but extending that life.  “He asked life of you; you gave it to him, length of days forever and ever”.

The chapter contains many reasons for David’s joy, and David makes it clear that he will continue to trust in God and His love.  “For the king trusts in the Lord, and through the steadfast love of the Most High he shall not be moved”.  God doesn’t move, and we can cling to that Rock and know that His love will remain.  As a result David praises God and His faithfulness.  “Be exalted, O Lord, in your strength! We will sing and praise your power”.  David expresses the determination that he and the people will continue to lift up God and sing His praises.  Our response to God’s love should be the same – to exalt His name and sing of His goodness and blessing!

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