beyond rescue

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Psalm 21:1-7

Psalm 21:11 Yahveh, the king is made happy by your strength. How greatly he rejoices in your rescue!

Psalm 21:2 You have given him his heart’s desire and have not denied the request of his lips.(Selah).

Psalm 21:3 For you meet him with rich blessings; you place a crown of pure gold on his head.

Psalm 21:4 He asked you for life, and you gave it to him– length of days permanently and continually.

Psalm 21:5 His glory is great because of your rescue; you confer majesty and splendor on him.

Psalm 21:6 You give him blessings continually; you cheer him with joy in your presence.

Psalm 21:7 Because the king relies on Yahveh; by means of the faithful love of the Most High he is not shaken.

beyond rescue

In the previous psalm, the people interceded for God to bless their king. In this psalm, the same people acknowledge that God has answered their prayers many times over. Notice the chiasmus in this section:

  • the king (1, 7)

  • the gift (2, 6)

  • the glory (3, 5)


The central focus is verse four, which combines three different expressions for permanent life:

  • length of days

  • permanently

  • continually

King David had repeatedly been in danger of losing his life, and so he has repeatedly asked God to spare his life. God has done so. This psalm emerges from the aftermath of a rescue. But God has gone beyond that. God has listed David among those who will be raised to permanent life.

Lord, today we once again ask you to rescue us. But we also praise you for your promise of permanent life which you gave to us in Christ. We thank you that on the last day, we will be raised to live forever.

1superscription: A Psalm of David.

About Jefferson Vann

Jefferson Vann is a former Christian missionary who now lives in Williamsburg, Virginia. If your church or small group would like to hear Jeff speak, you can contact him at marmsky@gmail.com -- !
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