Psalm 20: Saving Strength of His Right Hand

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. Psalm 20:6

A Prayer for Victory

A psalm of trust ascribed to David. The tone of the psalm is one of blessing, such as a king might bestow on his people, perhaps on the eve of battle. It expresses trust in the Lord rather than military power.

20:1-5 The day of trouble likely refers to the day of battle. But it has wide application for any troubled day in the life of the believer. Sanctuary: Help from God was perceived to come from the temple in Jerusalem. Ultimately it comes from God’s dwelling in heaven, of which the earthly sanctuary was a symbol. Your offerings: The soldiers who were about to go to war would have completed the necessary sacrifices for confession of sin (see Lev. 1-7). In the immediate context, salvation is used to describe daily deliverance from the rigors of the battle and the victory over the enemy. But the Lord’s deliverance of us from our spiritual troubles should prompt the same type of praise.

1  To the Chief Musician. A Psalm of David. May the Lord answer you in the day of trouble; May the name of the God of Jacob defend you; 2  May He send you help from the sanctuary, And strengthen you out of Zion; 3  May He remember all your offerings, And accept your burnt sacrifice. Selah 4  May He grant you according to your heart’s desire, And fulfill all your purpose. 5  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.

20:7-9 Chariots were the leading weapon on the ancient battlefield. The implements of warfare are mere tools in God’s hand – the wise trust in God because the battle belongs to Him. May the King answer: Above King David was God the Great King; moreover, one day King Jesus would rule from sea to sea. Trust. The issue raised here is the reliance. Belief can be intellectual. Trust is a far more personal and challenging concept. Trust in God is resting the full weight of our confidence in Him, counting on Him alone to deliver us.

7  Some trust in chariots, and some in horses; But we will remember the name of the Lord our God. 8  They have bowed down and fallen; But we have risen and stand upright. 9  Save, Lord! May the King answer us when we call.

⇒  Chariots, like tanks, is a symbol of security.  It could be money, fame, properties or even family and friends.  Horses is a symbol of our own driving force such as our intellect or skills.  Anything and everything that is not God.


20 1  To the Chief Musician. A Psalm of David. May the Lord answer you in the day of trouble; May the name of the God of Jacob defend you; 2  May He send you help from the sanctuary, And strengthen you out of Zion; 3  May He remember all your offerings, And accept your burnt sacrifice. Selah 4  May He grant you according to your heart’s desire, And fulfill all your purpose. 5  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. 6  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. 7  Some trust in chariots, and some in horses; But we will remember the name of the Lord our God. 8  They have bowed down and fallen; But we have risen and stand upright. 9  Save, Lord! May the King answer us when we call.


 

 

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