Daily Devotions


Day 156

Psalm 21:1a "The king shall have joy in Your strength, O LORD"

Day 156 – Psalm 21

“The king shall have joy in Your strength, O LORD” Psalm 21:1a

SUPERSCRIPTION: To the Chief Musician. A Psalm of David.

The superscription in this Psalm is very much in line with that of Psalm 20. The authorship of the psalm is acknowledged as David.


The battle has now been concluded. The king of Israel now leads his army back in victory. It would be fitting to give worship to the Lord who had given them the victory. Psalm 21 offers us glimpses of how this worship took place.

“The king shall have joy in Your strength, O LORD;
And in Your salvation how greatly shall he rejoice!
You have given him his heart’s desire,
And have not withheld the request of his lips.”
Psalm 21:1-2

1. Worship is offered in joy

a) Joy because of success in battle.
b) Joy because of the strength the Lord gave in battle.
c) Joy because of the salvation (deliverance) God has given to His people.

2. Honouring God

a) As the LORD.
b) As the LORD who hears and answers prayer.

3. The heart’s desire

a) To protect Israel from enemies.
b) To safeguard the integrity and honour of the nation.

4. God’s answer to these good desires of the heart

a) These petitions were offered in humble prayer to the Lord.
b) All of these petitions had been heard and answered.

Worship of the Lord (pre and post battle) is most fitting! Each act of worship must be accompanied by heart-felt joy and thanksgiving!