THE WARRIOR’S BENEDICTION Psalm 20 is a prayer for the king in appreciation of his efforts as a leader over the people. His subjects want his prayers heard, offerings accepted and wishes fulfilled (1-4). The prayer even expresses confidence that God has responded (5-76) and it exalts the power and strength of God above all human weapons and manipulations in the battles of life, giving victory to the king and the people he leads (7-9). But I see this psalm as WARRIORS BENEDICTION. A benediction is a pronounced blessing and you can view that semblance when you consider the order of its rendition, especially from verses 1-4. What else do we need in the battles of life than that the Lord answers us in the day of trouble? The Lord will answer you today in Jesus name! What else do we need than that the Lord DEFENDS us, sends HELP to us and STRENGTHEN us? I see DEFENSE, HELP AND STRENGTH coming for you as you face that battle in Jesus name! God is your strong SAVIOR and he is the Commander in Chief of our army. Verse 5 says, “We will rejoice in your salvation, and in the name of our God we will set up our BANNERS!” With God ahead of you in this battle victory is already sure. How do I know, Verse 5 says “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.” Some may trust in chariots, and some in horses; that is not your business. Yours is to “remember the name of the LORD our God.” (7). The difference will soon manifest: “They have bowed down and fallen; BUT WE HAVE RISEN AND STAND UPRIGHT” (8). Halleluyah!
So as you go to fight and win the battle of life, receive this BENEDICTION: “May the LORD answer you in the day of trouble; May the name of the God of Jacob defend you; May He send you help from the sanctuary, And strengthen you out of Zion; May He remember all your offerings, And accept your burnt sacrifice. May He grant you according to your heart’s desire, And fulfill all your purpose…AMEN and AMEN.


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