Psalm 20 is clearly a battle hymn for David. The suggestion of the absence of chariots and horses points to a time before Solomon (“Some trust in chariots and some in horses, but we trust in the name of the Lord our God“), for when know that Solomon as king had many of both (1 Kings 10:26). Verse 8’s continuation of the characterization of verse 7 (“They collapse and fall, but we rise and stand upright”) is a reference to the grace of God, rather than the might of his people.
Psalm 21 is can be divided into two sections at verse 7. The first half deals with the king’s blessings in the face of his enemies. The second half, beginning in verse 8 describes God’s vengeance upon them, and his “destroying them” in his wrath. Verse 13 concludes with praise to God for his strength and power.
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