Psalms 21:1-3

For the director of music. A psalm of David.

1 [a]The king rejoices in your strength, LORD. How great is his joy in the victories you give!
2 You have granted him his heart’s desire and have not withheld the request of his lips.[b]
3 You came to greet him with rich blessings and placed a crown of pure gold on his head.

Psalms 21:1-3 Meaning and Commentary

Psalms 21:1-3 In-Context

1 The king rejoices in your strength, LORD. How great is his joy in the victories you give!
2 You have granted him his heart’s desire and have not withheld the request of his lips.
3 You came to greet him with rich blessings and placed a crown of pure gold on his head.
4 He asked you for life, and you gave it to him— length of days, for ever and ever.
5 Through the victories you gave, his glory is great; you have bestowed on him splendor and majesty.
6 Surely you have granted him unending blessings and made him glad with the joy of your presence.
7 For the king trusts in the LORD; through the unfailing love of the Most High he will not be shaken.

Cross References 5

  • 1. S 1 Samuel 2:10
  • 2. S 2 Samuel 22:51; Psalms 59:16-17
  • 3. S Psalms 20:4; Psalms 37:4
  • 4. S 2 Samuel 12:30; Revelation 14:14
  • 5. Zechariah 6:11

Footnotes 2

  • [a]. In Hebrew texts 21:1-13 is numbered 21:2-14.
  • [b]. The Hebrew has "Selah" (a word of uncertain meaning) here.