Psalm 21: The King Rejoices in the Lord’s Strength

(13 verses, 0:40 to read)


What I am about to READ

Psalm 21 is a psalm of David that gives thanks to God for establishing the strength of the king, which is the strength of the Lord.


The king in this psalm is first and foremost King David, whom God set on the throne of Israel. God worked salvation for David not only in matters of the nation of Israel, establishing rule and peace for David, but also working eternal salvation through God’s promises to David.

This psalm according to Luther is a “prophecy of the kingdom of Christ” (Psalms with Martin Luther p. 29, CPH, 1993.  As this psalm exalts God who makes the king blessed forever it would make sense that this would also be speaking about the coming Christ and his rule over all the earth by grace.

The Lord’s “enemies” (vs. 8) will be swallowed up in the Lord’s wrath, prophesying that great day of the Lord’s return to judge the living and the dead.


Lord God, come and vindicate your people who trust in you.  You are the King of Glory O Christ, you are the Everlasting Son of the Father. Destroy your enemies who exalt their own wisdom and strength and oppress those who trust in your cross.  Amen.


Pr. Ross


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