Today's scripture is Psalm 21. Go here to read it in your preferred version.
The king shall joy in thy strength, O Lord; and in thy salvation how greatly shall he rejoice!
2 Thou hast given him his heart's desire, and hast not withholden the request of his lips. Selah.
3 For thou preventest him with the blessings of goodness: thou settest a crown of pure gold on his head.
4 He asked life of thee, and thou gavest it him, even length of days for ever and ever.
5 His glory is great in thy salvation: honour and majesty hast thou laid upon him.
6 For thou hast made him most blessed for ever: thou hast made him exceeding glad with thy countenance.
7 For the king trusteth in the Lord, and through the mercy of the most High he shall not be moved.
8 Thine hand shall find out all thine enemies: thy right hand shall find out those that hate thee.
9 Thou shalt make them as a fiery oven in the time of thine anger: the Lord shall swallow them up in his wrath, and the fire shall devour them.
10 Their fruit shalt thou destroy from the earth, and their seed from among the children of men.
11 For they intended evil against thee: they imagined a mischievous device, which they are not able to perform.
shalt thou make them turn their back, when thou shalt make ready thine
arrows upon thy strings against the face of them.
13 Be thou exalted, Lord, in thine own strength: so will we sing and praise thy power.
A psalm written by David, praising God.
David praises God for the things he has done in his life: answered his prayers (v. 2), gave him long life (v. 4), has blessed him and made him glad (v. 6)
God will give us all these things if we ask him - long life, happiness, protection, etc. (Please note: this is not a blanket statement that all Christians will live to 90 years old being safe and happy every single day just as long as we ask. These are things we should not take for granted and should constantly be praying for God to bless us with. He may have another path chosen for us. That path may include hurt feelings, bad health, or even death. Ultimately God knows the plan He has for our individual life and although we can't see it at times, sometimes that "bad stuff" does bring about good which stretches far beyond ourselves.)
We can look in our past and find things to praise God about, we must also look to our future with faith and hope and praise on our lips!
In return, David will: have joy in God's strength and rejoice in salvation (v. 1), receive blessings and a crown (v. 3), trust in God and stand firm in Him (v. 7), exalt God with songs and praises (v. 13). We should do all these things too!
Verses 8-12 show God's anger toward those who are wicked. In David's case he was even having to deal with this issue with his sons... one who raped his half-sister... the other who tried to kill that brother, and then tried to kill David himself.. I know we all have problems but mine sure aren't that bad.
God ultimately has all the strength and power to overcome our enemies. Even when we are weak in ourselves and are feeling desperate, or that we're fighting a losing battle, He is willing to step in for us. We just have to call out to Him and trust in these things.