Thursday, October 5, 2006

The Joy and Privilege of Your Kingship

The king shall have joy in Your strength, O LORD;
And in Your salvation how greatly shall he rejoice!
You have given him his heart’s desire,
And have not withheld the request of his lips.
(Psalm 21:1-2)
The king originally in view here is David, the psalm writer. Ultimately, however, this psalm finds its most perfect fulfillment in the Lord Jesus Christ, who is called the Son of David. After His crucifixion and resurrection, Jesus ascended to His throne in heaven, where He rules and reigns over all, forever and ever.

But this psalm can also be applied to every believer in Jesus Christ. For the original mandate God gave to Adam and Eve was to subdue the earth and have dominion — to rule and reign over it. We were created to be kings on the earth. Though that dominion was forfeited when Adam rebelled against God, it has been restored to us in the Lord Jesus Christ. For God has “made us alive together with Christ … and raised us up together, and made us sit together in the heavenly places in Christ Jesus” (Ephesians 2:5-6). We are now seated with the Lord Jesus Christ on His heavenly throne, the place of ruling and reigning. We are kings, and He is the King of Kings.

“The king shall have joy in Your strength, O LORD.” Nehemiah said, “The joy of the LORD is your strength” (Nehemiah 8:10). But here we see that its works the other way around, too: The strength of the Lord is your joy!

The Hebrew word for “joy” here is samach, and means to be lighthearted. When you rely on the strength of the Lord, there is nothing that can weigh your heart down, because God is far greater than whatever might be a burden for you. So the Bible tells us, “Cast all your cares upon Him, for He cares for you” (1 Peter 5:7). Regardless of your circumstance, you can be lighthearted and joyful, when you roll your burden over onto the Lord.

“And in Your salvation how greatly shall he rejoice.” The word for “rejoice” here is giyl (gheel), and literally means to spin. It is a dancing joy that whirls and twirls in delight. David certainly knew what this was all about. When he brought the ark of the covenant to Jerusalem, he was so full of joy that he danced with great abandon, leaping and whirling before the Lord (2 Samuel 6:16).

The salvation God has for you and me is indeed something to get very excited about. The Hebrew word is yeshuah. It is not only the forgiveness of our sins, it is also freedom and deliverance from everything that binds us up, holds us back or keeps us down. It is healing for all our diseases. It is even our peace and prosperity. It is wonderful. As a proper name, this word for “salvation” is Yeshua, which is the Hebrew name for “Jesus.”

“You have given him his heart’s desire.” In another psalm, David said, “Delight yourself in the LORD, and He shall give you the desires of your heart” (Psalm 37:4). The Bible refers to David as “a man after God’s own heart” (1 Samuel 13:14), that is, he was a man who lined up his heart with the heart of God. Even when he stumbled, he did not run away from God, but he ran to Him. He delighted in God, and so received his heart’s desire.

Again, we see this completely fulfilled in the Lord Jesus Christ, whose heart was perfectly aligned with the heart of the Father:
Most assuredly, I say to you, the Son can do nothing of Himself, but what He sees the Father do; for whatever He does, the Son also does in like manner. (John 5:19)

I can of Myself do nothing. As I her, I judge; and My judgment is righteous, because I do not seek My own will but the will of the Father who sent Me. (John 5:30)

For I have come down from heaven, not to do My own will, but the will of Him who sent Me. (John 6:38)

I do nothing of Myself; but as My Father taught Me, I speak these things. And He who sent Me is with Me. The Father has not left me alone, for I always do those things that please Him. (John 8:28-29)
When we delight ourselves in the Lord, He transforms us, aligning the desires of our hearts with His. Then He fulfills those desires.

“And have not withheld the request of his lips.” Because Jesus is all about the Father, the Father is all about Jesus, and will not deny any of His requests. Whatever the Son asks, the Father will do, because the heart of the Son is perfectly aligned with the heart of the Father.

Now, hold on to your hat, because here is how that relates to you and me in a very powerful way: The Father will not withhold the request of the Son; the Son has given us the authority to make requests in His name!
Whatever you ask in My name, that I will do, that the Father may be glorified in the Son. If you ask anything in My name, I will do it. (John 14:13-14)

You did not choose Me, but I chose you and appointed you that you should go and bear fruit, and that your fruit should remain, that whatever you ask the Father in My name He may give you. (John 15:16)

And in that day you will ask Me nothing. Most assuredly, I say to you, whatever you ask the Father in My name He will give you. Until now you have asked nothing in My name. Ask, and you will receive, that your joy may be full … In that day you will ask in My name, and I do not say to you that I shall pray the Father for you; for the Father Himself loves you, because you have loved Me, and have believed that I came forth from God. (John 16:23-24, 26)
Jesus has given us the authority to ask in His name, that is, to ask as He would ask. When we do, the promise is that God will not withhold the request of our lips. For the Father loves all those who trust in the Lord Jesus Christ just as much as He loves the Lord Jesus Himself.

God has created you to be a king upon the earth. Because of what the Lord Jesus has done for you, you can be lighthearted in the strength of the Lord, casting every single burden of care upon Him. You can celebrate without any inhibitions because of the rich forgiveness, freedom, healing, peace and prosperity God has for you. Delight yourself in the Lord, for He wants to give you your heart’s desire. Get the perspective of what Jesus is all about and ask on the basis of His name and His authority, fully expecting to receive, and God will not withhold the request of your lips.