In my Bible reading this morning during “coffee with the Lord” I read Psalm 21. It is a Psalm attributed to King David in which he recounts what the Lord has done for him.
Now I am not a king or the son of a king… to my knowledge, there is no royal blood in a Bartel’s veins! (Sorry about that, Wes and Walt! – my brothers.) Yet as followers of Christ – as those who have put our trust in Jesus to save us and redeem us – we have been “born again” into a new relationship! We are God’s children – we are “kings and priests” (Revelation 5:9-10) and we “reign in life through Jesus Christ.” (Romans 5:17)
So, as I read Psalm 21 this morning I found myself turning King David’s words into a personal prayer of gratitude for all the Lord has done for me… Here is my personal “praise paraphrase” of Psalm 21 this morning… (You may decide to use it yourself today in your devotions to express your thanksgiving and praise to the Lord)
“Oh Lord, in your strength I rejoice! In your salvation how greatly I exult! You have given me my heart’s desire and have not withheld the request of my lips. You meet me with rich blessings and have crowned me with Your grace! I asked life from You and You gave it to me – length of days extending into forever! My glory is great through Your salvation! Splendor and majesty you bestow upon me! You make me most blessed forever – You make me glad with the joy of Your presence! I trust in You and through your steadfast love I shall not be moved!”
How does the old worship song put it… “A child of the King! A child of the King! Through Jesus, my Savior, I’m a child of the King!” Just incredibly grateful today – incredibly grateful!