Psalm 21

Psalm 21

As we saw, Psalm 20 is a prayer for the king going into battle.  Psalm 21 is a thanksgiving for his God-given victory.  It also assures him that he will always be victorious. God is always with him. His enemies don’t have a chance.

These psalms fit into the Old Testament background of God’s promises to David. God will always be faithful to David’s successors on the throne.

We might use this psalm to meditate on the life of Jesus. We turn to his heavenly Father and say:  “[T]he king (Jesus) finds joy in your power; in your victory (the Father’s presence at Jesus’ death and resurrection) how greatly he rejoices!  You have granted him his heart’s desire; you did not refuse the prayer of his lips.”

Throughout his life, Jesus was a man of prayer, often spending whole nights in prayer.  Not only would he be praising his heavenly Father.  He would he be praying for his fumbling and stumbling disciples, the people that followed him to hear his words, and for his hard-hearted enemies.

He continues his prayer as he intercedes for us at the right hand of his Father. No matter what our failures, he will help us win the eventual victory over our most stubborn enemy—ourselves.

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About the Author

Hilarion Kistner, O.F.M., after ordination in 1955, did further studies in Scripture. He taught Scripture to seminarians for 15 years. He has been editor of Sunday Homily Helps for more than 25 years.