Psalms 21

* Thanksgiving for victory. (1-6) Confidence of further success.

(7-13)1-6 Happy the people whose king makes God's strength his

confidence, and God's salvation his joy; who is pleased with all

the advancements of God kingdom, and trusts God to support him

in all he does for the service of it. All our blessings are

blessings of goodness, and are owing, not to any merit of ours,

but only to God's goodness. But when God's blessings come

sooner, and prove richer than we imagine; when they are given

before we prayed for them, before we were ready for them, nay,

when we feared the contrary; then it may be truly said that he

prevented, or went before us, with them. Nothing indeed

prevented, or went before Christ, but to mankind never was any

favour more preventing than our redemption by Christ. Thou hast

made him to be a universal, everlasting blessing to the world,

in whom the families of the earth are, and shall be blessed; and

so thou hast made him exceeding glad with the countenance thou

hast given to his undertaking, and to him in the prosecution of

it. The Spirit of prophecy rises from what related to the king,

to that which is peculiar to Christ; none other is blessed for

ever, much less a blessing for ever.
7-13 The psalmist teaches to look forward with faith, and hope,

and prayer upon what God would further do. The success with

which God blessed David, was a type of the total overthrow of

all Christ's enemies. Those who might have had Christ to rule

and save them, but rejected him and fought against him, shall

find the remembrance of it a worm that dies not. God makes

sinners willing by his grace, receives them to his favour, and

delivers them from the wrath to come. May he exalt himself, by

his all-powerful grace, in our hearts, destroying all the

strong-holds of sin and Satan. How great should be our joy and

praise to behold our Brother and Friend upon the throne, and for

all the blessings we may expect from him! yet he delights in his

exalted state, as enabling him to confer happiness and glory on

poor sinners, who are taught to love and trust in him
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