Psalm 20: Trust in the Name of the LORD Our God

I like this psalm better than the last we looked at. It’s another Psalm of David, but this one is more celebratory. This one feels like it’s a blessing upon a new baby or something.


Psalm 20

1May the LORD answer you in the day of trouble!
May the name of the God of Jacob protect you!
2May he send you help from the sanctuary
and give you support from Zion!
3May he remember all your offerings
and regard with favor your burnt sacrifices! Selah

4May he grant you your heart’s desire
and fulfill all your plans!
5May 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!

6Now I know that the LORD saves his anointed;
he will answer him from his holy heaven
with the saving might of his right hand.
7Some trust in chariots and some in horses,
but we trust in the name of the LORD our God.
8They collapse and fall,
but we rise and stand upright.

9O LORD, save the king!
May he answer us when we call.

Okay, maybe it’s a blessing on a king instead of a new baby but I think the point still stands. It’s a sort of hope that we would tell another person about their lives and their potential relationship to God.

It’s very “this is what we hope for you” and I love that sentiment. We still do that for people, though it is mostly babies now, whether or not you are religious. It’s about the breaks we hope you get. I can see it as a toast at a celebration like a birthday or coronation.

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