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Thanksgiving and Assurances for the King–Psalm 21

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Thanksgiving and Assurances for the King — Psalm 21

Lord, the king finds joy in Your power;
    in Your victory how greatly he rejoices!
You have granted him his heart’s desire;
    you did not refuse the request of his lips.
Selah
For You welcomed him with goodly blessings;
    you placed on his head a crown of pure gold.
He asked life of You;
    You gave it to him,
    length of days forever.
Great is his glory in Your victory;
    majesty and splendor You confer upon him.
You make him the pattern of blessings forever,
    You gladden him with the joy of Your face.
For the king trusts in the Lord,
    stands firm through the mercy of the Most High.

Your hand will find all Your enemies;
    Your right hand will find Your foes!
10 At the time of Your coming
    You will make them a fiery furnace.
Then the Lord in His anger will consume them,
    devour them with fire.
11 Even their descendants You will wipe out from the earth,
    their offspring from the human race.
12 Though they intend evil against You,
    devising plots, they will not succeed,
13 For You will put them to flight;
    You will aim at their faces with Your bow.

14 Arise, Lord, in Your power!
    We will sing and chant the praise of Your might.


The first part of Psalm 21 is a praise of thanksgiving (v 2-8); the second part is a promise that the king will triumph over his enemies … with God’s anointing (v 9-13). The king’s confident prayer and trust in God (v 3-5, 8) enable him to receive the divine gifts of vitality, peace, political and military success he was looking for.

In this hymn of thanksgiving, a sequel to Psalm 20, the strength, wisdom and success of King David rested solely in his trust of God — and ours rests in the same. In times when things are uncertain, we must always go back to what David (and all our forefathers) knew — to trust God. God knows all things. He knows what will happen, how it will happen and why. Worry, stress and trying to do things in our own might will not do anything except for delay the inevitable … God’s will. So the next time you are feeling stressed and confused, read this Psalm and prayerfully meditate on King David’s faith — the faith we are called to have today. Turn to God and trust Him with everything.


What does it mean to trust in God?

When we truly trust God, we bring all our worries and our troubles to the foot of the cross and we leave them there. We trust Jesus at His Word that He will take care of all of our needs. Whatever we are suffering through, in the end, can be used for our good and His ultimate glory if we trust Him.

What does the Bible say about trust in God?

“Trust in the Lord with all your heart, on your own intelligence do not rely; In all your ways be mindful of Him, and He will make straight your paths” -Prov. 3:5-6.

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