Psalm 21 Meaning - Verse by Verse Explanation from Bible

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Discover Psalm 21 Commentary in detail, with their Bible study and explained, as well as their meaning in the Catholic Bible among others.

Psalm 21-1

The king rejoices in your power, O Lord;
and in your salvation, how he rejoices!

Psalm 21-2

You have granted him the desire of his heart
and did not deny him the request of his lips. Selah

Psalm 21-3

Because you have met him with blessings of good;
Crown of fine gold you have put on his head.

Psalm 21-4

Life he asked of you, and you gave it to him,
length of days forever and ever.

Psalm 21-5

Great is his glory in your salvation;
Honor and majesty have placed upon him.

Psalm 21-6

Because you have blessed him forever;
you filled him with joy with your face.

Psalm 21-7

Because the king trusts in the Lord,
and by the mercy of the Most High he will not be removed.

Psalm 21-8

Your hand will find out all your enemies;
your right hand will reach out to those who hate you.

Psalm 21-9

You will make them like a fiery furnace in the time of your anger;
The Lord will devour them in his fury,
and the fire will consume them.

Psalm 21-10

Their fruit you will destroy from the earth,
and their offspring from among the sons of men.

Psalm 21-11

Because they tried evil against you;
They hatched machinations, but they will not prevail,

Psalm 21-12

for you will put them to flight;
in your strings you will arrange arrows against their faces.

Psalm 21-13

Be exalted, O Lord, in your power;
we will sing and praise your might.

Psalm 21 Meaning

The meaning of Psalm 21



 is very interesting, in this Psalm we can see how to feel the love and enjoyment that Salvation can mean. The psalm is presented in a continuous joy where its greatest enjoyment lies in explaining how love for God can be a path full of life and constant happiness.

Psalm 21 Commentary

This psalm goes hand in hand with Psalm 20. In Psalm 20, David is singing to the Lord before going to war. In Psalm 21, David is singing to the Lord after he has gone to war. In Psalm 20, David is trusting God to give him victory in war. In Psalm 21, David is celebrating the victory that God gave him in war. We can well say then that Psalm 21 is a hymn of thanksgiving. Needless to say, David is the author of Psalm 21. The overwriting of this psalm confirms it. Having said that, let’s go on to do a brief analysis of the first seven verses of this hymn of thanksgiving.

What we find here are the things that David delighted in. As you know, David was the king of Israel. As a king, he had many things that he could delight in. Perhaps in his own power, or in his military conquests, or in his wealth, or in his wisdom, or in pleasure, etc. I imagine he found delight in some of these things, but nothing delighted him as much as what is mentioned in this scripture.

First of all, David delighted in the power of God.

The first part of Psalm 21: 1 says:

“The king rejoices in your power, O Jehovah.”



What happens is that David found in Jehovah all the power he needed to face life with a guarantee of success. By the power of God, David was able to rule successfully. By the power of God, David was able to face his enemies. By the power of God, David was able to endure the difficult trials that came to his life. Without the power of God, David felt totally helpless. That is why he is saying that he rejoices in the power of God.

If you are a child of God, the Bible says that you are a king. As a king, you should rejoice or delight in the power of God, because by the power of God you can live fully in this world. By the power of God, you can confront those who attack your faith. By the power of God you can be a living witness for God. By the power of God you can successfully face the trials that come your way.

The question is: Are you rejoicing in the power of God?

Perhaps you will answer me by saying that you did not even know that there is something called the power of God. If that is the case, I invite you to trust Christ as your Savior and you will automatically have the opportunity to experience the power of God in your life. It will not be a power to do supernatural things, as some are proclaiming, but a power to defeat sin in your life, a power to face those who oppose God, a power to testify for Christ, a power to face death with hope.

Second, David delighted in God’s protection.

The second part of Psalm 21: 1 says,

“And in your salvation, how rejoicing!”

When David speaks of salvation, we must understand that he is referring mainly to the protection he received from God to overcome his enemies. Remember that David is singing to God for the victory God gave him in the war against his enemies. But it is no less true that salvation can also be understood in a more general sense.

Salvation can also be understood in the sense of liberation from the penalty of sin, liberation from the 


power of sin, 
and liberation from the presence of sin..

