the director of music. A psalm of David.
Comments: This psalm is complementary to the previous
one. Again a psalm to be sung in two main parts. The first [v.1-6]
is prayer to the Lord, the second [v.8-12] are declarations to
the King, David. At the end of each part is a summary verse, first
David can be utterly confident in God's love for him [v.7], second
that for all this the Lord is worthy of our praise.]
Sung Prayer: talking directly to the Lord [the
‘You' is the Lord]
David rejoices because you Lord have given him strength &
king rejoices in your strength, Lord
How great is his joy in the victories
You have blessed him with answers to the requests of his heart
You have granted him his heart's desire
and have not withheld the request of
You are the One who has blessed him and made him king
You came to greet him with rich blessings
and placed a crown of pure gold on his
You spared his life when he cried to you, eternal life
asked you for life, and you gave it to him—
length of days, for ever and ever.
David has been exalted because of the triumphs you gave him
the victories you gave, his glory is great;
you have bestowed on
him splendor and majesty.
His supreme blessing is the joy he has being in your prersence
you have granted him unending blessings
and made him glad with the joy of your
The Consequence: the king can trust the Lord
This is all summed up by, you bless him because he trusts you
the king trusts in the Lord
through the unfailing love of the Most
he will not be shaken.
Sung Assurances sung to the king [the
‘you' is the king]
In the light of the earlier truths, David will triumph over all
will lay hold on all your enemies;
your right hand will
seize your foes.
When he goes into battle the Lord will bring down all his enemies
you appear for battle,
you will burn them
up as in a blazing furnace.
The Lord will swallow them up in his wrath,
and his fire will consume them.
Their destruction will be complete and they will not come back
You will destroy their descendants from the
their posterity from mankind.
They may plot & scheme against you but are doomed to failure
they plot evil against you
and devise wicked schemes, they cannot
They will turn and flee from your might
You will make them turn their backs
when you aim at them
with drawn bow.
The Consequence: Praise to God
With all this in mind, we sing praises to the Lord who is exalted
exalted in your strength, Lord
we will sing and praise your might.
The two ‘directions' of this psalm – v.1-6 to God, v.8-12
to David – distinguish between prayer and testimony. Having said
that, the prayers of v.1-6 also testify to what the Lord HAS done
for David and as such are also forms of praise. Thus in those first
six verses we have prayer, testimony and praise all wrapped up in
one and together they go to form the foundation of the assurances
that come in verses 8 to 12. When we pray, building in testimony
into our prayers, it releases faith which builds assurance for us.]
to Psa 22