David kicks off Psalm 20 by asking for victory over an enemy. “v1 May the Lord answer you in the day of trouble! May the name of the God of Jacob set you securely on high!” Whomever David is addressing, they are looking to God for a problem to be solved. We do the same thing all the time ‘God please help my dad getting surgery. Allow me to be accepted into this university’ You can fill it in with whatever you’ve asked for. David, in his response, is essentially praying to God as well, on behalf of his subject. Notice how David prays to God, not just in verse 1, but throughout the chapter. “v2 May He send you help from the sanctuary and support you from Zion! 3 May He remember all your meal offerings and find your burnt offering acceptable! Selah. 4 May He grant you your heart’s desire and fulfill all your counsel!” Every one of his requests, David is placing it into God’s hands with a “may you.” David knows he has to leave it up to God, that his personal request means nothing.
How often do we do the same, yet lack that true trust in God? We submit a request ‘in His will’ yet deep down we do not want the door closed. Maybe that prayer is a yes, but maybe God answers it with a no. We try to deny it with a “God knows better” but have trouble accepting it. Look at how David continues in his prayer. In verse 5 he says “We will sing for joy over your victory, and in the name of our God we will set up our banners. May the Lord fulfill all your petitions.” He takes a pause, sets an indentation in the writing.
“v6 Now I know that the Lord saves His anointed; He will answer him from His holy heaven with the saving strength of His right hand. 7 Some boast in chariots and some in horses, but we will boast in the name of the Lord, our God.” David acknowledges his desire for victory may not happen. In these verses, he solidifies his trust in the Lord. He has his natural human desires, but he lets them truly go and says “we will boast in the name of the Lord, our God.” Whatever the outcome, he knows and believes God will prevail. Let us take an example from David. Cast away any personal desires when asking from God. If we believe in Him, we will have no doubts. Let us truly trust, intentionally set our hearts, to His glory, no matter what we desire.
William Pledger (18) is the Lead Director of CLM/TPS Chapel and is a senior at TPS