Salvation can also be understood in the sense of avoiding going to hell and dwelling in heaven for eternity. Those of us who have received Christ are saved in this sense. This should be more than enough reason to feel joyful. Do you delight in your salvation? When you think about your salvation, do you experience joy so sublime that tears unintentionally come to your eyes? Please God yes. Never stop marveling at your salvation and never stop praising God for your salvation. As he thought of his salvation: Oswald Smith wrote these heartfelt words: “Gratitude is in my soul today, and praise to Jesus; by his grace to glory I go, rejoicing in the light. Great joy, how beautiful! I spend all the time very happy, because I see Christ’s smiling face, I feel great joy in myself “

Third, David delighted in God’s provision.

Psalm 21: 2-6 says:

“You have granted him the desire of his heart, and you did not deny him the request of his lips. Selah. Because you have met him with blessings of good; a crown of fine gold you have placed on his head He demanded life, and you gave it to him; length of days forever and ever. Great is his glory in your salvation; honor and majesty you have placed upon him. For you have blessed him forever; you have filled him with joy with your presence. “



After delighting in God’s power and God’s protection, David goes on to delight in God’s provision. God had been as good to David as He is to us. God had granted her heart’s desire. The reason is simple. What happens is that the desire of the heart of David was the same desire of the heart of God. The two were tuned to the same frequency. If you want God to fulfill the desires of your heart, you must have in your heart what is God’s will. God had not denied the request from David’s lips. David prayed and God did what David asked.

The reason is because David prayed for the things that were God’s will. If you ask God what God’s will is, the Bible says that God will do what you ask. The key is to ask for the things God wants us to ask for. This is achieved in the intimate communion that we must have with him. God had come out to meet David with blessing. God’s word says that God’s blessing enriches her and does not add sadness with her.

This was the blessing that God brought upon David.

In the passage we also find that David asked God for life and length of days. God responded to David by granting him life and allowing David to reach old age before he died. At this point it is necessary to point out that Psalm 21 becomes prophetic when it speaks that God gave David length of days eternally and forever.

This prophecy was partially fulfilled in David when he lived to his old age, but at some point he died. The prophecy was fully fulfilled in Christ when he was resurrected and lives for eternity. This is why Psalm 21 is considered a messianic psalm, inasmuch as it contains prophecy about some aspect of the life of Christ. Returning to David, when he reflected on the blessings received, he was filled with joy and delighted in God’s provision.

God is a God who provides. One of his names is Jehovah Jireh, which meansGod provides. Do you trust this God? It may be that today you find yourself in the midst of great need of any kind. Don’t despair, just trust. Trust Jehovah Jireh. The God who provides and like David, delight in God’s provision.



Fourth and last, David delighted in the permanence that God gave him.

Psalm 21: 7 says,

“Because the king trusts in the Lord and in the mercy of the Most High, he will not be moved.”

Everything in the world is temporary. There is nothing permanent in the world. To find something permanent it is necessary to look outside the world and there is the person of God. Those who put their trust in God and rest in the mercy of the Most High will never be shaken.

Have you put your trust in God? To do so, you first need to trust Christ as your Savior, because Christ, the Son of God, is the only one who leads us to God. Christ himself said: I am the way, the truth and the life, no one comes to the Father except through me.

Let’s open our Bible to Psalm 21verses 8-13.

By way of introduction let me point out that the author of Psalm 21 is David. In this psalm, we find a song of thanksgiving to God for the victory God granted David over his enemies. In the first part of the psalm, which was the subject of our last Bible study, we find the people of Israel turning to God to thank him for the victory that God gave David. In the second part of the psalm, we find the people turning to David to make a vivid account of how his enemies were defeated before him by the power of God.



Something that we must take into account is also the fact that Psalm 21 is a messianic psalm. This means that prophecies regarding the person and work of Jesus Christ, the Messiah of Israel, appear in the psalm. For this reason, what we find in this psalm may well be the song of thanksgiving for the defeat of Christ’s enemies when he comes to earth the second time. Doing an analysis of the biblical passage that we have for today, we see some steps that David took to defeat his enemies.

First, David caught up with his enemies.

Psalm 21: 8 says,

“Your hand will find out all your enemies; your right hand will find out those who hate you.”

God put David’s enemies at his fingertips, so that David could finish them off. Suddenly, those who hated David were at his right hand. Perhaps David’s enemies thought they would never be overtaken by David and so they took it out on him. But sin is like a boomerang, it always returns to the one who commits it with a host of consequences. That is what happened to the enemies of David and that will also be what happened to the enemies of Christ.

For now, the enemies of Christ mock him, despise him, insult him, offend him, attack his followers, etc. and they think that they will come out safe, but the day is near when the enemies of Christ will be placed at their fingertips.

The day is near when the enemies of Christ will be placed at his right hand.

