Psalm 21 – The Necessity of Acknowledging God

No matter who we are or what we do, all of us should learn to grow in our acknowledgement of God.   Even the most powerful, influential people on earth should affirm and appreciate God on a daily basis.  In fact, if anyone should see their need for God, it should be those in leadership positions.  The responsibility is overwhelming and the challenges any leader faces is daunting to say the least.  Yet, in our world, most men and women who find themselves in privileged positions are extremely self-reliant.  They surmise that they got where they are on their own and they will continue to live life that way.  There is usually little interest or even a hint of needing anyone or anything outside of themselves to manage the affairs of life.

This is what makes this psalm so refreshing.  Here is a king.  Not just any king, but the greatest king in Israel’s history, who is side-stepping the spotlight and shedding the light on his God.  The One who has brought him to this point (v 3), and the One who is sustaining him through his reign (v 4).  Note that in verse 1, it is the “strength You give.”  In verse 2, it is the “deliverance you provide,” and in verse 7, it is because of God’s faithfulness or covenant loyalty that he is not upended.

Leaders, or anyone for that matter, will eventually fail if they continue to trust in themselves rather than in the Lord.  In our pride, we refuse to see our frailty and limitations.  We all must choose each day to depend, to rely on the Lord.  In fact, Solomon, David’s son and also a king of Israel said theses words,  “Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and do not rely on your own understanding.  Acknowledge Him in all your ways, and He will make your paths straight.”  (Proverbs 3:5-6)  When we begin to recognize God is supporting us, supplying us, and sustaining us we are responsible to declare Him in our lives.

You see a life of worship is really born out of our growing acknowledgement of God.  That is why David ends this psalm with these words, “We will sing and praise your power.”  In what ways should we be confessing acknowledging God in our lives today?  How can we give recognition to who He is and what He is doing?  Give serious refection to these questions for it is only when we acknowledge God that we will prevail.

For His glory,

Pastor Jeff