The Psalms of David in Metre

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Psalm 21

To the chief Musician, A Psalm of David. In this song of thanksgiving, observe, (1.) The happiness of king David is set on the perfections and gracious works of God, ver. 1-6. (2.) Only there is found a full assurance of the stability of David’s throne, ver. 7-12. (3.) He gives earnest prayers to God for his display of glory and power, ver. 13. Consider the everlasting honors, joys, happiness, and blissful influences of Your Redeemer! His kingdom is fixed, in the infinite, everlasting, and unchangeable wisdom, power, mercy, equity, goodness and truth of the covenant of the Most High!

Behold, what inexpressible vengeance kindles upon and destroys his Jewish, his Heathen, his Antichristian, and other incorrigible foes! Rejoice my soul, in this God thy Saviour. Rejoice at the glory with which he is crowned: at the life granted to, and set in him; and in his being made blessings for evermore to men; blessings for evermore to us. And let the ruinous overthrow of his Jewish or other enemies, make me stand in awe to provoke him, by presumptuous refusal of him, or rebellion against him.

To the chief Musician,
A Psalm of David.

1 The king in thy great strength, O Lord,
shall very joyful be:
In thy salvation rejoice
how veh’mently shall he!

2 Thou hast bestowed upon him
all that his heart would have;
And thou from him didst not withhold
whate’er his lips did crave.

3 For thou with blessings him prevent’st
of goodness manifold;
And thou hast set upon his head
a crown of purest gold.

4 When he desired life of thee,
thou life to him didst give;
Ev’n such a length of days, that he
for evermore should live.

5 In that salvation wrought by thee
his glory is made great;
Honor and comely majesty
thou hast upon him set.

6 Because that thou for evermore
most blessed hast him made;
And thou hast with thy countenance
made him exceeding glad.

7 Because the king upon the Lord
his confidence doth lay;
And through the grace of the most High
shall not be moved away.

8 Thine hand shall all those men find out
that en’mies are to thee;
Ev’n thy right hand shall find out those
of thee that haters be.

9 Like fiery ov’n thou shalt them make,
when kindled is thine ire;
God shall them swallow in his wrath,
devour them shall the fire.

10 Their fruit from earth thou shalt destroy,
their seed men from among:
11 For they beyond their might ‘gainst thee
did plot mischief and wrong.

12 Thou therefore shalt make them turn back,
when thou thy shafts shalt place
Upon thy strings, made ready all
to fly against their face.

13 In thy great pow’r and strength, O Lord,
be thou exalted high;
So shall we sing with joyful hearts,
thy power praise shall we.