Psalm 20:8 “Some trust in chariots and some in horses…They are brought to their knees and fall,”
[Horses die, chariots shatter, people pass, strength subsides, and every person in the world comes to the end of his or her rope where there is no further hope.]
“but we rise up and stand firm.”
[But in you, Lord Jesus, strength endures forever: your love is everlasting and your grace goes on through all eternity. When we come to the end of our rope, we can switch to your infinite and eternal rope, crying out to you, surrendering to you, trusting in you.
In you and in your power we will be able to advance against a troop, to scale a wall , to fight the battle, for we are shielded by your goodness (Ps. 18:29). We will always be able to stand firm in you, if we have on the full armor of God.]
Psalm 20:9 “O LORD, save the king!”
[Praise you that you saved king David in every battle and in every difficulty–and through his line brought us our Savior!]
“Answer us when we call!”
[Every day we pray, and every day you answer in your faithfulness. You are my Rock in whom I can take refuge (Ps. 18:2); you are my high tower in whom I can hide; you are my hope in whom I can rest (Ps. 62:5). For this I give you praise and honor and glory, Lord. I give you exaltation, worship and thanksgiving. In your faithfulness you are worthy of all surrender, all obedience, all submission.
So I bow before you now, the Mighty Creator, the Powerful Sustainer, my Strong Defender. And I rise up into this day so that, by your power, I can obey you in praise, in patience, in trust, in thought, word and deed. Glorify yourself in my life today, O Lord God. Amen.]