Old Testament

Psalm 21
Psalm 21
Thanksgiving for Victory
For the choir director. A psalm by David.
The People Thank the Lord for Victory
1O Lord, the king rejoices in your strength.
He joyfully celebrates salvation from you.
2You have granted him what his heart desired.
You have not denied the request from his lips. Interlude
3Yes, you meet him to give him great blessings.
You place a crown of pure gold on his head.
4He asked you for life, and you gave it to him
—length of days, forever and ever.
5He receives great glory through the salvation you gave.
You bestow splendor and majesty on him.
6Surely you grant him blessings forever.
You make him glad with joy in your presence.
7Surely the king trusts in the Lord,
and through the mercy of the Most High he will not be shaken.
The People Assure the King of Future Victory
8Your hand will reach all your enemies.
Your right hand will reach those who hate you.
9At the time when you appear, O Lord,
you will make them like a blazing furnace.
In his anger he will swallow them.
Fire will consume them.
10You will cause their fruit to perish from the earth,
their seed[] from among the children of Adam.
11Indeed, they intend[] evil against you.
They plan wicked schemes,
but they will not succeed,
12because you will make them turn and run
when you get ready to aim your arrows at them.
The People Praise the Lord
13Rise up, O Lord, in your strength.
We will sing and make music because of your might.


  • 21:10 Fruit and seed refer to their descendants.
  • 21:11 Literally stretch out