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Summary: A song of dependence on the Lord for victory from our enemies.

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Psalm 20

January 23, 2013

This sermon is a barebones outline

meant to provide encouragement to our church

after two back-to-back tragedies.

This is a Psalm asking for victory for the king in war. It’s also a song the church can sing about Christ. It’s not hard to apply it individually as we all fight spiritual battles and have many enemies.

The LORD hear thee in the day of trouble;

Jesus had days full of trouble, but He was heard and so will we be. What a comfort to know that the Lord hears us!

the name of the God of Jacob defend thee;

If you think about the life of Jacob you can see that he was delivered out of many troubles many times by God. We call on the name of the same God to help us.

2Send thee help from the sanctuary, and strengthen thee out of Zion;

Think about what the sanctuary was to Israel and how Christ is the substance of that shadow. The sanctuary was the holy place where God was worshiped, and it was the place of His presence. Our help and strength don’t come from any other place than God. Think of Psalm 23:6.

3Remember all thy offerings, and accept thy burnt sacrifice; Selah.

Look at I Samuel 13:8-12. It’s apparent that the king felt a need to offer a sacrifice before the battle began. Christ also offered a sacrifice before destroying His enemies, and it’s this very sacrifice and battle in which we trust. He has defeated Satan, death, and sin.

4Grant thee according to thine own heart, and fulfil all thy counsel.

The king’s desire would have been to put his people at ease from their enemies. Christ’s desire and plan was the salvation and rest of His church, and He didn’t lose even one.

5We will rejoice in thy salvation,

The subjects who heard of a king’s victory could rejoice knowing they were safe. Our King’s victory has caused us to rejoice!

and in the name of our God we will set up our banners:

Picture an army or a city with all its banners flying high overhead. Our enemies would tear them down, but we wave them in defiance. The name of the Lord is a strong tower (Prov. 18:10)!

the LORD fulfil all thy petitions.

Christ won total victory and received everything He asked. Think of His prayer in John 17.

6Now know I that the LORD saveth his anointed; he will hear him from his holy heaven with the saving strength of his right hand.

We know by experience that God saves His people. “He will hear and save” points us back to verse 2. “Now I know” (:6) that He’ll do it.

7Some trust in chariots, and some in horses: but we will remember the name of the LORD our God.

The other armies trust in their strength, but we trust in God’s.

8They are brought down and fallen: but we are risen, and stand upright.

The result is plain: no strength can deliver from God or overtake Him.

9Save, LORD: let the king hear us when we call.

We call on our Lord and King to save us, and we’re confident of His victory!

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