Bro. Tom’s Weekly Bible Study
  Week #75
Posted: March 3, 2006

PSALM 21:7-13

Let us once again fix our thoughts upon the reasons for this Psalm.  It is the song of victory from a king exalted before the humiliation of suffering in Psalm 22.  This gives us confident assurance once again that all was done there before anything was ever done here.

Let us turn our attention this week to verses 7-13 which say, For the king trusteth in the LORD, and through the mercy of the most High he shall not be moved.  Thine hand shall find out all thine enemies: thy right hand shall find out those that hate thee.  Thou shall make them as a fiery oven in the time of thine anger: the LORD shall swallow them up in his wrath, and the fire shall devour them.  Their fruit shalt thou destroy from the earth, and their seed from among the children of men.  For they intended evil against thee: they imagined a mischievous device, which they are not able to perform.  Therefore shalt thou make them turn their back, when thou shalt make ready thine arrows upon thy strings against the face of them.  Be thou exalted, LORD, in thine own strength: so will we sing and praise thy power.”

We are told in verse 7 of the trust the Son has in the Father.  The word ‘trust’ has the idea of putting all the confidence in or setting all the weight upon.  This verb has an ‘eth’ ending which indicates an on going trust.  In John’s Gospel Jesus is continually seen giving way to the Father.  He said on one occasion, ‘I came not to do mine own will but the will of Him that sent me.’

A holy confidence in Jehovah is the true mother of victories.  This Psalm of triumphant was composed long before our Lord’s conflict began, but faith over leaps the boundary of time and chance the victory, while yet saying the battle song.” (Spurgeon)

Mercy is extended from the Most High to secure the position of the Suffering Savior.  He was not a Prophet then, a Priest now, and a King to come but He has always been the unmovable, unchangeable, Prophet, Priest, and King.

It is all because of His confident trust in the Father that the Son is the same yesterday, today, and forever more.  We too can cry, “I shall not be moved” because of the position of our mediator, Christ Jesus the Lord.

In verse 8 we are reminded of the power He has over all His enemies.  Let us rest in the fact that they are our enemies also.  “He who has the key of human nature can touch it’s springs at His will, and find out the means of bringing the utmost confusion and terror upon those who aforetime boastfully expressed their hatred of Him.” (Spurgeon)  It will be a fearful thing to fall into the hands of the living God.  This will be the words spoken by His enemies, “Who shall abide in the day of His coming?”  Fall on us and hide us from the face of Him that sitteth on the throne and from the wrath of the Lamb.

In verse 9 we are told of a time of God’s anger.  This is a time of grace today, but let us be sure it will come to an end.  We are told He will cast His enemies into an oven of fire to be swallowed up in the anger of His wrath.  Be careful of those who make little of a place called Hell.  Never tolerate slight thoughts of Hell or you will soon have low thoughts of sin.  We are familiar with the Jehovah Witness and the Mormons view of Hell.  Let us not miss even some well-known evangelists of today who have said that hell is what we make of this life upon the earth.  Be assured there is a place the enemies of God will live to be tormented and burn in fire day and night, forever and forever.

In verse 10 we find all their life’s work will come to naught.  Their seed line will often follow them.  Let it not be a strange thought to see if a man will not follow the Lord, then neither will his children.  The blind will lead the blind into the fire and both will burn in the fires of God’s wrath.

In verse 11 and 12 the enemies of God have the plans and intentions to rise up against Him.  They lack but one thing and that is the ability.  In verse 12 just a few ticks of the clock and they will be targets for the arrows of His wrath.

In verse 13 we see Him high and lifted up sitting as the King by His own strength.  How can we do less than David and sing and praise Him, for by His own power He rules and reigns over all.