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(To the chief Musician, A Psalm of David.) 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.

12 Therefore 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.

Commentary for Psalms 21

Thanksgiving for victory. (1-6) Confidence of further success. (7-13)

1-6 Happy the people whose king makes God's strength his confidence, and God's salvation his joy; who is pleased with all the advancements of God kingdom, and trusts God to support him in all he does for the service of it. All our blessings are blessings of goodness, and are owing, not to any merit of ours, but only to God's goodness. But when God's blessings come sooner, and prove richer than we imagine; when they are given before we prayed for them, before we were ready for them, nay, when we feared the contrary; then it may be truly said that he prevented, or went before us, with them. Nothing indeed prevented, or went before Christ, but to mankind never was any favour more preventing than our redemption by Christ. Thou hast made him to be a universal, everlasting blessing to the world, in whom the families of the earth are, and shall be blessed; and so thou hast made him exceeding glad with the countenance thou hast given to his undertaking, and to him in the prosecution of it. The Spirit of prophecy rises from what related to the king, to that which is peculiar to Christ; none other is blessed for ever, much less a blessing for ever.

7-13 The psalmist teaches to look forward with faith, and hope, and prayer upon what God would further do. The success with which God blessed David, was a type of the total overthrow of all Christ's enemies. Those who might have had Christ to rule and save them, but rejected him and fought against him, shall find the remembrance of it a worm that dies not. God makes sinners willing by his grace, receives them to his favour, and delivers them from the wrath to come. May he exalt himself, by his all-powerful grace, in our hearts, destroying all the strong-holds of sin and Satan. How great should be our joy and praise to behold our Brother and Friend upon the throne, and for all the blessings we may expect from him! yet he delights in his exalted state, as enabling him to confer happiness and glory on poor sinners, who are taught to love and trust in him.

Commentary by Matthew Henry, 1710.

Discussion for Psalms 21

  • Inez
    I love this Psalm 21 and I read often. This Psalms came to me in a dream one night where a lady told me to stand and read it in a church. After I woke up the morning I look up the Psalm and read it frequently.
  • Aldrena long
  • Mild Bill
    The strength of God is unlimited, eternal, in opposition to his enemies and to the good for his believers.Our King, the Lord Jesus has won for us salvation. We will indeed sing of him and praise him.
  • Marcia
    Psalm 21, Instills in me to pray for our present President of the USA and our new incoming President as well. God loves us all and he can be our strength if we desire to know him by heart, and we in turn should love all people. We love God because He first Loved Us. God is my Strength.
  • Marleen Burchfield
    Psalms 21 is filled with promises and gives me encouragement that evil shall not prevail. Also is a prayer.
  • Patricia
    To me it means strength,and Gods promise to protect us from evil.
  • Harry Freddes Heath III
    When I go wrong stick to 21palsms an try more
  • TiffanyNewMoney
    Psalm 21 Is a Psalm Of Pure Strength
  • Larry
    3 For thou preventest him with the blessings of goodness: thou settest a crown of pure gold on his head. Re: Verse 3, David, like all of us, was on the path to Hell but the goodness of God prevented that Romans 2:4
  • Charmaine campbell
    Whenever you trust in the Lord he will make your enemy your footstool. Whenever, you trust in him he will bring everything to pass

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