The 20th Psalm is the first of two related psalms. The setting is the Temple of Jehovah as King David prepares for war to defend Israel against enemies:
May the Lord answer you in the day of trouble;
May the name of the God of Jacob defend you;
May He send you help from the sanctuary,
And strengthen you out of Zion;
May He remember all your offerings,
And accept your burnt sacrifice. Selah
May He grant you according to your heart’s desire,
And fulfill all your purpose.
We will rejoice in your salvation,
And in the name of our God we will set up our banners!
May the Lord fulfill all your petitions.
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.
Some trust in chariots, and some in horses;
But we will remember the name of the Lord our God.
They have bowed down and fallen;
But we have risen and stand upright.
May the King answer us when we call.
Before battle, the congregation of Israel joined King David to intercede on his behalf. This psalm represents the prayer of the people on behalf of their beloved king whose heart was right before God. The people’s prayer is instructive: May He grant you according to your heart’s desire, and fulfill all your purpose. . . May the Lord answer you in the day of trouble . . . May the Lord fulfill all your petitions. Their trust was not in military might—chariots and horses—but in the living God of Israel who enabled the king to return victorious!
© Charles E. McCracken 2016, devotional comments only. Repost/Reprint with permission from the author. Scripture taken from the NKJV.