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)

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