Psalm 20 (April 8, 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)

Confidence in the Name of the Lord

The one who is writing this Psalm begins with a personal declaration and then it moves to a congregational declaration of confidence in the Lord. The idea here is that the priest is praying this prayer over David as he, sword in hand, heads out to fight. (We have no parallel to this in our culture, but how awesome would that sight have been?) The personal declaration is clear: God will answer! I have seen it and I trust him. The corporate answer is wonderful. Some trust in chariots and horses, but we trust in the name of the Lord our God! Does that sound familiar? David said that to Goliath, remember? “You come at me with a sword and with a spear and with a javelin, but I come at you in the name of the Lord of hosts!” The people were praying for their king like their king! They knew, from his history alone, that might was in the hand of the Lord, not in the hands of men.

Be careful, Christian, as this week draws to a close, to reflect on the manner in which you are living your life. Are you living under the directions of true wisdom, as from the Lord, or false wisdom, as from the world? (James 3:13-18) Seek to live your life trusting not in the things of the world, but in the character, ways and word of God. It is in this God that we trust.

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