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It is really totally amazing how God works! I was catching up on some Bible readings while I was on the treadmill on Sunday morning. One of the passages from that hour of reading time that stuck out the most was Psalm 20. Only a few hours later, Psalm 20 was our responsive reading at church! Hmm. Was I supposed to get that hint, God?

May the Lord answer you when you are in distress;
may the name of the God of Jacob protect you.
May he send you help from the sanctuary.
and grant you support from Zion.
May he remember all your sacrifices
and accept your burnt offerings.
May he give you the desire of your heart
and make all your plans succeed.
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.

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

Oh man, how I love the psalms! I don't even know where to begin here!

I think what caught my attention first was verse 4: "May he give you the desire of your heart and make all your plans succeed." I do believe that God wants to give us the things we desire. However, I also believe that as we learn to follow Him more closely, our desires will begin to align more closely with His. And that's a tricky thing sometimes. I mean, it would be really nice to win the lottery, but will that bring God glory? It definitely could, don't get me wrong! But before I start praying for that, I better figure out how God can use me best.

I also particularly like verse 7 and 8: "Some trust in chariots and some in horses, but we trust in the name of the Lord our God. They are brought to their knees and fall, but we rise up and stand firm." I think I like it because of a Jennifer Knapp song called In the Name. I used to listen to her music all the time! It was like the coolest thing getting to see her live at Sonshine when I was in high school. Every so often, some of her lyrics will pop into my head, and this Sunday was one of those days. Her song that's based on this psalm is simply awesome. I highly recommend you check it out!

The bottom line is that there is only one place we can place our trust; one place that we won't be disappointed. That place is God. This psalm is just a reminder that God won't let us down. He won't disappoint us. He is always there. He always wants what's best for us. In Him, we will find victory. In Him we can stand tall. We can rise up and stand firm.

There is so much to learn from such a short passage. Spend some time this week studying the 20th psalm. See what nuggets God gives you. It is always a good thing to be in God's word and learning and growing. Happy Monday, everyone!



0 # Margaret Kremers 2015-02-02 23:41
Great Psalm and great thoughts.
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