Psalm 20 & Next Week’s Reading Plan

Monday the 21st    Psalm 21

Tuesday the 22nd    Psalm 22

Wednesday the 23rd    Psalm 23

Thursday the 24th    Romans 5

Friday the 25th        Psalm 24

Saturday the 26th    Psalm 25

Sunday the 27th        Please pray for Louis’ first time preaching in a church here in Lebanon. He will be preaching at a Filipino church (a slave church). The Help is an appropriate movie to watch if you want to know more about the way these maids and house help are treated and live. We hope to post more about this subculture in Lebanon at a later date.

Overview

    This Psalm of David is a prayer that I think I will store away for someone who needs encouragement or truth spoken into their lives. And if that person is you, my advice would be to take this Psalm like David is praying it for you. David asks for the Lord to answer us in the day of trouble, to protect us, to send help, to remember and favor our offerings, to grant us our heart’s desire, fulfill our plans. He assures us that God is the one who saves us, and that no one else has His power.

Characters

David—the Psalmist, the Lord, you (insert name here), the king (Jesus is the King of Kings).

Key Verse

Verse 6 “Now I know that the Lord saves his anointed; he will answer him from his holy heavn with the saving might of his right hand.”

Cross References

Psalm 28:8 “The Lord is the strength of his people; he is the saving refuge of his anointed.”

Conclusion

    I read an amazing book that is almost out of print now called Balcony People. It talked about those people in our lives who cheer us on from the balcony, and how we can be that to others. This Psalm is an excellent example of a way to cheer others on. To pray for them, with them, this psalm would be such encouragement.

I especially like the visual of joy in verse 5, “May 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!”

I attended and was a part of leadership in a retreat in which banners were handmade for each participant in the retreat. This retreat was not for saving people, evangelism, but instead about that reviving of the soul that we have talked about, as well as discipleship. This verse is what we were doing when making banners: shouting for joy over the salvation that was already in place for the participants. It is so beautiful to be reminded that God does accept our offerings, and favor them.

Verse 4 stood out for a different reason, “May he grant you your heart’s desire and fulfill all your plans!” In my third reading of the Psalm I was trying to see it for myself, and thought, “What a bold and presumptuous request to ask God to grant me my heart’s desire and fulfill all my plans. However, I then thought that this is a great request when we are clinging to God. When we are doing what He is asking of us, have our desires aligned with His, then the things we want are already promises, gifts, and goals He has given us. This isn’t the beginning of a conversation with Him, it is in the midst of an ongoing conversation and relationship with Him. Just as salvation has already happened previous to this Psalm, God must continue to save us, as we have discussed.

Jesus in the Psalm

    “First, in Psalm 20, the congregation appeals to the Lord to bless the “king” (v. 9). Immediately in focus is the Davidic king (in this case, David himself), but these petitions ae so theologically supercharged that they can only be answered fully in the last “anointed” one, the Messiah (v. 6; John 1:41).”*

This is like my previous point. It would seem to someone reading this Psalm in seclusion that David is out for himself, asking “O Lord, save the king!” But, we know that God promised David his heir would gain the throne, and so his asking for God’s promise to be fulfilled is our “Your will be done” in the Lord’s prayer.

Monday: Psalm 21

*Note: I am using the ESV Gospel Transformation Bible for the Jesus in the Psalm section, so these are paraphrases and quotes from the commentary with my own ideas sprinkled in.

Thank you for reading. I am excited to hear your key verses, observations, and thoughts! Please leave a comment to share them with us.

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