PSALM 20 - Prayer for Kings 21 Nov 2019
Reading at fist all the beautiful blessings in versus 1-5. I thought those blessings would apply to me. But in the verses 6-9 the direction of the song only applies to a king or saviour. And yes, the psalm is used at coronations of kings!
That reminds us that we need to pray for our rulers and for the second coming of Jesus.
1 [For the choirmaster Psalm Of David]
May Yahweh answer you in time of trouble,
may the name of the God of Jacob protect you!
2 May he send you help from the sanctuary,
give you support from Zion!
3 May he remember all your sacrifices
and delight in your burnt offerings! Pause
4 May he grant you your heart's desire
and crown all your plans with success!
5 So that with joy we can hail your victory
and draw up our ranks in the name of our God.
May Yahweh grant all your petitions.
6 Now I know that Yahweh gives victory to his anointed.
He will respond from his holy heavens
with great deeds of victory from his right hand.
7 Some call on chariots, some on horses,
but we on the name of Yahweh our God.
8 They will crumple and fall,
while we stand upright and firm.
9 Yahweh, save the king, answer us when we call.
Excerpt from THE NEW JERUSALEM BIBLE, copyright (c) 1985 by
Darton, Longman & Todd, Ltd. and Doubleday, a division
of Penguin Random House, Inc. Reprinted by Permission.
A very special coronation.