Genie in a bottle?

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Psalm 21: 1 In your strength the king rejoices, O LORD, and in your help how greatly he exults! 2 You have given him his heart’s desire, and have not withheld the request of his lips.

This is a psalm of David in which David describes himself in the third person. He, of course, is the king in question. This is a psalm of thanksgiving. v.2 says “you have given him his heart’s desire, and have not withheld the request of his lips”. I find that interesting.

Reminds me of Jesus’ saying, “Ask and it will be given to you.” (Matthew 7:7) I think the reason the Lord was wiling to give David the desires of his heart is because David was so submitted to God, continually seeking the presence of God in the temple. Seeking the Lord continually changes us on the inside. The Lord trusted David to ask for the right things, and so they were granted. Same thing with Jesus. He didn’t say what he said in Matthew 7:7 to just anyone, but to the ones who’d left everything to share in his ministry.

Lord Jesus, you aren’t a spiritual genie dispensing gifts haphazardly. Teach us to see you as David did, as your disciples did, that we might desire the things you desire. Amen.

 

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