Psalm 20:1 For the director of music. A Psalm of David (and a wonderful prayer for us.)
“May the LORD answer you when you are in distress;”
[Praise you, Jehovah Yahweh, that you DO answer: “I will call upon the Lord in the day of trouble, for he will answer me” (Ps. 86:7). As each of us has seen over and over, you pay attention, you answer, you supply, you protect, be it something as simple as making it home without an accident.
Unfortunately, we often take your answers for granted, forget them, treat each crisis and answer as a separate event, rather than seeing them in the stream of your grace. If we remember, we can say, “As He helped me there, and there, and there, so He will help me here!”]
“may the name of the God [Elohim] of Jacob protect you.”
[You, heavenly Father, are the strong and faithful One. In your name is persistent power, demonstrated in your working with that rascal, Jacob, the deceiver. You pursued him to the end through all his lying, cheating, favoritism and selfishness; and you finally brought him to surrender in worship on his death bed. And now, in spite of his ugly past, you are not ashamed to be called “The God of Jacob!”
As Elohim, “the powerful and faithful One,” you protected Jacob all through his life. In like manner you protect me at all times, in every place, in all circumstances. You are rock-solid-sure in your faithfulness and power.]
Psalm 20:2 “May he send you help from the sanctuary and grant you support from Zion.”
[Praise you, Lord God, that by prayer we can enter your sanctuary at any time and know that you will hear and accept us. Praise you that you always send help, just the right help, at just the right time—which may be much later than we want it–but then we have a chance to live by faith as we wait for your perfect and wise timing.]
Psalm 20:3 “May he remember all your sacrifices and accept your burnt offerings.”
[Praise you, Lord Jesus, that in your name and by your grace, we are able to offer the acceptable worship of the sacrifice of thanksgiving to you throughout the day. We are able to give you honor and glory in ways that are pleasing to you. Only in you and by your own sacrifice is this possible. Praise you for opening the way for us.]
Lord, help us to see your certain and clear answers to our prayers in our lives today. Thank you for how you will respond as the Lord, our God.