Psalm 20 (April 7, 2011)

[1] May the LORD answer you in the day of trouble! May the name of the God of Jacob protect you!  [2] May he send you help from the sanctuary and give you support from Zion!  [3] May he remember all your offerings and regard with favor your burnt sacrifices! Selah  [4] May he grant you your heart’s desire and fulfill all your plans!  [5] May we shout for joy over your salvation, and in the name of our God set up our banners! May the LORD fulfill all your petitions!  [6] Now I know that the LORD saves his anointed; he will answer him from his holy heaven with the saving might of his right hand.  [7] Some trust in chariots and some in horses, but we trust in the name of the LORD our God.  [8] They collapse and fall, but we rise and stand upright.  [9] O LORD, save the king! May he answer us when we call. (Psalm 20 ESV)

Prayer for Prosperity

God’s people pray that their king, in his battles, will be successful. They want him to win. Things go well for them when their king is triumphant and things go badly if he loses. They pray for his victory in verse five and they confidently expect to stand beneath the banner of victory in joy. They clearly attribute the hand of God to the salvation of their king, rather than the might of his military prowess, and they acknowledge that the actual victory would come from the hand of God.

I Pray That You Win

Have you ever prayed for another person in this way? Have you ever prayed that someone else would win as they advanced in their walk with Jesus? It sounds rather strange, but at the same time, it is a command of the Lord for us to rejoice with those who rejoice (Romans 12). We rejoice in the evidence of the grace of God in the lives of people. “The meaning is, that the faithful, in grateful acknowledgement of the grace of God, will celebrate his praises and triumph in his name.” -Calvin.

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