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Dave Burnette's Commentary

Psalm Chapter 20

Written By: God through Inspiration
Penned By: David, Asaph, Solomon, Heman, Ethan, Moses, and the Sons of Korah
Date Penned: (1440-586 BC)
Overview: Poetry for the Expression of Praise and Worship to God (c 1-150)
Theme: The First Book of Psalms (c 1-41)
Message: A Prayer for Victory (v 1-9)

Psalms 20 Commentary

(20:1) Zion -  Zion, the name of the hill on which Jerusalem was built, was also used as another name for the city itself, where David kept the ark of the covenant and Solomon built the great temple for God. God himself chose Zion to represent his presence upon the earth (132:13).

(20:6-8) God's Power - As long as there have been armies and weapons, nations have boasted of their power, but such power does not last. Throughout history, empires and kingdoms have risen to great power only to vanish in the dust. David, however, knew that the true might of his nation was not in weaponry but in worship- not in firepower but in God's power. Because God alone can preserve a nation or an individual, be sure your confidence is in God, who gives eternal victory: Don't let rumors of war, stories of mass killings, or the threat of ballistic missiles threaten your faith. Instead, let these fears drive you to the source of your faith: the God who loves you and promises ultimate victory over evil.

Dave Burnette's Life Application

Victory in Jesus

Each day we walk through the Bible chapter by chapter, making application of our text to help us grow in the Lord. Many applications can be made from each day's text. Today we continue in the Book of Psalm with Chapter 20. In our text today, we see a theme of praying for victory in battle. Such prayer lets us focus on who is in control and who gives us strength for victory. In applying, we see that we are to depend on God as we offer 100% depending on His Strength in Victory. If we rely on our strength, we will fall short. It is our faith in His strength in us that gives us victory. How about you? Do you depend on the Lord for strength when faced with battles in life? Let us learn from our Psalm and text today to learn that our victory comes from the Lord, as He gives us strength when we depend on Him to face the battles in our lives.


Psalm 20

Psalm 20

 1The LORD hear thee in the day of trouble; the name of the God of Jacob defend thee;

 2Send thee help from the sanctuary, and strengthen thee out of Zion;

 3Remember all thy offerings, and accept thy burnt sacrifice; Selah.

 4Grant thee according to thine own heart, and fulfil all thy counsel.

 5We will rejoice in thy salvation, and in the name of our God we will set up our banners: the LORD fulfil all thy petitions.

 6Now know I that the LORD saveth his anointed; he will hear him from his holy heaven with the saving strength of his right hand.

 7Some trust in chariots, and some in horses: but we will remember the name of the LORD our God.

 8They are brought down and fallen: but we are risen, and stand upright.

 9Save, LORD: let the king hear us when we call.