Psalm 21

[A psalm by David for the music leader.]
Thanking the Lord for Victory

1 Our Lord, your mighty power
        makes the king glad,
    and he celebrates victories
        that you have given him.
2 You did what he wanted most
        and never told him “No.”
3 You truly blessed the king,
    and you placed on him
        a crown of finest gold.
4 He asked to live a long time,
    and you promised him life
        that never ends.

5 The king is highly honored.
    You have let him win victories
        that have made him famous.
6 You have given him blessings
        that will last forever,
    and you have made him glad
        by being so near to him.
7 Lord Most High,
        the king trusts you,
    and your kindness
        keeps him from defeat.

8 With your mighty arm, Lord,
    you will strike down all
        of your hateful enemies.
9 They will be destroyed by fire
        once you are here,
    and because of your anger,
        flames will swallow them.
10 You will wipe their families
     from the earth,
        and they will disappear.
11 All their plans to harm you
        will come to nothing.
12 You will make them run away
     by shooting your arrows
        at their faces.

13 Show your strength, Lord,
     so that we may sing
        and praise your power. 

The Contemporary English Version c1995 by the American Bible Society.
Selected texts provided for use with the Hypertext Bible Commentary