What’s it like to have complete faith in God? In today’s Psalm we read of God protecting and providing for His anointed. King David wrote this Psalm and while we see this as a Psalm about himself, we must recognize it is ultimately about Jesus and the Kingdom of God. This Psalm was written when Israel was with much opposition and David’s faith in God’s protection is evident. Yet we can see certain things like the words “His Anointed” and “You are my Son” which are purposely capitalized to indicate reference not to David (who was a foreshadowing of the One True King) but Jesus Himself!
This Psalm is recognized as prophetic in that David saw what was to come in the future, not of Israel itself but when God would unleash His Kingdom here on earth as it is in heaven through Jesus. If we can take a step back and look at the Psalm in this way (go ahead and read it again thinking about Jesus, not David), then we can see our current existence in a whole new light! The world’s armies are no match for the King! He is on our side! God tells us, “ask of Me and I will surely give the nations as your inheritance, and the very ends of the earth as your possession.” We recognize that God the Father is talking to Jesus the Son. This is why Jesus tells His disciples in John 14:
11 “Believe Me that I am in the Father and the Father is in Me; otherwise believe because of the works themselves. 12 “Truly, truly, I say to you, he who believes in Me, the works that I do, he will do also; and greater works than these he will do; because I go to the Father. 13 “Whatever you ask in My name, that will I do, so that the Father may be glorified in the Son. 14 “If you ask Me anything in My name, I will do it. 15 “If you love Me, you will keep My commandments.
It is for this reason that Psalm 1 tells us about the importance of remaining in Christ and His Word because through that we will keep His commandments and therefore be one with Christ, asking anything in His name and seeing it fulfilled. In verse 12 we see David warning us to make sure we remain one with Jesus so as not to fall away. This is directly related to what Jesus would later say in John 15:1-11. It is paramount that we stay connected to the source of power and victory when we stand against our enemies in life so that our minds, hearts, and attitudes are like that of King David as he began to write this Psalm. To start he states the preposterous nations rising up against God’s own nation. Friends, thanks to Jesus we are now this nation that our enemies do not have a chance against.
Let us not, however, look at this the way the world does. One might imagine a movie where the villain begins to laugh and ridicule the hero or proposed underdog. Jesus doesn’t sit in heaven and laugh and scoff like this and neither should we. Rather, we must maintain our conviction of faith and steadfast trust in God during times of adversity and trial. We know God and His will shall prevail, so then there is no worry. If we are walking in God’s Kingdom we know nothing will be able to survive against it. This is Jesus’ point in John 16:23-33 and why He sums it up by saying:
“These things I have spoken to you, so that in Me you may have peace. In the world you have tribulation, but take courage; I have overcome the world.”
So then, will we live as victors in Christ or the afflicted under our own power? Do we live in the Kingdom of God or the kingdom of this world? To everyone else, it is hopeless, meaningless, and fruitless. Yet to the residents of the Kingdom, everything is already done. We just have to walk the path to claim the trophy.