Psalms 21:1



The Bible says in Psalms 21:1, “The king shall joy in thy strength, O LORD; and in thy salvation how greatly shall he rejoice.” This verse gives two reasons to rejoice: thankfulness for God’s strength and God’s salvation. God’s strength is the Almighty power. God has the power to do anything. And that power is made available to us. Do not forget that. That is why Jesus said, “With men it is impossible, but not with God. With God all things are possible.” Of course, we rejoice in the salvation that Jesus has given to us. He paid his precious blood. He gave us heaven when we deserve hell. We will be in the wonders and glories of heaven forever and ever.


The Bible says in Psalms 21:2, “Thou hast given him his heart’s desire, and hast not withholden the request of his lips.” God answers prayer. That is one of the things to be thankful about. God listens to us. God loves us. God gives us our heart’s desire because He cares about us and us kind towards us.


The Bible says in Psalms 21:3, “For thou preventest him with the blessings of goodness; thou settest a crown of pure gold on his head.” God is good, and therefore, God constantly does good things for His children. “Every good gift descends from the father in heaven.” King David wrote in Psalms 23:6, “Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the day of my life…” David was a king. He had a crown of gold upon his head. David knew that God had put David in this position. Also, this symbolizes the fact that God gives great authority to His children. We are sons and daughters of the King. He shares His authority with us. We shall judge the nations. We shall rule in the kingdom of God with Christ.


The Bible says in Psalms 21:4, “He asked life of thee, and thou gavest it him, even length of days for ever and ever.” What kind of life did David ask for: life that lasts “for ever and ever.” That is how you get eternal life. You simply ask the Lord for it. That is what one of the thieves crucified next to Christ asked for. He turned to Jesus and said, “Remember me when you come to your kingdom.” Jesus replied, “This day shall you be with me in paradise.” David knew that he had eternal life. David had the assurance of his salvation. If you know what the Bible says about salvation: that salvation is by faith in Christ and faith alone, and you know that you have called upon the name of Jesus to be saved, then you should have the same assurance that David had. You will live forever in heaven.


The Bible says in Psalms 21:5, “His glory is great in thy salvation: honor and majesty hast thou laid upon him.” This verse is another way of stating David’s thankfulness that God has given him eternal life, and thankfulness that God takes care of David in this life. Those who believe in Jesus have a “great” salvation. There is nothing greater or more important than being saved. Until we get to heaven, those in this life have “honor and majesty.” God showers us with blessings because we are His children. Every Christian should make sure that he or she uses those blessings to serve the Savior and bring glory to His name.


The Bible says in Psalms 21:6, “For thou hast made him most blessed forever: thou hast made him exceeding glad with thy countenance.” Once again David expresses his appreciation for being “blessed forever.” Notice the specific description of the blessing that David is talking about here: “exceeding glad with thy countenance.” What makes David happy is his relationship with the Lord. True religion is a relationship with the one true God through faith in Jesus. If you know what it means to enjoy fellowship with Jesus, then you know one of the great blessings from God. You can walk with Jesus. You can have Jesus as your best friend and constant companion.


The Bible says in Psalms 21:7, “For the king trusteth in the LORD, and through the mercy of the most High he shall not be moved.” Concerning all the blessings that David had, those promised forever and those in this present life, David knew that it was only because of the mercy of God. Thank God for His mercy through the Savior Jesus Christ. Without God’s mercy, we not only would have no blessings, but we would have hope for nothing but hell forever. If you have not experienced God’s mercy, then turn to Jesus while there is time.


The Bible says in Psalms 21:8, “Thine hand shall find out all thine enemies: thy right hand shall find out all those that hate thee.” It seems unbelievable that there are people who are the enemies of God. A mere human being against God: guess who is going to lose that one? There are people who hate God. That is one reason that people join false weird cults and who are atheists: hatred for God. One of the problems in our country is that our leaders have let those who hate God decide things such as removing Bible, prayer, and the mention of Christian teachings from schools.


What will happen to those who are the enemies of God? The Bible says in Psalms 21:9-12, “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.” Verse nine speaks of “a fiery oven” and “the fire.” This is a statement about hell, which is the destiny of all the ungodly. But when will that happen? On an individual basis, only God knows the appointed time for each person. David calls it “the time of thine anger” and “his wrath.” It will come. It is the destiny of all those who do not believe in Jesus.


God will not only destroy the souls of those who are ungodly, but God will also destroy the results of their lives. People work so hard to make the history books or at least to accomplish something that they consider important. They seek power, and houses, and lands; and some get those things in this life. But it will be all for nothing. It says in verse 10, “Their fruit shalt thou destroy from the earth.” Of course, the ungodly think that when they die that at least they will leave these things for their heirs: wrong. God will also destroy “their seed.” It will be as though the wicked never even existed. God will fix everything because of the power of Christ. Notice also that it says in verse 12, “thou shalt make ready thine arrows upon thy strings…” God has bent His bow and made it ready. He has one arrow for each of the ungodly. When God lets the arrow go, it will reach its target immediately with deadly accuracy. There is one chance for the ungodly: repent and turn to Jesus.


The Bible says in Psalms 21:13, “Be thou exalted, LORD, in thine own strength: so will we sing and praise thy power.” David praises God for who God is, knowing what God will do in the future. Never forget that our God is the God of strength and of power: all power. We will see Jesus do great things because we will be there with Him. Our enemies have no chance. We will pray for them and be kind to them, but the day if judgment is coming.




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