June 2nd, 2020 Daily Devotional

Psalm 20

1The Lord answer you in the day of trouble! The name of the God of Jacob

protect you!

2May he send you help from the sanctuary, and give you support from

Zion.

3May he remember all your offerings, and regard with favor your burnt

sacrifices.

4May he grant you your heart’s desire, and fulfill all your plans.

5May we shout for joy over your victory, and in the name of our God set up

our banners. May the Lord fulfill all your petitions.

6Now I know that the Lord will help his anointed; he will answer him from

his holy heaven with mighty victories by his right hand.

7Some take pride in chariots, and some in horses, but our pride is in the

name of the Lord our God.

8They will collapse and fall, but we shall rise and stand upright.

9Give victory to the king, O Lord; answer us when we call.


In a commentary on the book of Psalms, Dr. J. Clinton McCann

(Evangelical Associate Professor of Biblical Interpretation, Eden

Theological Seminary) writes this:

“On one level, it is possible to hear Psalm 20 as nothing more than a piece

of ancient Judean political propaganda—that is, God is on our side, and

God will give us the victory. It seems to be an ancient example of the kind

of thinking that is so dangerous and frightening in our day, thinking that

leads people to conclude that God sanctions whatever our nation does and

to label our opponents as evil empires.


On the other hand, it is possible to hear Psalm 20 quite differently, building

upon the insight that the primary actor in the psalm is God, not the king or

the people. Keeping this in mind, we can hear in Psalm 20 the lesson that

the people of any nation in some sense depend on their leaders, as well as

the admonition that both the people and their leaders are to depend on

God.

Mays concludes:

‘As Scripture the psalm teaches the church to pray for those who hold the

power of office, because they, like us, are dependent on the Lord. It warns

against ever letting our dependence on their service turn into the trust we

owe to God alone. It warns against allowing their fascination with military

strength to make us support policies based on trust in military might.’

In other words, Psalm 20 is actually anti-militaristic. It exhorts us to submit

our will to God’s will rather than pretend that our will is God’s will. It is

another invitation to live under God’s reign: ‘Thy kingdom come, thy will be

done.’” (New Interpreter’s Bible Commentary)


Psalm 20 is also a benediction, so as you move into the rest of your day,

hear these words of blessing, adapted from the Psalmist in Hymn #548


"May God Support You All Your Days":

May God support you all your days,

in times of gladness and in need.

May God remember you with grace

and bless your every word and deed. Amen.

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