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1 To the chiefe Musician. A Psalme of Dauid. The Lord heare thee in the day of trouble, the Name of the God of Iacob defend thee.

2 Send thee helpe from the Sanctuary: and strengthen thee out of Sion.

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

4 Graunt thee according to thine owne heart, and fulfill all thy counsell.

5 We will reioyce in thy saluation, and in the Name of our God we will set vp our banners: the Lord fulfill all thy petitions.

6 Now know I, that the Lord saueth his Anointed: he wil heare him from his holy heauen, with the sauing strength of his right hand.

7 Some trust in charets, and some in horses: but wee will remember the Name of the Lord our God.

8 They are brought downe and fallen: but we are risen, and stand vpright.

9 Saue Lord, let the King heare vs when we call.

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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

  • Ijeoma Otigbuo
    God is Great. His Presence in my life is Heaven to me and my family. He never fails. In Christ I stand!!!
  • Olivia
    I was in church. When the enemy told me did all the people in the church did not love me. A preacher and the church told told the church what was going on. Everybody come to hug me and tell me they love me except for one lady that started a rumor. Then God gave me Psalms 20th chapter I opened it up. Come open on Psalms 20 I read it to the church.
  • Winnie Kyokunda Buziro
    Psalms 20, encourages us believers. To know that even if we're are attacked by the enemy, our God is our defender. And if He is our defender who can fight GOD, the Almighty. Let's be rest assured that He cares for us, no matter what we go through in life, so let's put our full trust in Him in Jesus Name. Amen
  • Steven Amadei
    I LOVE our loving and merciful Heavenly Father. Truly a Living God.!!!!! The one and Only God the Almighty!!! Ask for repentance. Make Him everything in your life first and He will guide you. A True God of Love and Justice. Accept His Love and guidance. True Happiness. True Peace. Trust and stay strong through the glorious hope and faith in our Redeemer. Ears to hear and eyes to see. COME!!!
    Amen
  • Obbie Beal
    Each drop of rain is HIS! Each kernel of Grain is HIS! the darkness of night and sun-light is HIS! each breath HE allow humans to breath is HIS! never-the -less, Some trust in chariots, and some in horses: but we will remember the name of the LORD our God. WOW! WOW! WOW!
  • Chris
    Just read this chapter, put your trust and faith in the one true God. He is the only hope we have, this life is so short why do anything other than love the Lord God with all thy heart. I m personally looking forward to the life to come and yes that means I m looking forward to my death!

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