Psalm 20

1 May the Lord answer you when you are in distress; may the name of the God of Jacob protect you. 2 May he send you help from the sanctuary and grant you support from Zion. 3 May he remember all your sacrifices and accept your burnt offerings. 4 May he give you the desire of your heart and make all your plans succeed. 5 May we shout for joy over your victory and lift up our banners in the name of our God.

May the Lord grant all your requests.

6 Now this I know: the Lord gives victory to his anointed. He answers him from his heavenly sanctuary with the victorious power of his right hand. 7 Some trust in chariots and some in horses, but we trust in the name of the Lord our God. 8 They are brought to their knees and fall, but we rise up and stand firm. 9 Lord, give victory to the king! Answer us when we call!

I have a suspicion that sometimes we are very small-minded when it comes to the things of God. Now I’m not advocating a health, wealth and prosperity gospel, but I suspect that in our Scottish context we are likely to expect (and ask for) way less of God and his goodness than he is longing to give. 

John talks about a Father who lavishes his love on his children (1 John 3:1) and yet we are sometimes so feeble in our asking of him. How does it sit with you to think about praying this psalm over yourself, your loved ones, those whom you find just a wee bit tricky? Who is it most difficult to pray it for? Does that surprise you?

  • Spend a few minutes using this psalm as a basis for praying over your own situations today.
  • Spend a few minutes using this psalm to pray for one of the young people in your care.