Psalm 21:6 Parallel Verses [⇓ See commentary ⇓]

Psalm 21:6, NIV: "Surely you have granted him unending blessings and made him glad with the joy of your presence."

Psalm 21:6, ESV: "For you make him most blessed forever; you make him glad with the joy of your presence."

Psalm 21:6, KJV: "For thou hast made him most blessed for ever: thou hast made him exceeding glad with thy countenance."

Psalm 21:6, NASB: "For You make him most blessed forever; You make him joyful with gladness in Your presence."

Psalm 21:6, NLT: "You have endowed him with eternal blessings and given him the joy of your presence."

Psalm 21:6, CSB: "You give him blessings forever; you cheer him with joy in your presence."

What does Psalm 21:6 mean? [⇑ See verse text ⇑]

David credits the Lord with making him most blessed forever. In his covenant with David (2 Samuel 7:4–16) God promised to be with David, make his name great, and build a lasting dynasty for him. He also reminded David that He had been with David wherever he went.

Psalm 21:6 states "You make him glad with the joy of your presence." An awareness of God's presence brings great joy to all who trust in Him. Psalm 16:11 affirms: "In your presence is fullness of joy; at your right hand are pleasures forevermore." Jesus promised to be present with believers at all times (Matthew 28:18–20), and Hebrews 13:5 counsels us: "Keep your life free from love of money, and be content with what you have, for he has said, 'I will never leave you nor forsake you. '" Like David, Christians can be glad with the joy of the Lord's presence.

David's son Solomon looked for satisfaction in a variety of earthly sources, but found that they were all "vanity," meaning they were meaningless and empty. He concluded his writing of Ecclesiastes by counseling, in part, "Remember also your Creator in the days of your youth" (Ecclesiastes 12:1).