Verse of the Day Devotion: Psalm 20:1
“May the LORD answer you in the day of trouble! May the name of the God of Jacob set you securely on high!” – Psalm 20:1
Today is New Years Eve, and I want to wish everyone a wonderful 2021. And because we are moving into a new year, ending one of the more difficult years we have seen in a long time, I pray that everything goes well with you in every way. This psalm is a prayer for David who is preparing to go to war. However, the requests in this prayer can be offered for our sake also, for we are no doubt going into difficult times as we move into the new year, and closer to the day of Christ’s return. Therefore, this prayer I offer up to God on our behalf.
“May the LORD answer you in the day of trouble! May the name of the God of Jacob set you securely on high! May He send you help from the sanctuary And support you from Zion!!” Psalm 20:1. May God defend us during any trials and hard times which may come our way in the coming year, and may we understand You are always with us, and will never leave us or forsake. May we always have confidence that nothing can happen that You cannot address for our good. “And we know that God causes all things to work together for good to those who love God, to those who are called according to His purpose.” Romans 8:28.
“May He remember all your meal offerings And find your burnt offering acceptable! Selah.” Psalm 20:3. May You, God, be pleased with all the offerings we present to You; all the labor we do within the church and the light we shine on a world that so needs to hear the truth, all the worship we humbly offer to You, and the life we live in obedience to your will and in assistance to all in need. “Every man shall give as he is able, according to the blessing of the LORD your God which He has given you.” Deuteronomy 16:17.
“May He grant you your heart’s desire And fulfill all your counsel!” Psalm 20:4. May our heart’s desires be met in a way that helps us do the work You have called us to do. May our desires be those things that please You and helps us to be strong during difficult times and also helps others work their way through trials as well. “Delight yourself in the LORD; And He will give you the desires of your heart.” Psalm 37:4.
“We will sing for joy over your victory, And in the name of our God we will set up our banners. May the LORD fulfill all your petitions.” Psalm 20:5. May our hearts be filled with joy over all you do for us, and may we declare to all what you Oh Lord have done for us. May we rejoice and be glad for all of your loving help in all things. “Rejoice in the Lord always; again I will say, rejoice! Let your gentle spirit be known to all men. The Lord is near.” Philippians 4:4-5
“Now I know that the LORD saves His anointed; He will answer him from His holy heaven With the saving strength of His right hand.” Psalm 20:6. Lord, we thank you for saving us and answering us from your heavenly abode. That your mighty right hand is always there to protect us from all the enemy’s attacks and ways, and we thank you for the peace this gives us. “No weapon that is formed against you will prosper; And every tongue that accuses you in judgment you will condemn. This is the heritage of the servants of the LORD, And their vindication is from Me, declares the LORD.” Isaiah 54:17,
“Some boast in chariots and some in horses, But we will boast in the name of the LORD, our God. They have bowed down and fallen, But we have risen and stood upright.” Psalm 20:7-8. Lord, may we put our trust in you and not in anything else. Help us to stand strong and upright because of the trust we have in you that there is nothing that can defeat us with you on our side. Let us not boast in ourselves but boast in you because you work all things through us for good. “Thus says the LORD, Let not a wise man boast of his wisdom, and let not the mighty man boast of his might, let not a rich man boast of his riches; but let him who boasts boast of this, that he understands and knows Me, that I am the LORD who exercises lovingkindness, justice and righteousness on earth; for I delight in these things, declares the LORD.” Jeremiah 9:23-24.
“Save, O LORD; May the King answer us in the day we call.” Psalm 20:9. Lord, we ask that we hear your answer when we pray and come before you, for you are our king and you provide all the help we need. We thank you for all the answers you have and will provide us in the coming year. “This is the confidence which we have before Him, that, if we ask anything according to His will, He hears us. And if we know that He hears us in whatever we ask, we know that we have the requests which we have asked from Him.” 1 John 5:14-15.
May this coming year be one where we continue to grow in the fear and admonition of the Lord. May we always continue to grow closer to Him in all ways, and consistently trust Him that He can bring us through anything that can come our way. God Bless you all.
William Funkhouser MDiv, ThD, Founder and President of True Devotion Ministries.