Psalm 20 – The Answer Promised
Psalm 20 is a prayer for victory in battle. Such a prayer can help us prepare for any significant challenge. David knew that trust should be placed in the Lord more than in human power. Today we are going focus on this amazing scripture, Psalm 20:1 on the answer promised from the Lord and also look at a few other scriptures.
MAY the Lord answer you in the day of trouble; (Ps. 20:1a NKJV)
The day of trouble likely refers to the day of battle. But it has broad application for any troubled day in the life of the believer.
The Hebrew word for trouble is “tsaw-raw’” which means distress. It also means adversary, adversity, affliction, anguish, and tribulation.
According to the dictionary, distress means extreme anxiety, sorrow, or pain. So we could read Psalm 20:1 as:
“MAY the Lord answer you in the day of extreme anxiety, sorrow, or pain.”
Delight Yourself Also In The Lord
Delight yourself also in the Lord; And He shall give you the desires of your heart. (PS. 37:4 NKJV)
David calls us to take delight in the Lord and to commit everything we have and do to Him. But how do we do this? To delight in someone means to experience great pleasure and joy being with that person. And this happens only when we know that person well.
Thus, to delight in the Lord, we must know him better. Knowledge of God’s great love for us will indeed give us pleasure.
“He shall give you the desires of your heart.” God will grant you what you want when you delight in Him. But what you want will be very much affected by your joy in the Lord. If we delight in Him, we will not desire many things that the flesh desires but will want what God wants. God will quickly grant those wishes.
He Shall Call Upon Me, And I Will Answer Him
He shall call upon Me, and I will answer him; I will be with him in trouble; I will deliver him and honor him. (Ps. 91:15 NKJV)
When we abide in Christ, when we are devoted to Him and walk in His ways, it will very much affect our prayer life. We will pray more persistently, more correctly, and more productively.
Then You Shall Call, And The Lord Will Answer
Then you shall call, and the Lord will answer; you shall cry, and He will say, ‘Here I am.’ “If you take away the yoke from your midst, the pointing of the finger, and speaking wickedness. (Isaiah 58:9 NKJV)
The righteous one is assured that whenever he calls, the LORD will answer, ”Here I am.” Providing he will eliminate oppression, stop pointing the finger in accusation or scoffing and slander if he will alleviate human need, both spiritual and physical, then God promises that his night will turn to day. He will enjoy guidance, abundant supply of good things, health and strength, beauty and fruitfulness, and national restoration.
I Will Answer Them Before They Even Call To Me
I will answer them before they even call to me. While they are still talking to me about their needs, I will go ahead and answer their prayers! (Isaiah 65:24 TLB)
During the millennial kingdom, people will work, and God will bless their labors. People will pray, and God will answer.
Call Out To Me, And I Will Answer You
‘Call out to me, and I will answer you —I will tell you great things, hidden things of which you are unaware.’” (Jeremiah 33:3 CJB)
God assured Jeremiah that he had only to ask God and God would answer. God is ready to respond our prayers, but we must ask for his assistance. Surely God could take care of our needs without our asking. But when we ask, we are acknowledging that he alone is God and that we cannot accomplish in our strength all that is his domain to do. When we ask, we must humble ourselves, lay aside our wilfulness and worry, and determine to obey him.
Recap Of Answers Promised
MAY the Lord answer you in the day of trouble; delight yourself also in the Lord; And He shall give you the desires of your heart. He shall call upon Me, and I will answer him; I will be with him in trouble; I will deliver him and honor him. Then you shall call, and the Lord will answer; you shall cry, and He will say, ‘Here I am.’ “If you take away the yoke from your midst, the pointing of the finger, and speaking wickedness. I will answer them before they even call to me. While they are still talking to me about their needs, I will go ahead and answer their prayers! ‘Call out to me, and I will answer you —I will tell you great things, hidden things of which you are unaware.’”
Declaration Of Faith
God is my comfort and my delight, and He gives me all the desires of my heart.
He/She will call upon Me and I will answer him/her. I will be with him/her in times of trouble. I will deliver him/her and set him/her in the place of highest honor.
I call upon the Lord and He answers me. He entertains my every prayer.
When I call upon God, He answers me. He is so attentive to my prayers that before I even speak, He has the answer ready for me.
He makes me be at peace with my enemies and the only part the devil has in my life is eating the dust from my feet.
When God and I get together for a heart-to-heart talk, He reveals to me hidden and unsearchable things that I could never discover on my own.
Here is a great video by Rabbi Greg Hershberg on Psalm 20. It is only 15 minutes long.
I hope this blog post and video has blessed you. Please don’t forget to leave your comments, questions or any insights you are willing to share that the Lord may have given you.
‘May the Lord bless and protect you; may the Lord’s face radiate with joy because of you; may he be gracious to you, show you his favor, and give you his peace.’
Love your sister in Christ,
Believer’s Bible Commentary
Bible Exposition Commentary – Be Comforted (Isaiah)
Chronological Life Application Study Bible
Strong’s Talking Greek & Hebrew Dictionary