Psalm 20

Protection in trouble, rejoicing in salvation
In this first psalm of a pair, is a prayer for the king going out to battle. Psalm 21 is about victory.
 1 ¶ <<To the chief Musician, A Psalm of David.>> The LORD hear thee in the day of trouble; the name of the God of Jacob defend thee;   Although for the king in battle, this psalm may guide our prayer in our "day of trouble."
  Trouble From tsarah which means "distress," or "narrowness." The same Hebrew word is used for "trouble" in ps04601.
  Name If we reverently take the name of God ex2007 by calling ourselves believers in Him as His daughters and sons, we may boldly ask for His help in times of trouble 2ch0714, is4307.
  God of Jacob Remember that Jacob had trouble but prevailed. See on ps04607.
 2 Send thee help from the sanctuary, and strengthen thee out of Zion; 
 3 Remember all thy offerings, and accept thy burnt sacrifice; Selah.
  Sanctuary The source of salvation. Physical and spiritual salvation merge at the coming of Christ  and we may think of them in that sense here.
  Zion See ps00206.
  Remember ... offerings This is the basis of our prayer today. We may ask because Jesus purchased our salvation. The offerings all pointed to Him. See on jn1624.
  Burnt sacrifice 'Olah. An offering where the animal was completely burned le0103. "Offering" in the first part of the verse is from minchah, a grain offering, le0201.
 4 Grant thee according to thine own heart, and fulfil all thy counsel.
 5 We will rejoice in thy salvation, and in the name of our God we will set up our banners: the LORD fulfil all thy petitions.
  Name See on ps0717.
.6 ¶ Now know I that the LORD saveth his anointed; he will hear him from his holy heaven with the saving strength of his right hand.   Saveth his anointed The king is speaking.
  Hear ... from ... heaven In v2 we saw salvation from the sanctuary which we thought of as on the earth. Realizing that the sanctuary on earth is a model of the one in heaven for helping us understand the work of Christ, there is no conflict he0805. Even though the process of dealing with sin did not begin in heaven until the cross he0922, le1711, the Lord was reigning from Heaven. He accepted prayers and sacrifices on the basis of the coming Redeemer. This is pictured in the sanctuary calendar where, throughout the year, forgiveness was granted and the blood was taken into the sanctuary le0427. On the Day of Atonement the promise of forgiveness was confirmed the record cleared. The animals slain on that special day represented the Lamb of God who literally gave His life as the Passover Lamb. On the cross the promise became reality. This removal of sin may be understood as the cleansing of the sanctuary da0814.
  This explanation has been too brief but can provide something to think about as you learn more from the Bible. The Day of Atonement was a judgment in that the record was confirmed or, if the guilty person did not humble his heart, denied. See that Judgment at re1407.
.7 Some trust in chariots, and some in horses: but we will remember the name of the LORD our God.   Trust Only rarely did the kings of Israel remember the name of the Lord and let Him fight the battles
 8 They are brought down and fallen: but we are risen, and stand upright.
 9 Save, LORD: let the king hear us when we call.
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