Pray Through the Psalms (Day 6) | July 1, 2023
In Psalm 20, David is saying a prayer for himself and his nation. He's asking God for help in this time of trouble, especially as he's preparing to go into battle. David believes that God is the one who gives him strength and victory. He’s also hoping that God will accept his sacrifices and offerings and give him everything he needs to lead the nation well.
The psalm ends with a declaration of trust in God's power and confidence that He will answer David’s prayers. It's like a pep talk and a reminder that like David, we can rely on God to help us through any difficult situation.
Guided prayer: “God, I need your help. I can’t face what’s before me alone. Come alongside me with your wisdom and give me courage. Thank you for hearing me when I call and coming to my rescue. I know that you’ll take care of me. Amen.”
May the Lord answer you in the day of trouble!
May the name of the God of Jacob protect you!
May he send you help from the sanctuary
and give you support from Zion!
May he remember all your offerings
and regard with favor your burnt sacrifices!
May he grant you your heart’s desire
and fulfill all your plans!
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!
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.
Some trust in chariots and some in horses,
but we trust in the name of the Lord our God.
They collapse and fall,
but we rise and stand upright.
O Lord, save the king!
May he answer us when we call.