The King Rejoices in the Lord's Strength

Psalm 21

To the choirmaster. A Psalm of David.

O Lord, in your z strength the king rejoices,
and in your a salvation how greatly he exults!
2 You have b given him his heart's desire
and have not withheld the request of his lips. Selah
3 For you c meet him with rich blessings;
you set d a crown of e fine gold upon his head.
4 He asked life of you; you f gave it to him,
g length of days forever and ever.
5 His h glory is great through your salvation;
i splendor and majesty you bestow on him.
6 For you make him most blessed forever; 1
you make him glad with the j joy of your presence.
7 For the king trusts in the Lord,
and through the steadfast love of the Most High he shall not be k moved.

8 Your hand will l find out all your enemies;
your right hand will find out those who hate you.
9 You will make them as m a blazing oven
when you appear.
The Lord will swallow them up in his n wrath,
and o fire will consume them.
10 You p will destroy their q descendants from the earth,
and their offspring from among the children of man.
11 Though they plan evil against you,
though they r devise mischief, they will not succeed.
12 For you will put them s to flight;
you will t aim at their faces with your bows.

13 Be exalted, O Lord, in your strength!
We will sing and praise your power.

  1. Cross References
    Psalms 8:2
    Out of the mouth of babies and infants, you have established strength because of your foes, to still the enemy and the avenger.
    Psalms 28:7 - 8
    The Lord is my strength and my shield; in him my heart trusts, and I am helped; my heart exults, and with my song I give thanks to him.
  2. Cross References
    Psalms 9:14
    That I may recount all your praises, that in the gates of the daughter of Zion I may rejoice in your salvation.
  3. Cross References
    Psalms 20:4 - 5
    May he grant you your heart's desire and fulfill all your plans!
  4. Cross References
    Psalms 59:10
    My God in his steadfast love will meet me; God will let me look in triumph on my enemies.
  5. Cross References
    2 Samuel 12:30
    And he took the crown of their king from his head. The weight of it was a talent of gold, and in it was a precious stone, and it was placed on David's head. And he brought out the spoil of the city, a very great amount.
    1 Chronicles 20:2
    And David took the crown of their king from his head. He found that it weighed a talent of gold, and in it was a precious stone. And it was placed on David's head. And he brought out the spoil of the city, a very great amount.
  6. Cross References
    Psalms 19:10
    More to be desired are they than gold, even much fine gold; sweeter also than honey and drippings of the honeycomb.
  7. Cross References
    Psalms 61:6
    Prolong the life of the king; may his years endure to all generations!
    2 Samuel 7:19
    And yet this was a small thing in your eyes, O Lord God. You have spoken also of your servant's house for a great while to come, and this is instruction for mankind, O Lord God!
  8. Cross References
    Psalms 91:16
    With long life I will satisfy him and show him my salvation.
    1 Kings 1:31
    Then Bathsheba bowed with her face to the ground and paid homage to the king and said, "May my lord King David live forever!
    Nehemiah 2:3
    I said to the king, "Let the king live forever! Why should not my face be sad, when the city, the place of my fathers' graves, lies in ruins, and its gates have been destroyed by fire?
  9. Cross References
    Psalms 8:5
    Yet you have made him a little lower than the heavenly beings and crowned him with glory and honor.
  10. Cross References
    Psalms 45:3
    Gird your sword on your thigh, O mighty one, in your splendor and majesty!
    Psalms 96:6
    Splendor and majesty are before him; strength and beauty are in his sanctuary.
  11. Cross References
    Psalms 45:7
    You have loved righteousness and hated wickedness. Therefore God, your God, has anointed you with the oil of gladness beyond your companions.
    Psalms 16:11
    You make known to me the path of life; in your presence there is fullness of joy; at your right hand are pleasures forevermore.
  12. Cross References
    Psalms 10:6
    He says in his heart, "I shall not be moved; throughout all generations I shall not meet adversity.
    Psalms 16:8
    I have set the Lord always before me; because he is at my right hand, I shall not be shaken.
  13. Cross References
    Isaiah 10:10
    As my hand has reached to the kingdoms of the idols, whose carved images were greater than those of Jerusalem and Samaria.
  14. Cross References
    Malachi 4:1
    For behold, the day is coming, burning like an oven, when all the arrogant and all evildoers will be stubble. The day that is coming shall set them ablaze, says the Lord of hosts, so that it will leave them neither root nor branch.
    Psalms 83:14
    As fire consumes the forest, as the flame sets the mountains ablaze.
  15. Cross References
    Psalms 2:5
    Then he will speak to them in his wrath, and terrify them in his fury, saying.
  16. Cross References
    Psalms 18:8
    Smoke went up from his nostrils, and devouring ...
    Psalms 50:3
    Our God comes; he does not keep silence; before...
    Psalms 97:3
    Fire goes before him and burns up his adversari...
    Isaiah 26:11
    O Lord, your hand is lifted up, but they do not...
    Job 20:26
    Utter darkness is laid up for his treasures; a ...
    Daniel 7:10
    A stream of fire issued and came out from befor...
    Habakkuk 3:5
    Before him went pestilence, and plague followed...
  17. Cross References
    Psalms 34:16
    The face of the Lord is against those who do evil, to cut off the memory of them from the earth.
    1 Kings 13:34
    And this thing became sin to the house of Jeroboam, so as to cut it off and to destroy it from the face of the earth.
  18. Cross References
    Psalms 37:28
    For the Lord loves justice; he will not forsake his saints. They are preserved forever, but the children of the wicked shall be cut off.
    Psalms 109:13
    May his posterity be cut off; may his name be blotted out in the second generation!
    Job 18:16 - 17
    His roots dry up beneath, and his branches wither above.
    Job 18:19
    He has no posterity or progeny among his people, and no survivor where he used to live.
    Isaiah 14:20
    You will not be joined with them in burial, because you have destroyed your land, you have slain your people. "May the offspring of evildoers nevermore be named!
  19. Cross References
    Psalms 2:1
    Why do the nations rage and the peoples plot in vain?
    Psalms 10:2
    In arrogance the wicked hotly pursue the poor; let them be caught in the schemes that they have devised.
  20. Cross References
    Psalms 18:40
    You made my enemies turn their backs to me, and those who hated me I destroyed.
  21. Cross References
    Psalms 7:12
    If a man does not repent, God will whet his sword; he has bent and readied his bow.
    Psalms 11:2
    For behold, the wicked bend the bow; they have fitted their arrow to the string to shoot in the dark at the upright in heart.
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