Psalm 20

Psalm 20 is believed to be a Psalm where the voice of many are praying for David as he prepares for battle, only in verse six is the communication with God in the singular tense, otherwise it is written from a group.  It begins asking God to hear and protect.  “May the Lord answer you in the day of trouble! May the name of the God of Jacob protect you”!  We have the same God and this should be our prayer as well – that God will hear us and protect us.  Many people are praying this on behalf of one – David himself – as he prepares for battle.

The prayer is intense as Israel is about to head into battle. They pray for:

  • Protection
  • Help
  • Support
  • Remember your offerings
  • Favor your burnt sacrifices
  • Grant your hearts desires
  • Fulfill all your plans
  • Fulfill all your petitions

The prayer is given with confidence that God would hear and provide King David with success.  They had assurance to the point that they were ready to shout for joy about the victory and were ready to hand banners celebrating the win.

In verse six, it seems David interjects his prayer of confidence in God to answer the prayers of the people.  “I know that the Lord saves his anointed; he will answer him from his holy heaven with the saving might of his right hand”.  David has complete confidence in God to not only hear the prayers of His people, but to answer.  And he knows God’s answer will be sufficient.  David knows:

  • God will answer
  • That answer will come from heaven
  • It will come with all the strength needed
  • That strength comes from God’s right hand
  • David is anointed and has access to all this as God’s anointed

So whom should we trust when things are difficult?  There is only one answer – God Himself.  “Some trust in chariots and some in horses, but we trust in the name of the Lord our God”.  Kings and people normally trust in human strength and the things that help make that strength more powerful – in this day and time it was horses and chariots.  The Psalm makes it clear that in this situation, trust wasn’t in the things of this world, but in God Himself.  We are in a spiritual battle.  We must put our trust in God, not in the things of man.  We cannot depend on self or any other person to do what only God is able.  We must call out to and trust only in the Lord!

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