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Psalm 21

Thanksgiving for Victory

To the leader. A Psalm of David.


In your strength the king rejoices, O L ord,

and in your help how greatly he exults!


You have given him his heart’s desire,

and have not withheld the request of his lips. Selah


For you meet him with rich blessings;

you set a crown of fine gold on his head.


He asked you for life; you gave it to him—

length of days forever and ever.


His glory is great through your help;

splendor and majesty you bestow on him.


You bestow on him blessings forever;

you make him glad with the joy of your presence.


For the king trusts in the L ord,

and through the steadfast love of the Most High he shall not be moved.



Your hand will find out all your enemies;

your right hand will find out those who hate you.


You will make them like a fiery furnace

when you appear.

The L ord will swallow them up in his wrath,

and fire will consume them.


You will destroy their offspring from the earth,

and their children from among humankind.


If they plan evil against you,

if they devise mischief, they will not succeed.


For you will put them to flight;

you will aim at their faces with your bows.



Be exalted, O L ord, in your strength!

We will sing and praise your power.

5. His glory is great. By these words the people intimate that their king, through the protection which God afforded him, and the deliverances which he wrought for him, would become more renowned than if he had reigned in peace with the applause of all men, or had been defended by human wealth and human strength, or, finally, had continued invincible by his own power and policy; for thereby it appeared the more clearly that he had only attained to the royal dignity by the favor, conduct, and commandment of God. The believing Israelites, therefore, leave it to heathen kings to ennoble themselves by their own achievements, and to acquire fame by their own valor; and they set more value upon this, that God graciously showed himself favorable towards their king, 483483     “Que la grace de Dieu se monstre favorable envers leur Roy.” — Fr. than upon all the triumphs of the world. At the same time, they promise themselves such assistance from God as will suffice for adorning the king with majesty and honor.

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