the director of music. A psalm of David.
Comments: A psalm to be sung written by David when he
was king. A psalm that is prayer, testimony and final prayer.
Note the first five verses appear to be sung to him as
the king as requests for God to bless him and grant him victories
over his enemies. The next three verses [v.6-8] are declarations
or testimonies of what he himself knows about the Lord. Possibly
sung in answer to the ‘choir' of the first part. The final verse
sums up all the rest – please answer my prayers for victory. In
many ways a very simple psalm.]
Requests on behalf of the king
May God be the answerer of your prayers and protect you
answer you when you are in distress;
may the name of the God of Jacob protect
May you know the support He sends you from heaven (angelic?)
he send you help from the sanctuary
and grant you support from Zion.
May He be a responder to your worship of Him
remember all your sacrifices
and accept your burnt
May He satisfy your yearnings and plans
he give you the desire of your heart
and make all your plans
May we be able to join in your joy in victory
we shout for joy over your victory
and lift up our banners in the name of
So may He answer your prayers
grant all your requests.
Declarations by the king
this I know:
David is assured that God does give him victory
The Lord gives victory to his anointed.
David knows God hears him and grants victories as answers to prayers
He answers him from his heavenly sanctuary
with the victorious power of his right
Some trust in their weaponry but David's trust is in the Lord
trust in chariots and some in horses,
but we trust in the
name of the Lord our God.
Those people are doomed to fail but the Lord enables him to stand
are brought to their knees and fall,
but we rise up and
A final request for [ongoing] victories in answer to his prayers.
give victory to the king!
Answer us when we call!
Thoughts: The first five verses are what we may expect
of the Lord when we pray: answers [v.1], practical support [v.2],
sense of relationship [v.3], confidence of purpose [v.4], and
joy in triumph [v.5].
David may we be able to declare our confidence in success in our
calling [v.6], rejection of trust in the world but declare our
trust in the Lord [v.7] and assurance that He will enable us to
stand strong [v.8] that enables us to keep praying [v.9].
the writings of the apostle Paul we find this same confidence,
in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who
have been called according to his purpose.” (Rom
8:28) We should note that
although David is confident in what the Lord will do for
him that doesn't stop him praying that it will happen. Prayer
for him helps establish him and even strengthen his trust in his
to Psa 21