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William Nicoll

Expositor's Bible Commentary - Psalms 21:1-13

Psalms 21:1-13This psalm is a pendant to the preceding. There the people prayed for the king; here they give thanks for him: there they asked that his desires might be fulfilled; here they bless Jehovah, who has fulfilled them: there the battle was impending; here it has been won, though foes are still in the field: there the victory was prayed for; here it is prophesied. Who is the "king"? The superscription points to David. Conjecture has referred to Hezekiah, principally because of his... read more

Arno Clemens Gaebelein

Arno Gaebelein's Annotated Bible - Psalms 21:1-13

Psalms 21:0 The King’s Glory Anticipated and Contemplated 1. The King’s power, glory and salvation (Psalms 21:1-6 ) 2. His victory over the enemies (Psalms 21:7-13 ) Psalms 21:1-6 . This is another Messianic Psalm in anticipation of the glory of the King. The prayers He offered up are all answered. (See Psalms 20:4 ) He shares the strength of Jehovah as the Risen and Exalted One. The desire of His heart is fulfilled, as it will be when the kingly crown of pure gold is set upon His head,... read more

James Gray

James Gray's Concise Bible Commentary - Psalms 21:1-13

Psalms 18:0 A song of victory. It opens with ejaculatory expressions of triumph for deliverance. All nature is described as convulsed when the Almighty presses to the rescue. The next division is meditation on the principles involved, the whole closing with a further outburst of triumph and confidence. 2 Samuel 22:0 is a copy of this ode saying a few variations, and the student is referred to our treatment of it at that place. Psalms 19:0 God’s revelation in the world and in the Word. We have a... read more

Robert Hawker

Hawker's Poor Man's Commentary - Psalms 21:7-12

I do not interrupt the reading of these verses, that I may not swell the Commentary unnecessarily: they all refer to one and the same thing. The King Mediator having, by his own personal victories, established his kingdom, and committed his church into the hands of his Father, now being returned to glory (see John 17:11 , etc.), is assured that his church and redeemed shall be preserved in the earth, until their time comes to follow him to his kingdom. Hence all the different expressions... read more

George Haydock

George Haydock's Catholic Bible Commentary - Psalms 21:7

No man. Hebrew ish, "a great man," vir, (Montanus) so far from being treated as a nobleman, I am not even respected as one of the meanest of men, ( adam. ) (Haydock) --- "Why not a man?" says St. Augustine, "because he is God. Why a worm? because a mortal, born of the flesh, without generation." The ancient naturalists supposed that worms were not generated; and though this be now deemed inaccurate, the Fathers applied this notion to confirm the doctrine of our Saviour's being born of a... read more

Matthew Henry

Matthew Henry's Concise Commentary on the Bible - Psalms 21:7-13

7-13 The psalmist teaches to look forward with faith, and hope, and prayer upon what God would further do. The success with which God blessed David, was a type of the total overthrow of all Christ's enemies. Those who might have had Christ to rule and save them, but rejected him and fought against him, shall find the remembrance of it a worm that dies not. God makes sinners willing by his grace, receives them to his favour, and delivers them from the wrath to come. May he exalt himself, by his... read more

Paul E. Kretzmann

The Popular Commentary by Paul E. Kretzmann - Psalms 21:1-7

A Prayer of Thanksgiving for Victory. Thanksgiving for the Great Victory. To the chief musician, a psalm of David, probably composed after his return from a victorious campaign, but certainly typifying and prophesying the great victory of Christ over all the enemies of mankind. v. 1. The king shall joy in Thy strength, O Lord, rejoicing in the fact that God gave him the strength to subdue the enemies; and in Thy salvation how greatly shall he rejoice! exulting over the deliverance which... read more

Johann Peter Lange

Lange's Commentary on the Holy Scriptures: Critical, Doctrinal and Homiletical - Psalms 21:1-13

Psalms 21:0To the chief Musician, A Psalm of David1          The king shall joy in thy strength, O Lord;And in thy salvation how greatly shall he rejoice!2     Thou hast given him his heart’s desire,And hast not withholden the request of his lips. Selah.3     For thou preventest him with the blessings of goodness:Thou settest a crown of pure gold on his head.4     He asked life of thee, and thou gavest it him,Even length of days for ever and ever.5     His glory is great in thy salvation:Honour... read more

Frederick Brotherton Meyer

F.B. Meyer's 'Through the Bible' Commentary - Psalms 21:1-13

Rejoicing in the Strength of Jehovah Psalms 21:1-13 This is a companion to the psalm preceding. The blessings there asked for are here gladly acknowledged to have been granted; and bright anticipations are entertained for the future. How much of this psalm is true only of the ideal King-our Lord! Let us read it with special reference to Him as He rides forth on His white horse, Revelation 19:11-16 . That which the heart desires, the lips at times find difficulty in expressing. God’s help... read more

G. Campbell Morgan

G. Campbell Morgan's Exposition on the Whole Bible - Psalms 21:1-13

The battle is over, the victory is won, and the assembled people sing the song of victory. This song, while it celebrates one victory, runs beyond it and praises Jehovah for all He has done for the king. They had prayed, "Grant thee thy heart's desire" (20:4). The prayer is answered and now they sing, 'Thou hast given him his heart's desire" (21:2). They had sung of victory because their trust was in the name of Jehovah (20:7,8). Victory has been won and now they celebrate it (21:7-12). The... read more

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