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Ps 21:1-13. The pious are led by the Psalmist to celebrate God's favor to the king in the already conferred and in prospective victories. The doxology added may relate to both Psalms; the preceding of petition, chiefly this of thanksgiving, ascribing honor to God for His display of grace and power to His Church in all ages, not only under David, but also under his last greatest successor, "the King of the Jews."
1. thy strength . . . thy salvation--as supplied by Thee.
2. The sentiment affirmed in the first clause is reaffirmed by the negation of its opposite in the second.
3. preventest--literally, "to meet here in good sense," or "friendship"
6. made him most blessed--or set him "to be blessings," as Abraham
7. The mediate cause is the king's faith, the efficient, God's mercy.
8. The address is now made to the king.
11. This terrible overthrow, reaching to posterity, is due to their crimes (Ex 20:5, 6).
13. The glory of all is ascribable to God alone.