Psalm 20 features two main parts, as both the assembled people and King David pray for victory in an impending battle. First, the people pray that God would bless the king during the fight: “the day of trouble.” They pray that God would provide support for David, both spiritually, “from the sanctuary,” and militarily, “from Zion. “Their fate was wrapped up with their king’s. If he won, they won. If he lost, they lost. Real interesting, it tells us that we must pray before acting, we must analyze each situation and obstacle that comes our way in life in a practical, patient way and with faith in God. This Psalm invites us to analyze first, to pray first, and finally to act. Make the right decision after praying.

It reads in Psalm 20:1-9, KJV: The Lord hear thee in the day of trouble; the name of the God of Jacob defends thee; end thee help from the sanctuary and strengthen thee out of Zion; Remember all thy offerings and accept thy burnt sacrifice; Selah. Grant thee according to thine own heart and fulfil all thy counsel. 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. 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. Some trust in chariots, and some in horses: but we will remember the name of the Lord our God. They are brought down and fallen but we are risen and stand upright. Save, Lord: let the king hear us when we call.