“The king shall have joy in Your strength, O LORD; And in Your salvation how greatly shall he rejoice! His glory is great in Your salvation; Honor and majesty You have placed upon him. For You have made him most blessed forever; You have made him exceedingly glad with Your presence.” – Psalm 21:1,5,6
This psalm shows the glad heart of King David for having the glory of God’s presence manifested in the salvation of his soul. The deliverance from sin and salvation was not in anything that God saw in David, nor in any good thing that he did. If you read about David’s life you would be surprised to find out that he was a liar, an adulterer, and a murderer. Therefore the salvation that David was “exceeding glad” about is justification by faith alone. Faith directed toward God’s Messiah covered his sins and counted David to be righteous (Romans 4:5-7). The fact that God saved him and placed him into the Kingdom of God was a greater honor than that of being King of Israel. Yet, this honor was not placed upon King David alone. Everyone who places their faith in the LORD’s Messiah, Jesus Christ, is honored and blessed forever. This glorious salvation leads all the children of God to greatly rejoice as David did.
A young minister fresh out of seminary came to visit a little old lady who was dying. This young minister had more theology in his head than Bible. What this inexperienced minister witnessed from this dying woman was the realization of the knowledge and power of divine love demonstrated in her life by the joy of God’s salvation placed upon her by simple faith. Dumb-struck at her joy and the absolute certainty of her salvation, he began to lead her down the “Roman Road” as he was taught in seminary - just to make sure she was right with God. The little old lady quickly stopped him and said, “I’ve been down that road before only to make a mental decision, but since I came to Christ by faith I’ve been walking with Him ever since.” She gave such a clear testimony that the young man was confused because her testimony did not fit the scenario of his formal training. So he pressed her not to be presumptuous with God. She answered, “Young man, if I should not make it into heaven the good Lord would have more to lose than me.” This amazed him even more and so he asked for an explanation. The old lady answered, “If I should not make it into heaven all that I could lose would be my soul, but if I should not enter into heaven the good LORD would lose His reputation and glory, because my salvation is wrapped up in the glory of His promises that He would save sinners who come to Him. That is the road I travel.”
David C. Hale, pastor