Psalm 20 Commentary

Psalm 20 Commentary

The timing of this psalm is sometime after David’s coronation as king over the entire nation. Zion had become the seat of the nation’s administration. Israel had already found stability and David’s fame had spread.

It is from such a background that a prosperous David would preserve for us an important poster verse: Some trust in chariots and some in horses, but we trust in the name of the Lord our God.

It should be obvious but we often don’t just get it. We live in a mixed world. We don’t have the same source of help. The world has its trust in human beings, in wealth, good health, a good job, good connections, good systems, or simply the power of the will. The saint is different.

David paints it clearly for us. It becomes even more important when the writer is a David who has seen it all. Be it as a lad oozing with faith when he faced Goliath. Or as an accomplished military general at the head of an all-conquering military force. He still looked back and understood who was behind his success. And the saint must know it’s not their intelligence.

There is a loving Father orchestrating events to satisfy His own purposes. We know, in part, that the plans of the LORD are not to harm us but to give us hope and a future. They are good purposes. So a confident David can publicly wish answered prayers for God’s remnant. “May the LORD grant all your requests,” he said.

Now we understand, again in part, why the LORD may allow the saint to go through ‘issues’. Then they can encourage others to seek the face of the LORD whenever they are in distress. He had been there and the LORD answered him. The LORD remembered his sacrifices and burnt offerings. It is possible for his brothers and sisters. Then they, together with David, can lift up their banners in the name of the LORD.

When the body of Christ triumphs in faith, regardless of their physical situations, it becomes a moment of knowing that the LORD makes them immovable. They rise and stand firm.

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Published by Joseph Malekani

Joseph Malekani is a born-again Christian with a strong PAOG/Baptist background. He is heavily involved in student ministry with ZAFES – an IFES movement with focus on student ministry in Zambia. He is married to Audrey and they have two lovely children.

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