A Psalm of Thanksgiving And Praise

In his book “Folk Psalms Of Faith,” Ray Stedman tells of an experience H. A. Ironside had in a crowded restaurant. Just as Ironside was about to begin his meal, a man approached and asked if he could join him. Ironside invited him to have a seat. Then, as was his … More


This psalm is essentially a psalm of thanksgiving and praise after the battle is over and the noise of strife and the drums of war are stilled (vv. 1-6). It is offered to God, by the people on behalf of their king. The dust of conflict has settled and the foe has vanquished. It is a national anthem, a coronation hymn and perhaps was sung at the coronation of David. In a prophetic sense it looks forward to the day when the Lord Jesus will return, put down His foes and cause every knee to bow. David praised God for giving him the desire of his heart (v. 2) and for giving him good things (v. 3).  The reason for deliverance in answer to prayer is that the king trusted in the unfailing love of the Lord and knew that he was secure and could not be shaken.

The outcome of the statement “the king trusteth in the Lord” is found in this next passage (vv. 7-12).  Because the king trusted in the Lord the congregation knew he would defeat his enemies (v. 7). When we trust in God we have permanence and stability. We cannot be shaken from God’s favor. Even though his enemies schemed to overthrow the king, they would turn in fear from before him (v. 12).  Thus the congregation vowed to sing and praise the might and power of the Lord, who alone is to be exalted (v. 13). This concluding doxology describes the strength, the praise, and the power due the Lord God of heaven.


Would my family give testimony to the fact that they feel secure because of my faith and trust in the Lord? There is no greater security for a family than to see their parents reading their Bible, praying and seeking to please the Lord in all that they do.

Psalms 21:1-13 (English Standard Version)

O LORD, in your strength the king rejoices, and in your salvation how greatly he exults! You have given him his heart's desire and have not withheld the request of his lips. For you meet him with rich blessings; you set a crown of fine gold upon his head. He asked life of you; you gave it to him, length of days forever and ever. His glory is great through your salvation; splendor and majesty you bestow on him. For you make him most blessed forever; you make him glad with the joy of your presence. For the king trusts in the LORD, 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 as a blazing oven when you appear. The LORD will swallow them up in his wrath, and fire will consume them. You will destroy their descendants from the earth, and their offspring from among the children of man. Though they plan evil against you, though 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 LORD, in your strength! We will sing and praise your power.

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