Psalm 21

The King's Triumph and God's Blessings



This Bible study highlights the celebration of God's strength, the king's triumph, and God's blessings. It emphasizes the trust in the LORD and the assurance of victory over enemies. The New Covenant perspective invites us to find inspiration in God's power and to actively engage in praise and worship as we recognize His triumph and blessings in our lives.

Section 1: Celebrating God's Strength and Salvation (vs 1-7)

"The king rejoices in Your strength, O LORD. How great is his joy in the victories You give! You have granted him his heart's desire and have not withheld the request of his lips. For You welcomed him with rich blessings and placed on his head a crown of pure gold. He asked You for life, and You granted it—length of days, forever and ever. His glory is great through Your salvation; You bestow on him splendor and majesty. For You grant him blessings forever; You cheer him with the joy of Your presence. For the king trusts in the LORD; through the loving devotion of the Most High, he will not be shaken."

Talking Points:

Harmony: Ephesians 3:20-21 (BSB), "Now to Him who is able to do infinitely more than all we ask or imagine, according to His power that is at work within us, to Him be the glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations, forever and ever. Amen."


Section 2: God's Judgment and Triumph over Enemies (vs 8-12)

"Your hand will capture all your enemies; Your right hand will seize those who hate You. You will make them burn like a fiery furnace when You appear; the LORD will engulf them in His wrath, and fire will devour them. You will wipe their descendants from the earth, and their offspring from the sons of men. Though they plot evil against You and devise wicked schemes, they will not prevail. For You will put them to flight when You aim Your bow at their faces."

Talking Points:

Harmony: Romans 12:19 (BSB), "Do not avenge yourselves, beloved, but leave room for God’s wrath. For it is written: 'Vengeance is Mine; I will repay, says the Lord.'"


Section 3: A Call for Praise and Worship (vs 13)

"Rise up, O LORD, in Your strength! We will sing and praise Your power."

Talking Points:

Harmony: Revelation 5:13 (BSB), "And I heard every creature in heaven, and on earth, and under the earth, and in the sea, and all that is in them, saying: 'To Him who sits on the throne, and to the Lamb, be praise and honor and glory and power forever and ever!'"



Psalm 21, interpreted from a New Covenant, Christ-centered perspective, beautifully encapsulates the joy of the King in the victories granted by God, prefiguring the victory of Christ, our eternal King. 

David's rejoicing in God's strength and salvation is a foreshadowing of Christ's triumph over sin and death (1 Corinthians 15:57). 

David's blessings and the crown of fine gold echo the resurrection and glorification of Christ, crowned with glory and honor (Hebrews 2:9, Revelation 19:12). 

God's promise to David to make him a "blessing forever" and to gladden him with joy, anticipates the everlasting blessings of the New Covenant established through Christ, and the joy set before Him (Hebrews 12:2). 

The Psalm concludes with trust in God's steadfast love and strength, a trust ultimately vindicated in Christ's self-sacrificial love and resurrection power. This Psalm, therefore, resounds with the praises of Christ's victorious and eternal reign.