6 Surely you have granted him unending blessings
and made him glad with the joy of your presence.
7 For the king trusts in the Lord;
through the unfailing love of the Most High
he will not be shaken.
As King David praises God for all the blessings God’s given and the prayers and requests God has answered, I was struck most by verses 6 and 7. David is not only praising God for what he has received, there, and now as king of Israel, but he is praising God for God himself. In these verses, David speaks of being blessed forever because of the joy of being in God’s presence, for experiencing God’s steadfast love. David finds his joy and strength in the blessings of a relationship with his God.
I couldn’t help feel how often this is lacking in my own experience. How often I lose sight of the immeasurable love of God and the privilege it is to just know God and call Him my God. How often do I seek joy and gladness in other worldly things, when He is the only source of perfect and unending joy. How often do I search for help and strength to get through the day (never mind life) in the world and people around me. If only I consistently sought to know and understand the steadfastness of His unfailing love! Then I would be strengthened to the point where whatever life throws at me, I will be able to stand. And not just stand, but stand with a deep seated and unwavering joy for knowing my God.