“Thou preventest him with the blessings of goodness: thou settest a crown of pure gold on his head” (Psalm 21:3). This is the King James Version of this text, and people are always attempting to convince me that King Jim’s version is the only authoritative version of Scripture. But at first glance, this verse in King Jim is a bit puzzling. The word “prevent” is usually associated with a hindrance, of some type, not with blessing. So with that thinking, the translation here would be, “The Lord hindered David with the blessings of goodness.” Huh?
However, the biblical word for “prevent” signifies a completely different meaning. It means “to anticipate, to precede, to foresee and fulfill in advance, to pay a debt before it is due.” And, in almost every instance, it implies something of pleasure.
Isaiah gives us a glimpse of this kind of pleasure. It comes from God anticipating a need and fulfilling it ahead of time. “I will answer them before they even call to me. While they are still talking about their needs, I will go ahead and answer their prayers!” (Isaiah 65:24).
What an incredible picture of our Lord’s love for us. He is so anxious to bless us, so ready to fulfill his loving kindness, so willing to pour his Grace into our lives, that he can’t even wait for us to tell him our needs. He just jumps in and performs acts of mercy, grace and love toward us. And that is an extreme pleasure to him.
If you have a spouse, or even children, you might experience times when just for the fun of it, you do something unexpected; something they would appreciate. It could be a present you picked up on your way home from work, like say, flowers for your wife. For some unknown reason, you just think it would be a kick to bring her flowers. Well that is what our Heavenly Father is like. He gets a kick out of just doing things unexpected for us.
That’s what David was saying in Psalm 21: “Lord, you pour out blessings and lovingkindness on me before I can even ask. And you offer more than I could even conceive of asking.”
David was referring to some awesome work that God performed for him in the spiritual realm. It was something that gave David victory over his enemies, answers to prayer, overcoming power and unspeakable joy. And God did it all before David could even go to prayer, to unburden his heart or present his request. Once David finally did pour out his heart, he discovered that God had already made provision to defeat his enemies. David’s victory was assured before he could even get near the battlefield.
That’s what our Lord wants to do for you. Just go about your day, have an attitude of appreciation and wonder at His Love and concern for you. Oh, don’t neglect asking for His strength and provisions, that is just fine, but also enjoy the sweet things he does for you that are totally unexpected—He will pour out His abundance on your needs.
Father, we will weep no more because we know you will be gracious even before we ask for help. We can sit and wonder at your abundance, and before we even open our mouths you comfort us saying, ‘Yes, I am here,’ and you will quickly “Remove the heavy yoke of oppression.” You know our needs before we even ask. This morning we offer you again, our undying love and devotion. Be alive and well in my day today. (Isaiah 30:19; 58:9; Matthew 6:8)
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