Psalm 20

Just before going to war, David stopped to pray in the sanctuary. A congregation joins him. They pray he have success in battle.

 


 

PRAYING FOR SUCCESS IN BATTLE

For the Chief Musician. A Psalm by David.

 

THE PEOPLE PRAY FOR DAVID

VERSE 1. May the LORD answer you in the day of trouble. May the name of the God of Jacob set you up on high,

 

VERSE 2. send you help from the sanctuary, grant you support from Zion,

 

VERSE 3. remember all your offerings, and accept your burned sacrifice. Selah.

 

VERSE 4. May he grant you your heart’s desire, and fulfill all your counsel.

NIV translation. May he give you the desire of your heart and make all your plans succeed.

 

VERSE 5. We will triumph in your salvation. In the name of our God, we will set up our banners. May the LORD grant all your requests.

We will triumph in your salvation. That is, “May we shout for joy at your victory” (NAB translation). As people who walk with God, we can celebrate each other’s victories. We are one organic unit, and each part affects the rest:

1 Corinthians 12:26.  When one member suffers, all the members suffer with it. When one member is honored, all the members rejoice with it.

 

DAVID REPLIES

 

VERSE 6. Now I know that the LORD saves his anointed. He will answer him from his holy heaven, with the saving strength of his right hand.

right hand. The Bible often mentions “the right hand” of God. That is a position of power and honor. We believe it refers to Jesus Christ. More verses about the right hand.

 

VERSE 7. Some trust in chariots, and some in horses, but we trust in the name of the LORD our God.

This verse is fantastic! Would you consider memorizing it? More great verses to memorize from the Psalms and from the entire Bible.

 

VERSE 8. They are bowed down and fallen, but we rise up, and stand upright.

 

THE PEOPLE PRAY AGAIN

 

VERSE 9. Save, LORD! Let the King answer us when we call!

 


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