Psalm 21: Copyright
For the director of music. A psalm of David.
The king rejoices in your strength, Lord. How great is his joy in the victories you give! You have granted him his heart’s desire and have not withheld the request of his lips. You came to greet him with rich blessings and placed a crown of pure gold on his head. He asked you for life, and you gave it to him— length of days, for ever and ever. Through the victories you gave, his glory is great; you have bestowed on him splendor and majesty. Surely you have granted him unending blessings and made him glad with the joy of your presence. For the king trusts in the Lord; through the unfailing love of the Most High he will not be shaken. Your hand will lay hold on all your enemies; your right hand will seize your foes. When you appear for battle, you will burn them up as in a blazing furnace. The Lord will swallow them up in his wrath, and his fire will consume them. You will destroy their descendants from the earth, their posterity from mankind. Though they plot evil against you and devise wicked schemes, they cannot succeed. You will make them turn their backs when you aim at them with drawn bow. Be exalted in your strength, Lord; we will sing and praise your might.
For her job, Clare has spent the past few days making sure everything they are doing is "copyright compliant." You've all probably heard the term "copyright" before, but you may not know what exactly it is referring to. If a book, movie, song, photo, or television show is copyrighted, it means that only the author has the right to decide what it gets used for. This means you can't sneak into a movie theater, record the entire movie on your phone, download it, and sell it for money online. Even doing things like including a song in a dope YouTube video you've made isn't allowed unless you get the author's permission.
Why is copyright important? Because the person who spent time creating and doing all of the work to make that piece of art wants the credit. Some musicians need people to buy their music instead of illegally downloading it in order to put food on the table for their family. Because of this, even when an author gives you permission, you still need to credit them. When I was in middle and high school, one of the moms at the school was a professional photographer who would take pictures at every event we had. We were allowed to repost those photos on our Facebooks (yep, high schoolers used to use Facebook) and Instagrams, but we had to give her credit.
Our God is a great God. David praises God and says:
The king rejoices in your strength, Lord.
How great is his joy in the victories you give!
You have granted him his heart’s desire
and have not withheld the request of his lips.
You came to greet him with rich blessings
and placed a crown of pure gold on his head.
He asked you for life, and you gave it to him—
length of days, for ever and ever.
Through the victories you gave, his glory is great;
you have bestowed on him splendor and majesty.
Surely you have granted him unending blessings
and made him glad with the joy of your presence.
David wants to give God all the credit. God is the one who gives victories. God is the one who answers prayers. God is the one gives us life.
We live in a world where everyone wants credit for their accomplishments, but do we give the credit to God? God is the one who created us to be talented in the ways that we are. God is the one who gives us victories. Do we give Him credit? It may sound funny to give credit to God for being good at basketball or good at singing, but He is the one who created us in our own unique way.
But also, when good things happen to us, give praise and thanks to God. When God does lift us up and give us victories in life, it isn't because we "deserve it," but it's because God gives us undeserved blessings, also called "grace." When we receive these undeserved blessings, it is almost always so we can in turn bless others. God wants us to be generous with the good things He gives us.
Challenge: What are the good things God has given you? What are the "wins" God has given you recently? Give God praise and thanks for that. Ask Him to help you see ways to be generous with what He has given you.