When we look carefully and with the help of God’s Spirit, we continue to see God’s beloved Son upon Whom the soul of David was gazing. His longing was for the Kingdom that would belong to that One. Though it was left for Paul to give us details of Christ’s work in the heavens—as we saw in his Epistles, especially words like Colossians 1:16
—it was David who has taught us to worship and exalt Him. And, to rejoice
in Him. See these prayers of exaltation that have come to us from David.
Psalms 30:1—I will extol Thee, O LORD; for Thou hast lifted me up, and hast not made my foes to rejoice over me.
Psalm 31:7—I will be glad and rejoice in Thy mercy: for Thou hast considered my trouble; Thou hast known my soul in adversities; 8 and hast not shut me up into the hand of the enemy: Thou hast set my feet in a large room.
Psalm 40:16—Let all those that seek Thee rejoice and be glad in Thee: let such as love Thy salvation say continually, The LORD be magnified. 17 But I am poor and needy; yet the Lord thinketh upon me: Thou art my Help and my Deliverer; make no tarrying, O my God.
Psalm 63:7—Because Thou hast been my Help, therefore in the shadow of Thy wings will I rejoice.
Oh, but we remember! God has been our help. See these rather majestic words from one of the greatest preachers of the 18th century in London as he meditates on this verse.
“...The grand use of memory, will furnish us with proofs of the Lord’s faithfulness, and lead us onward to a growing confidence in him. ...The very shade of God is sweet to a believer. Under the eagle wings of Jehovah we hide from all fear, and we do this naturally and at once, because we have aforetime tried and proved both his love and his power. We are not only safe, but happy in God: we rejoice as well as repose.”
FATHER, I rest in the assurance of Your mercy and Your Love to us who have failed too often. Great REDEEMER, please do a fresh and lasting work in myself, and in these loved ones whose names I now call before You. Bring about in us a stability that will cause us to stand through the trials that may soon face all your people everywhere. Draw us, not only up close to Your bosom, but close to Your Throne also.
A Psalm for someone who failed but whose times are now in the hands of the Lord.