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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

  • Ms. Nicole Manning
    In thy suffering fight harder, for thy Lord is with thee.
  • Annie
    Only when a man realizes that he is powerless without God's help and then call out to God for help will God unleash all heaven to come to the aid of such a man.
  • Whitney reese jr.
    God said that we do not receive when we ask because we ask amiss. God will not answer any request if: He knows you will use it to satisfy your flesh. You have to be careful about that because many times there are hidden desires in us that make us want to ask for things to please the flesh. So it is carnal. In order to receive we must have a change of heart really. Saintly desires is what he wants
    the word tells us that god will give us the desires of yhe heart sometimes we ask the wrong things we ask through our mouth rather than from the heart is our desires spiritual or carnel?
  • Akin
    The Lord answer me anytime i pray with this psalm.he always defend me anywhere i can not defend my self either am present or not.
  • Eaglesrock
    JEHOVAH HOSHE AH The Lord Save. This Psalm itself is different, notably because it is in the voice of a multitude that prays on behalf of the King of Israel as he is ready to go into battle. The people pray for the King..The picture is that of King David, before battle. Here the on looking multitude responds to the king s prayer with the cry, May the Lord answer you in the day of trouble.

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