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Matthew Henry

Matthew Henry's Complete Commentary - Psalms 21:7-13

The psalmist, having taught his people to look back with joy and praise on what God had done for him and them, here teaches them to look forward with faith, and hope, and prayer, upon what God would further do for them: The king rejoices in God (Ps. 21:1), and therefore we will be thankful; the king trusteth in God (21:7), therefore will we be encouraged. The joy and confidence of Christ our King is the ground of all our joy and confidence. I. They are confident of the stability of David's... read more

John Gill

John Gills Exposition of the Bible Commentary - Psalms 21:7

For the King trusteth in the Lord ,.... That is, the King Messiah, as the Targum paraphrases it; he trusted in the Lord for his support and sustenance as man, for assistance and help in his time of trouble, and for deliverance out of it; he trusted in the Lord that he would hear him for himself, and for his people; and that he would glorify him with all glory, honour, majesty, and blessedness, before spoken of; see Psalm 22:8 ; and through the mercy of the most High he shall not be... read more

Adam Clarke

Adam Clarke's Commentary on the Bible - Psalms 21:7

The king trusteth in the Lord - It was not by my skill or valor that I have gained this victory, but by faith in the strong protecting, and conquering arm of Jehovah. He shall not be moved - Perhaps this may be best understood of him who was David's prototype. His throne, kingdom, and government, shall remain for ever. read more

John Calvin

John Calvin's Commentary on the Bible - Psalms 21:7

Verse 7 7.For the king trusteth. Here again the pious Israelites glory that their king shall be established, because he relies upon God; and they express at the same time how he relies upon him, namely, by hope or trust. I read the whole verse as one sentence, so that there is but one principal verb, and explain it thus:- The king, as he places by faith his dependence on God and his goodness, will not be subject to the disasters which overthrow the kingdoms of this world. Moreover, as we have... read more

Spence, H. D. M., etc.

The Pulpit Commentary - Psalms 21:1-13

A royal thanksgiving for answers to prayer. (For a day of national thanksgiving.) We fail to see, in the structure of this psalm, sufficient indications of its being the counterpart of the preceding one, to lead us to call it a Te Deum , to be sung on returning from battle as victor. It would equally well suit other occasions on which the grateful hearts of king and people desired to render praises in the house of God for mercies received; e.g. Psalms 21:4 : would be equally... read more

Spence, H. D. M., etc.

The Pulpit Commentary - Psalms 21:1-13

Let the children of Zion be joyful in their King. This psalm concerns the king. But the question is which king? It may have been David. There is much that might apply to him. Perhaps on his recovery from some sickness, or on his return from some signal victory over his enemies, or on the occasion of his birthday or some great anniversary, David and his people may have rejoiced before the Lord with the voice of joy and praise. But a greater than David is here. If the psalm in part is true... read more

Spence, H. D. M., etc.

The Pulpit Commentary - Psalms 21:1-13

Thanksgiving for prayer answered. Close connection between this and the previous psalm—that a prayer for the king; this a thanksgiving that the prayer has been answered. The people speak to God ( Psalms 21:1-7 ); then ( Psalms 21:8-12 ) they speak to the king; then in Psalms 21:13 they speak again to God. The occasion of the psalm has been disputed. Some think it is a birthday ode; some, a coronation hymn; and others, a thanksgiving for victory in battle. Let us take it first— I. ... read more

Spence, H. D. M., etc.

The Pulpit Commentary - Psalms 21:7

For the king trusteth in the Lord . This is at once the ground and the result of God' s favour to him. God favours David because of his trust, and David trusts in God because of his favour. The result is that, through the mercy (or, loving-kindness , Revised Version) of the Most High he shall not be moved (comp. Psalms 15:5 ; Psalms 112:6 ). The words appear to denote a conviction, as Professor Alexander says, that David "would never be shaken from his standing in God' s favour."... read more

Albert Barnes

Albert Barnes' Notes on the Whole Bible - Psalms 21:7

For the king - David, the author of the psalm.Trusteth in the Lord - All these blessings have resulted from his confiding in God, and looking to him for his favor and protection.And through the mercy of the Most High - The favor of Him who is exalted above all; the most exalted Being in the universe. The word “mercy” here is equivalent to “favor.” He had already experienced God’s favor; he looked for a continuance of it; and through that favor he was confident that he would never be shaken in... read more

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