Psalm 20 is an earnest prayer for victory and divine support, often interpreted as a communal prayer for a king or leader going into battle. The psalm invokes the names and power of God, expressing hope that the Lord will answer in the time of trouble and grant the desires of the heart. The psalmist speaks with confidence that God saves and answers when His people call. The chapter closes with the declaration that some trust in chariots and horses, but true strength comes from trusting in the Lord. Psalms 20 serves as a powerful template for prayers of intercession and trust in God’s deliverance.

Psalm 20

1  (To the chief Musician, A Psalm of David.) The LORD hear thee in the day of trouble; the name of the God of Jacob defend thee;

2  Send thee help from the sanctuary, and strengthen thee out of Zion;

3  Remember all thy offerings, and accept thy burnt sacrifice; Selah.

4  Grant thee according to thine own heart, and fulfil all thy counsel.

5  We will rejoice in thy salvation, and in the name of our God we will set up our banners: the LORD fulfil all thy petitions.

6  Now know I that the LORD saveth his anointed; he will hear him from his holy heaven with the saving strength of his right hand.

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

8  They are brought down and fallen: but we are risen, and stand upright.

9  Save, LORD: let the king hear us when we call.

End of Psalm 20

1 Year Plan: Feb 16 - Lev 9, Lev 10, Ps 19, Ps 20 [next day]

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