Psalm 21

Joy in the Salvation of the Lord

To the Chief Musician. A Psalm of David.

1 The king shall have joy in Your strength, O Lord;
And in Your salvation how greatly shall he rejoice!
You have given him his heart’s desire,
And have not withheld the request of his lips. Selah

For You meet him with the blessings of goodness;
You set a crown of pure gold upon his head.
He asked life from You, and You gave it to him—
Length of days forever and ever.
His glory is great in Your salvation;
Honor and majesty You have placed upon him.
For You have made him most blessed forever;
You have made him exceedingly glad with Your presence.
For the king trusts in the Lord,
And through the mercy of the Most High he shall not be moved.

Your hand will find all Your enemies;
Your right hand will find those who hate You.
You shall make them as a fiery oven in the time of Your anger;
The Lord shall swallow them up in His wrath,
And the fire shall devour them.
10 Their offspring You shall destroy from the earth,
And their descendants from among the sons of men.
11 For they intended evil against You;
They devised a plot which they are not able to perform.
12 Therefore You will make them turn their back;
You will make ready Your arrows on Your string toward their faces.

13 Be exalted, O Lord, in Your own strength!
We will sing and praise Your power.

The following commentary is from Warren W. Wiersbe’s book ‘BE Worshipful’.

This is probably the praise hymn David and his people sang after the victories prayed for in Psalm 20 as they celebrated a day of national thanksgiving.  Answered prayer ought to be acknowledged by fervent praise.

      Looking Back: Celebration for Past Victories (vv. 1-7).  The people and their king address the Lord and thank Him for what He did for them in answer to their prayers…..David had prayed that his life be spared (v.4), and the Lord answered him (v.2; 20:1,6).  This blessing was part of God’s covenant with David (2 Sam. 7:16)…..That God goes before His obedient people is a great encouragement (48:14….).  Some students connect the gold crown of verse 3 with Israel’s victory over the Ammonites at Rabbah  ( 2 Sam. 12:26-31), but this victory actually belonged to Joab.  David didn’t join the siege until the very end.  The crown is probably symbolic of God’s special “blessings of goodness” upon David (v. 3).  To David, the victory God gave was like a second coronation, assuring him that he was indeed God’s anointed…..While he reigned, David would not be “shaken” by his enemies, because his faith was in the Lord (v. 7…..).  This declaration of faith is the central verse of the psalm.

      Looking Ahead; Anticipation of Future Victories (vv. 8-12).  The king trusted in the Lord and so did the people, and they affirmed their faith as they addressed these words to the king.  The emphasis is now on the future victories God will give David and Israel because they have faith in the living God…..The nation of Israel and David’s posterity would be preserved (18:50..), but there would be no future for the enemy…..

       Looking Up: Exaltation of the Lord of the Victories (v. 13).  As in 20:9, the psalm concludes with a statement addressed to the Lord and expressing praise for His greatness.  David fought battles and won victories, not to exalt himself, but to magnify the Lord, and his people knew this.  David showed this same spirit as a youth when he killed the giant Goliath…..Psalm 21 closes with the prayer that God would be “lifted up on high: and exalted. 

I wish everyone a very blessed day.

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