Psalm 21:1 Parallel Verses [⇓ See commentary ⇓]

Psalm 21:1, NIV: "For the director of music. A psalm of David. The king rejoices in your strength, LORD. How great is his joy in the victories you give!"

Psalm 21:1, ESV: "To the choirmaster. A Psalm of David. O LORD, in your strength the king rejoices, and in your salvation how greatly he exults!"

Psalm 21:1, KJV: "{To the chief Musician, A Psalm of David.} The king shall joy in thy strength, O LORD; and in thy salvation how greatly shall he rejoice!"

Psalm 21:1, NASB: "For the choir director. A Psalm of David. O LORD, in Your strength the king will be glad, And in Your salvation how greatly he will rejoice!"

Psalm 21:1, NLT: "For the choir director: A psalm of David. How the king rejoices in your strength, O LORD! He shouts with joy because you give him victory."

Psalm 21:1, CSB: "LORD, the king finds joy in your strength. How greatly he rejoices in your victory!"

What does Psalm 21:1 mean? [⇑ See verse text ⇑]

This may contain David's words spoken in the third person, or the statement of the assembled people. In either case, they express David's joy over the Lord's power on his behalf. He rejoices in the Lord's deliverance of him from his enemies. In the previous psalm he had prayed to be delivered, and now he thanks the Lord for answering his prayer.

Believers ought to pray and then thank the Lord for answering their prayers. David credits the Lord's strength for the deliverance and rejoices because of the Lord's strength. We, too, can rejoice in the Lord's strength that delivers us in our time of need. Jesus said we will have joy if we keep His commandments (John 15:10–11). If we obey our Lord and place our confidence in His strength and not in our own strength, we can be strong. Paul attributed his victories to the Lord's strength. He wrote: "For the weapons of our warfare are not of the flesh but have divine power to destroy strongholds" (2 Corinthians 10:4).