Reading the Word
Psalm 20:1–9 (ESV)
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! Selah4 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.
Understanding and Applying the Word
In this psalm of David, we read a blessing for Israel as they prepare for battle against an enemy. As they ready for war, the people are reminded that their fate is in God’s hands. Some trust in their own strength and abilities to save themselves, but the people of God trust in him for their salvation!
Throughout Scripture, God’s people are called to trust in him. Noah was told to trust when he built the ark. Abraham was called on to trust God when he commanded him to go to a new country. Moses had to trust when he led the people out of Egypt and into the wilderness. And we too must trust that God has put forth his Son as payment for our sins and that eternal life awaits us beyond the pain and suffering of this sinful world. In every situation, we trust in the Lord and give praise to his name!
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