Psalms 20

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1 May the LORD 1answer you in the day of trouble! May 2the name of the God of Jacob 3protect you!
2 May he send you help from 4the sanctuary and give you support from 5Zion!
3 May he 6remember all your offerings and regard with favor your burnt sacrifices! Selah
4 May he 7grant you your heart's desire and fulfill all your plans!
5 May we shout for joy over 8your salvation, and in the name of our God set up our 9banners! 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 10the saving might of his right hand.
7 Some trust in 11chariots and some in 12horses, 13but 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 14the king! May he answer us when we call.

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Psalms 20 Commentary

Chapter 20

This psalm is a prayer for the kings of Israel, but with relation to Christ.

- Even the greatest of men may be much in trouble. Neither the crown on the king's head, nor the grace in his heart, would make him free from trouble. Even the greatest of men must be much in prayer. Let none expect benefit by the prayers of the church, or their friends, who are capable of praying for themselves, yet neglect it. Pray that God would protect his person, and preserve his life. That God would enable him to go on in his undertakings for the public good. We may know that God accepts our spiritual sacrifices, if by his Spirit he kindles in our souls a holy fire of piety and love to God. Also, that the Lord would crown his enterprises with success. Our first step to victory in spiritual warfare is to trust only in the mercy and grace of God; all who trust in themselves will soon be cast down. Believers triumph in God, and his revelation of himself to them, by which they distinguish themselves from those that live without God in the world. Those who make God and his name their praise, may make God and his name their trust. This was the case when the pride and power of Jewish unbelief, and pagan idolatry, fell before the sermons and lives of the humble believers in Jesus. This is the case in every conflict with our spiritual enemies, when we engage them in the name, the spirit, and the power of Christ; and this will be the case at the last day, when the world, with the prince of it, shall be brought down and fall; but believers, risen-from the dead, through the resurrection of the Lord, shall stand, and sing his praises in heaven. In Christ's salvation let us rejoice; and set up our banners in the name of the Lord our God, assured that by the saving strength of his right hand we shall be conquerors over every enemy.

Cross References 14

  • 1. [Genesis 35:3]
  • 2. Proverbs 18:10
  • 3. Psalms 59:1; Psalms 69:29
  • 4. Psalms 73:17; 2 Chronicles 20:8
  • 5. Psalms 128:5
  • 6. [Acts 10:4]
  • 7. Psalms 21:2
  • 8. Psalms 9:14
  • 9. Psalms 60:4; Song of Songs 6:4, 10
  • 10. [Psalms 28:8]
  • 11. Isaiah 31:1; Isaiah 36:9
  • 12. Proverbs 21:31
  • 13. [1 Samuel 17:45; 2 Chronicles 32:8]
  • 14. Psalms 48:2

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Psalms 20 Commentaries

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