Psalm 20 was an intercessory prayer for victory for the king (David) and Psalm 21 is the response of thankfulness to God for victory granted.


Verses 1-6: The psalmist opens by praising Yahweh for glorifying the king and giving him salvation.

Verse 7: He asserts the king’s trust of Yahweh

Verses 8-12: He describes how the king—with Yahweh’s help—will defeat his enemies.

Verse 13: The psalm ends on an enthusiastic note of praise

This Psalm is a Messianic Psalm pointing to Jesus and His victory for us. Jesus saved us from our sins by His sacrifice of Himself on the cross. God raised Him from death and granted Him eternal life (Ps 21:4). As a result of His victory, Jesus now has the authority to give all the blessings He earned to His children. (Ps 21:5-8). With the King, this day, I will trust in the faithful covenantal love (hesed) of God.(Ps 21:7)

But there’s more – this Psalm also speaks of a future day where God will, in Jesus Christ, deal with all his and our enemies. Compare verses 8-12 with Rev 6:16 which says “ they cried to the mountains and the rocks, “Fall on us and hide us from the face of the one who sits on the throne and from the wrath of the Lamb.” Jesus is coming again to judge and destroy His enemies, those who would not trust in Him. Today, if you hear His voice, do not harden your heart. Believe in Him, trust in Him alone. He alone is to be exalted, He is the King of kings and the Lord of lords.



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