God has favorites

29 Sep

Psalm 21 makes it clear that God has favorites, and King David is a golden hair boy.  Elsewhere in the scripture is the line that, “rain falls on the just and the unjust.”  But, this psalm proclaims that the relationship between God and King David is one that brings both of them joy.

Your strength, God, is the king’s strength.
Helped, he’s hollering Hosannas.
You gave him exactly what he wanted;
you didn’t hold back.
You filled his arms with gifts;
you gave him a right royal welcome.
He wanted a good life; you gave it to him,
and then made it a long life as a bonus.
You lifted him high and bright as a cumulus cloud,
then dressed him in rainbow colors.
You pile blessings on him;
you make him glad when you smile.
Is it any wonder the king loves God?
that he’s sticking with the Best?

 

This is the relationship that make King David a great leader of Israel, even with all his faults.  The King understood that his strength was the strength that God gave him.  For me this psalm reflects any supportive relationship – the relationship between spouses, or parent and child, or good friends – where one seeks the other for strength and rejoices in their success.  Do you have relationship like that?  Is your relationship with God like that?

Finally, as the title implies, there are those who are not God’s favorites.  The second half of the psalm talks about God destroying the enemies of the King.

 

 With a fistful of enemies in one hand
and a fistful of haters in the other,
You radiate with such brilliance
that they cringe as before a furnace.
Now the furnace swallows them whole,
the fire eats them alive!
You purge the earth of their progeny,
you wipe the slate clean.
All their evil schemes, the plots they cook up,
have fizzled—every one.
You sent them packing;
they couldn’t face you.

 

God is the one who will rid the King of his enemies.  This is a part of the psalms, and scripture as a whole, that we don’t talk about a lot.  The people who wrote these texts had no problem with God destroying the ‘bad guys’.  We are not as comfortable with God smiting the enemy, yet it is throughout the Hebrew Scripture.  For this people enemies were real, they were fighting for land and resources, and a way of worship.  I think it is important to honor who they were and know that I do not face the same challenges.  Also, that they are counting on God to take care of the ‘bad guy’.

The psalm ends by saying, “ Show your strength, God, so no one can miss it.  We are out singing the good news!”  I like the singing out good news idea.  You could try it today.  I know you are God’s favorite.

 

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