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1 (To the chief Musician, A Psalm of David.) The LORD hear thee in the day of trouble; the name of the God of Jacob defend thee;

2 Send thee help from the sanctuary, and strengthen thee out of Zion;

3 Remember all thy offerings, and accept thy burnt sacrifice; Selah.

4 Grant thee according to thine own heart, and fulfil all thy counsel.

5 We will rejoice in thy salvation, and in the name of our God we will set up our banners: the LORD fulfil all thy petitions.

6 Now know I that the LORD saveth his anointed; he will hear 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 are brought down and fallen: but we are risen, and stand upright.

9 Save, LORD: let the king hear us when we call.

Commentary for Psalms 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.

Commentary by Matthew Henry, 1710.

Discussion for Psalms 20

  • Jade
    My Jesus I love him through him I am alive today after all been passing through I know he's with me all the way long and I love him .just as he chosen David who wrote such great psalm he been with him in spite of faults he loved him he grant him victory over many Cause David truly love God that's when he wrote psalm 51 to cleanse Jesus protect us in your kind ways always Amen
  • Yvonne Bell -Morrion
    Psalm 20 is telling is that as long as we believe i God and trust Him when the challenges of life faces us he will protect us as long as we pray and call upon Him to direct our path.
  • Not me
    A man who has the whole world and doesn't have Jesus in his heart, is not worth anything in the kingdom of God. The man profits from the devil but not from God
  • Funke Ogunsola
    The time of trouble is near! Jesus cometh very soon. Then there will be no more grace, no mercy and no favor. There will be no more defense. Whoever does not repent NOW and turn a new life will be caught in the terrible web. What does it profit a man who gains the whole world and loses his soul?
  • Eric
    Now the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, that ye may abound in hope, through the power of the Holy Ghost.
  • Norm
    But now is Christ risen from the dead, and become the firstfruits of them that slept. Let us be glad and rejoice, and give honour to him: for the marriage of the Lamb is come, and his wife hath made herself ready. Blessed are they which are called unto the marriage supper of the Lamb.

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In Psalm 20, David says some trust in horses and some in ___?
  • Swords
  • Chariots
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