This will be a day of trouble for the enemies of Christ because it will signify their end. The day is coming when all those who offend Christ Jesus will kneel before him to receive the punishment that their evil deeds deserve.



The day is near when the enemies of Christ will be placed at his right hand. This will be a day of trouble for the enemies of Christ because it will signify their end. The day is coming when all those who offend Christ Jesus will kneel before him to receive the punishment that their evil deeds deserve. The day is near when the enemies of Christ will be placed at his right hand. This will be a day of trouble for the enemies of Christ because it will signify their end. The day is coming when all those who offend Christ Jesus will kneel before him to receive the punishment that their evil deeds deserve.

Second, David rewarded his enemies.

Psalm 21: 9 says:

“You will make them like a fiery furnace in the time of your anger; the Lord will destroy them in his anger, and fire will consume them.”

Once David reached his enemies, he took them and poured out the burning of his anger on them. It is not that David was executing vengeance on his enemies, but that God was executing vengeance on David’s enemies, that is why the text says that Jehovah will destroy them in his anger, and fire will consume them. The same will happen at the second coming of Christ.

A look at the events that will take place at the second coming of Christ shows us that the nations of the earth will unite under the leadership of the Antichrist to wage war on Jesus Christ, who will be about to make his appearance in heaven. The hatred of the enemies of Christ will have reached its highest point. But it will be in these circumstances when Jesus Christ appears in heaven with the sharp sword that comes out of his mouth to strike the nations with it, with the iron rod to rule the nations and with the willingness to tread the winepress of the wine of fury. and from the wrath of Almighty God.



This will be the end for the enemies of Christ. The word of God will literally be fulfilled when the enemies of Christ are put as a fiery furnace and are destroyed in the fire. And if like this wasn’t tragedy enough for them,

Third, David punished the possessions and descendants of the enemies.

Psalm 21:10 says,

“Their fruit you shall destroy from the earth, and their seed from among the children of men.”

The punishment for David’s enemies was total. Neither the possessions nor the descendants of his enemies escaped. So will the punishment also be for the enemies of Christ when Christ comes the second time. There will be nothing left of them. His possessions will be destroyed and his offspring will be cut off from the earth. It is a very serious thing to become an enemy of Christ.

Fourth, David scattered his enemies.

Psalm 21: 11-12 says:

“Because they have tried evil against you; they hatched schemes, but they will not prevail, for you will put them to flight; in your strings you will set arrows against their faces”

Before being caught up and punished, David’s enemies were scattered. In this way they lost the strength of the unit. The enemies thought to do evil to David and their evil was cunningly planned, but despite this, God thwarted the evil plans of the enemies and David put them to flight. Later David caught up with them and punished them. It was as if the arrows that David and his army fired were automatically aimed at the enemy’s faces. It will be the same when Christ comes the second time to earth.



The enemies of Christ will think to do evil against Christ. Evil will be cunningly planned by the Antichrist. But God will disrupt the power of the evil one and the Antichrist and the enemies of Christ will try to flee from before Christ. It will be then that a fierce slaughter ensues. It will be there when the very weapons that the enemies of Christ thought to use against him will turn against themselves to kill them. You don’t play with God. It will be there when the very weapons that the enemies of Christ thought to use against him will turn against themselves to kill them. You don’t play with God. It will be there when the very weapons that the enemies of Christ thought to use against him will turn against themselves to kill them. You don’t play with God.

Looking at the way God crushed David’s enemies, the people burst out praising Jehovah.

Psalm 21: 13 says:

” Rise up, O Lord, in your power, sing and praise your might.”

The victory over the enemies was not by the power of David. It was not the result of his intelligence. It was not the result of the weapons of war that he possessed. It was the result of David trusting God. Therefore, it is God who has all the glory in this. The people recognize it and praise God saying: Be exalted, O Lord in your power. The people, with David at the head as king, only limited themselves to singing and praising the might of God. At the second coming of Christ there will also be praise to God. Those redeemed by Christ, those who refused the mark of Antichrist and survived the tribulation judgments will worship God for having crushed their enemies. Thus ends this precious psalm.



By way of application I would like to encourage you with the fact that your enemies are not going to prevail forever. At some point God is going to give you the payment you deserve for having thought to do wrong against you. As this happens, don’t be discouraged by the apparent success of your enemies. Don’t take justice into your hands. Don’t seek revenge. Just put your cause in God’s hands. It will be God who takes care of his enemies at the right time. In the meantime, just trust Him.

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