Psalm 21

Psalm 20 was about prayer for a human king. Psalm 21 is about a superior king, Jesus.

Thank God that Jesus was delivered by the Father from death: 'O LORD, in your strength the king rejoices, and in your salvation how greatly he exults!' (verse 1).

Rejoice that Jesus has received his desire for glory (which he prayed for in John 17): ' You have given him his heart's desire and have not withheld the request of his lips' (verse 2).

Part of that glory is his exaltation: 'For you meet him with rich blessings; you set a crown of fine gold upon his head' (verse 3).

Jesus prayed for resurrection life: 'He asked life of you; you gave it to him, length of days forever and ever' (verse 4).

Be glad that Jesus is highly exalted: 'His glory is great through your salvation; splendor and majesty you bestow on him' (verse 5).

Think of Jesus as very joyful in the presence of God: 'For you make him most blessed forever; you make him glad with the joy of your presence' (verse 6).

Express gratitude that Jesus is king forever: 'For the king trusts in the LORD, and through the steadfast love of the Most High he shall not be moved' (verse 7).

Remember that Jesus is also the Judge whom God has appointed: 'Your hand will find out all your enemies; your right hand will find out those who hate you. You will make them as a blazing oven when you appear. The LORD will swallow them up in his wrath, and fire will consume them. You will destroy their descendants from the earth, and their offspring from among the children of man' (verses 8-10). 

Be thankful that the Lord knows how to defeat those who oppose him: 'Though they plan evil against you, though they devise mischief, they will not succeed. For you will put them to flight; you will aim at their faces with your bows' (verses 11-12).

Praise God that he is in control: 'Be exalted, O LORD, in your strength! We will sing and praise your power' (verse 13).

Think of different ways that Jesus can bless us and ask him to do so.

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