21:1 «To the chief Musician, A Psalm of David.» The king shall a joy in thy strength, O LORD; and in thy salvation how greatly shall he rejoice!
(a) When he will overcome his enemies, and so be
assured of his calling.
21:3 For thou b
preventest him with the blessings of goodness: thou settest a crown of pure gold
on his head.
(b) You declared your liberal favour toward him
before he prayed.
21:4 c He
asked life of thee, [and] thou gavest [it] him, [even] length of days for ever
(c) David not only obtained life, but also
assurance that his posterity would reign forever.
21:6 For thou hast made him
most d blessed for ever: thou hast made
him exceeding glad with thy countenance.
(d) You have made him your blessings to others,
and a perpetual example of your favour forever.
Thine hand shall find out all thine enemies: thy right hand shall find out those
that hate thee.
(e) Here he describes the power of Christ's
kingdom against the enemies of it.
21:9 Thou shalt make them as a fiery oven in the
time of thine anger: the LORD shall swallow them up in his f
wrath, and the fire shall devour them.
(f) This teaches us patiently to endure the cross
till God destroys the adversary.
21:11 For they g
intended evil against thee: they imagined a mischievous device, [which] they are
not able [to perform].
(g) They laid as it were their nets to make
God's power bend to their wicked enterprises.
21:12 Therefore shalt thou make them h
turn their back, [when] thou shalt make ready [thine arrows] upon thy strings
against the face of them.
(h) As a mark to shoot at.
21:13 i Be
thou exalted, LORD, in thine own strength: [so] will we sing and praise thy
(i) Maintain your Church against your adversaries
that we may have ample opportunity to praise your Name.