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Dave Burnette's Commentary

Psalm Chapter 21

Written By: God through Inspiration
Penned By: David, Asaph, Solomon, Heman, Ethan, Moses, and the Sons of Korah
Date Penned: (1440-586 BC)
Overview: Poetry for the Expression of Praise and Worship to God (c 1-150)
Theme: The First Book of Psalms (c 1-41)
Message: Praising God After Victory (v 1-13)

Psalms 21 Commentary

(21:1-6) Gifts From God - David described all that he had as gifts from God: his heart's desire, the blessings of goodness, a golden crown, long life, honor and majesty, eternal blessings, gladness. We, too, should look upon all we have--family, talent, position, possessions--as gifts from God. Only then will we use them to give glory back to him and to help and bless others.

(21:7) Leadership - A good leader trusts the Lord and depends upon his unfailing love. Too often leaders trust in their own cleverness, popular support, or power. But God is above all these "gods." If you aspire to leadership, keep the Lord God at the center of your policies, strategies, and planning. Then you will be known as a leader who is good and does what is right, and you will not be shaken when challenges come your way.

(21:7) God Protects David - Because David trusted in God, God would not let him be moved (that is, be removed from the throne). When we trust in God, we have permanence and stability. We may lose a great deal--families, jobs, material possessions -but we cannot lose God's favor. He will be our foundation of solid rock. He will never leave or desert us.

(21:8) God Will Intervene - When you see terrible schemes unfold and hear of vicious attacks, remember that evil people will not succeed forever. The power of evildoers is only temporary, and God's very presence would send them scattering in a moment. God, according to his plan and purpose, will intervene for his people and give the wicked the judgment they deserve. We should not be dismayed when we see the temporary advantage God's enemies seem to have.

Dave Burnette's Life Application

Praise the Lord

Each day we walk through the Bible chapter by chapter, making application of our text to help us grow in the Lord. Many applications can be made from each day's text. Today we continue in the Book of Psalm with Chapter 21. In our text today, we see a theme of Praising God after he gives us victory. Here David gives an open spoken Testimony of what God did and how he gave us victory. In making an application, we see the need to praise the Lord. Praise Him with spoken words of the testimony of how God is working in our lives, giving us the strength for victory as he holds our enemies. When we praise the Lord, we humble ourselves and lift Him up. When the Lord is lifted up, it draws men to Him. How about you? Do you praise the Lord when he gives you victory? Let us learn from our Psalm and text today to follow the instruction of David by giving God the Praise He is worthy of receiving.


Psalm 21

Psalm 21

 1The king shall joy in thy strength, O LORD; and in thy salvation how greatly shall he rejoice!

 2Thou hast given him his heart's desire, and hast not withholden the request of his lips. Selah.

 3For thou preventest him with the blessings of goodness: thou settest a crown of pure gold on his head.

 4He asked life of thee, and thou gavest it him, even length of days for ever and ever.

 5His glory is great in thy salvation: honour and majesty hast thou laid upon him.

 6For thou hast made him most blessed for ever: thou hast made him exceeding glad with thy countenance.

 7For the king trusteth in the LORD, and through the mercy of the most High he shall not be moved.

 8Thine hand shall find out all thine enemies: thy right hand shall find out those that hate thee.

 9Thou 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.

 10Their fruit shalt thou destroy from the earth, and their seed from among the children of men.

 11For they intended evil against thee: they imagined a mischievous device, which they are not able to perform.

 12Therefore shalt thou make them turn their back, when thou shalt make ready thine arrows upon thy strings against the face of them.

 13Be thou exalted, LORD, in thine own strength: so will we sing and praise thy power.