Psalm 21: Victory Praise

In what ways should we celebrate our victories?

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Psalm 21:1 To the minister of music, a song of David.
The Lord’s strength is the king’s great joy. He celebrates every victory.
King James
Psalm 21:1 <To the chief Musician, A Psalm of David.> The king shall joy in thy strength, O Lord; and in thy salvation how greatly shall he rejoice!

How are the desires of our hearts best answered?

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Psalm 21:2 You heard his prayer and gave him the desires of his heart. Pause to mediate on that.
Psalm 37:4 Delight in the Lord, for he can give you the desires of your heart when you want what he wants.
Romans 10:1 My Christian friends, my heart’s desire and constant prayer is for everyone in Israel to be saved.
King James
Psalm 21:2 Thou hast given him his heart’s desire, and hast not withholden the request of his lips. Selah.
Psalm 37:4 Delight thyself also in the LORD; and he shall give thee the desires of thine heart.
Romans 10:1 Brethren, my heart’s desire and prayer to God for Israel is, that they might be saved.

What kinds of blessings does God “shower” his people with?

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Job 23:10 God knows where he is taking me, and when the tests are over, my value will be like pure gold.
Psalm 21:3 After showering him with blessings, you set the finest crown of gold upon his head.
Matthew 5:11–12 Blessed are the hated, those who are rejected, insulted, and falsely accused because of me. In their day of abuse, they will rejoice because their reward in Heaven is great. The ancient prophets were treated the same way.
Acts 5:41 The apostles left the assembly rejoicing that their flogging was bringing recognition and honor to Jesus’ name.
King James
Job 23:10 But he knoweth the way that I take: when he hath tried me, I shall come forth as gold.
Psalm 21:3 For thou preventest him with the blessings of goodness: thou settest a crown of pure gold on his head.
Matthew 5:11–12 Blessed are ye, when men shall revile you, and persecute you, and shall say all manner of evil against you falsely, for my sake. Rejoice, and be exceeding glad: for great is your reward in heaven: for so persecuted they the prophets which were before you.
Acts 5:41 And they departed from the presence of the council, rejoicing that they were counted worthy to suffer shame for his name.

How can God deliver on his promise in response to our desire for a “long life”?

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Psalm 21:4 The king asked for long life, and you promised his days would last forever.
John 11:25–26 Jesus said, “I am the resurrection and the life. Those who believe in me will live, even if they have died, and those who are living and believe in me will never die. Do you believe this?”
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Psalm 21:4 He asked life of thee, and thou gavest it him, even length of days for ever and ever.
John 11:25–26 Jesus said unto her, I am the resurrection, and the life: he that believeth in me, though he were dead, yet shall he live: And whosoever liveth and believeth in me shall never die. Believest thou this?

In what ways should we express our gratitude for all that God has done for us ?

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Psalm 21:5–6 Your deliverance brought glory to the king, giving him splendor and honor. Your eternal blessings and joy of your presence make the king exceedingly glad.
Matthew 10:32–33 If anyone publicly acknowledges me before men, I will publicly acknowledge him before my Father in Heaven. But anyone who denies me before men I will deny before my Father in Heaven.
1 Peter 3:15 Make good on your commitment to the Lord by preparing to share your experiences with those who might not understand how you have survived your struggles. Always be ready to reveal why you have hope in this tumultuous world.
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Psalm 21:5–6 His glory is great in thy salvation: honour and majesty hast thou laid upon him. For thou hast made him most blessed for ever: thou hast made him exceeding glad with thy countenance.
Matthew 10:32–33 Whosoever therefore shall confess me before men, him will I confess also before my Father which is in heaven. But whosoever shall deny me before men, him will I also deny before my Father which is in heaven.
1 Peter 3:15 But sanctify the Lord God in your hearts: and be ready always to give an answer to every man that asketh you a reason of the hope that is in you with meekness and fear:

With so many who have been martyred for their Christian faith, how can we be sure of God’s love and kindness, that he will keep us safe?

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Psalm 21:7 The king trusts the Lord, knowing his love and kindness will keep him safe and secure.
Acts 7:55–59 Full of the Holy Spirit, Stephen wasn’t looking at them but looked up to see the glory of God, with Jesus standing at his right hand. “Oh, wow!” Stephen said. “I see the skies opened up, and the Son of Man is standing on the right side of God.”
Wanting to hear no more, the Sanhedrin became a unified mob, swarming to grab hold of him. After dragging him out of the city, they stoned him. Stephen’s accusers left their coats under the watchful eye of a young man named Saul.
While the stones were striking, Stephen cried out to God, saying, “Lord Jesus, receive my spirit.”
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Psalm 21:7 For the king trusteth in the Lord, and through the mercy of the most High he shall not be moved.
Acts 7:55–59 But he, being full of the Holy Ghost, looked up stedfastly into heaven, and saw the glory of God, and Jesus standing on the right hand of God, And said, Behold, I see the heavens opened, and the Son of man standing on the right hand of God. Then they cried out with a loud voice, and stopped their ears, and ran upon him with one accord, And cast him out of the city, and stoned him: and the witnesses laid down their clothes at a young man’s feet, whose name was Saul.And they stoned Stephen, calling upon God, and saying, Lord Jesus, receive my spirit.

Why doesn’t God bring down his enemies right now?

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Psalm 21:8–9 Lord, you know who your enemies are and with your mighty hand will bring down those who oppose you. Your anger will consume them like a fiery furnace. The wrath of God will leave nothing but ashes.
2 Peter 3:9 The Lord isn’t slow in keeping his promise, not like some people think. He is patient, not wanting anyone to perish, giving time for everyone to repent.
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Psalm 21:8–9 Thine hand shall find out all thine enemies: thy right hand shall find out those that hate thee. Thou shalt make them as a fiery oven in the time of thine anger: the Lord shall swallow them up in his wrath, and the fire shall devour them.
2 Peter 3:9 The Lord is not slack concerning his promise, as some men count slackness; but is longsuffering to us-ward, not willing that any should perish, but that all should come to repentance.

What will cause evil to disappear?

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Psalm 21:10–12 The descendants of the wicked will be destroyed. Evil will disappear from among the people. 11 Their schemes against your will cannot succeed. Seeing your arrows aimed at their faces, they will turn and run.
King James
Psalm 21:10–12 Their fruit shalt thou destroy from the earth, and their seed from among the children of men. For they intended evil against thee: they imagined a mischievous device, which they are not able to perform. Therefore shalt thou make them turn their back, when thou shalt make ready thine arrows upon thy strings against the face of them.

How do we “exalt” the Lord?

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Psalm 21:13 Be exalted, O Lord, for you are mighty. We will sing praises recognizing your unlimited power.
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Psalm 21:13 Be thou exalted, Lord, in thine own strength: so will we sing and praise thy power.