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Psalm Twenty One

by Dr. Henry M. Morris

(taken from the Defender's Study Bible)

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To the chief Musician, A Psalm of David.

Psalm 21:1 The king shall joy in thy strength, O LORD; and in thy salvation how greatly shall he rejoice!

Psalm 21:2 Thou hast given him his heart's desire, and hast not withholden the request of his lips. Selah

Psalm 21:3 For thou preventest him with the blessings of goodness: thou settest a crown of pure gold on his head.

preventest. See note on Job 3:12.

Psalm 21:4 He asked life of thee, and thou gavest it him, even length of days for ever and ever.

length of days for ever. This psalm, written by David, has “the king” (Psalm 21:1) as its subject, but it can be applied to King David only in a secondary sense. Its primary fulfillment is the resurrection of the Lord Jesus, King of kings, never to die again.

Psalm 21:5 His glory is great in thy salvation: honour and majesty hast thou laid upon him.

Psalm 21:6 For thou hast made him most blessed for ever: thou hast made him exceeding glad with thy countenance.

Psalm 21:7 For the king trusteth in the LORD, and through the mercy of the most High he shall not be moved.

Psalm 21:8 Thine hand shall find out all thine enemies: thy right hand shall find out those that hate thee.

Psalm 21:9 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.

Psalm 21:10 Their fruit shalt thou destroy from the earth, and their seed from among the children of men.

Psalm 21:11 For they intended evil against thee: they imagined a mischievous device, which they are not able to perform.

Psalm 21:12 Therefore shalt thou make them turn their back, when thou shalt make ready thine arrows upon thy strings against the face of them.

Psalm 21:13 Be thou exalted, LORD, in thine own strength: so will we sing and praise thy power.