May the Lord Help

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! Selah
4 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.

I love the Book of Psalms. No matter the circumstances of my life, I can turn there and find encouragement, a reminder of God’s goodness, or the words of one who felt similar pain to what I may be feeling. The Psalms are bold, emotional, and real, written by people in all kinds of circumstances, from times of praise to times of anger to times of doubt. We all go through these things!

Psalm 20 reminds me that no matter the circumstances, I can turn to God. He hears and listens to my prayers. He is a God of help. I am never alone. God is always with me. “Some trust in chariots and some in horses, but we trust in the name of the LORD our God!” Amen.


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