Psalm 20, a chapter in the Book of Psalms in the Bible. The Book of Psalms is a collection of poetic and prayerful writings, often attributed to King David and other ancient poets and figures. These psalms cover a wide range of emotions, themes, and expressions of faith, including praise, lament, thanksgiving, and supplication.
Psalm 20 itself is a prayer for God’s help and favor, particularly in times of trouble or when facing challenges such as warfare or adversity. The chapter begins with an invocation for God’s response, protection, and support for the people.
Here is the complete text of Psalm 20 for context:
“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!”
The verse’s sentiments are relevant to various situations where individuals seek God’s blessings and support in their endeavors.