Psalm 21 is the sequel to chapter 20. In this chapter, they are rejoicing and giving praise to God because of answered prayers that they prayed in chapter 20.
The last verse in Psalm 20 is petitioning God to save the king. It says, “Save, Lord: let the king hear us when we call.” Not only did He save their king, but they are now thriving.
The Lord’s dealing with the king
The Lord and the leader v. 1-7
The king shall joy in thy strength, O Lord; and in thy salvation how greatly shall he rejoice! Thou hast given him his heart’s desire, and hast not withholden the request of his lips. Selah. Psalm 20:1-2
Joy is present right away.
He is rejoicing in God’s strength and in God’s salvation. David Guzik remarks that this joy is passionate. Spurgeon said, “Our joy should have some sort of inexpressibleness in it.” Do others see your passionate joy in what God has done for you?
As a believer, we too should be seeing answered prayers in our lives. We should have a vibrant prayer life. When those prayers are answered, an unstoppable joy fills our souls when we experience God working on our behalf although we are so unworthy. If we are not experiencing any answered requests, David Guzik shares a list of reasons why that may be happening.
For thou preventest him with the blessings of goodness: thou settest a crown of pure gold on his head. He asked life of thee, and thou gavest it him, even length of days for ever and ever. Ps. 21:3-4
“Preventest” — God meets us, comes at us, with His goodness. We do not have to go searching for God’s goodness to us. God comes to us. Here are just a few ways that God’s goodness and grace comes to meet us:
- The grace of His love loves us before we ever loved Him.
- The grace of restraint keeps us back from committing sins that would put us even more out of reach of the Gospel.
- The grace of salvation comes out to meet us, bringing us the goodness of God and making able to receive the Gospel.
- The grace of ministry prepares us a thousand ways for what God has for us in the future.
- The grace of service prepares the ground where we work before we ever get there. from David Guzik on Blue Letter Bible
His glory is great in thy salvation: honour and majesty hast thou laid upon him. For thou hast made him most blessed for ever: thou hast made him exceeding glad with thy countenance. Ps. 21:5-6
Any honor and majesty that we ever receive is directly because of the blessing God has placed upon our lives. God bestows all good things on our life.
“Countenance” — God’s presence. God blessed the king with His presence; which makes the king glad. There is no greater blessing than to have God’s presence and favor. He, the Blesser, is greater than the blessing.
The Lord bless thee, and keep thee:
The Lord make his face shine upon thee, and be gracious unto thee:
The Lord lift up his countenance (presence) upon thee, and give thee peace. Numbers 6:24-26
The presence of God is the ultimate blessing. This we should be truly thankful for, and remember that when all else seems to go wrong, we still have the presence of God, which is all we need.
For the king trusteth in the Lord, and through the mercy of the most High he shall not be moved. Psalm 21:7
David, the king, has stability. He placed his trust in the right source — in the Lord; not in chariots. Now he has security. No matter what is going on, we are given stability and safety in Him. He is our solid Rock; He will never leave us nor forsake us.
The Lord’s dealing with the enemy
Thine hand shall find out all thine enemies: thy right hand shall find out those that hate thee. 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. Their fruit shalt thou destroy from the earth, and their seed from among the children of men. For they intended evil against thee: they imagined a mischievous device, which they are not able to perform. Therefore shalt thou make them turn their back, when thou shalt make ready thine arrows upon thy strings against the face of them. Psalm 21:8-12
The enemy will be found out. They will be destroyed. God knows who are His true friends, and who just act like it. The evil plans against God’s people will result in nothing. God will strike the enemies. The plans of God’s enemies will ultimately fail.
Be thou exalted, Lord, in thine own strength: so will we sing and praise thy power. Psalm 21:13
After seeing how God has protected the king and defeated their enemies, the people rejoice again because of the answered prayers of Psalm 20. Here they are rejoicing together. We need to rejoice together in the goodness of God.
All of God’s children are kings and priests unto to God. (Revelation 5:10) We are to reign in this life having no fear of personal shortcomings. We are children of the King, and we should live like children of the King.
When we realize we are saturated with the goodness of God, we should never have to fear. We should reign on this earth, not being afraid to take risks for God.
No one likes to have enemies; but by our new nature being formed in the image of God, we have an enemy. 2 Timothy 3:12 says:
Yea, and all that will live godly in Christ Jesus shall suffer persecution.
When we have enemies because of our godly living, we can take courage that God will take care of those enemies.
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