Psalm 20 Explained: What’s Behind This Ancient Battle Hymn?

Discover how Psalm 20 can uplift you in times of challenges. Trust in God's power, seek support from a higher power, and align your goals with your values to overcome adversity.

Understanding the Psalm

Psalm 20 is a prayer for divine help and blessings, often attributed to King David.

It expresses trust in the LORD’s power to protect and support the faithful in times of distress.

The New International Version (NIV) of Psalm 20:

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 the 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!

In your life, you might find yourself facing challenges that seem insurmountable.

During such times, remembering the message of Psalm 20 can be uplifting. Trust in your beliefs can be a source of strength, similar to how the psalmist finds confidence in God’s protection.

When setting out on a new venture, keep in mind the principle of seeking support from a higher power as the psalm suggests.

In moments where you need to make important decisions, let the phrase “may he give you the desire of your heart and make all your plans succeed” inspire you to align your goals with your values and ethics.

Finally, when faced with adversity, remember “some trust in chariots and some in horses, but we trust in the name of the LORD our God” to remind yourself that material assets are not the only form of support; sometimes, faith and perseverance make all the difference.