May the name of the God of Jacob defend you;
2 May He send you help from the sanctuary,
And strengthen you out of Zion;
3 May He remember all your offerings,
And accept your burnt sacrifice. Selah (Psalm 20:1-3)
There are so many people looking for hope, a way out, an answer or a straw to grab on, in these last days. In fact, most people do not even know we are living in the last days (but that for another day). The hopelessness, aimlessness and general frustration with the fast-moving uncertainty of modern life rise above the peace, joy and understanding of what it really takes to cope with daily living.
Whether most, who live, breath and immerse themselves fully into the systems of man recognize it or not, there is a way to begin seeing daylight at the end of the proverbial tunnel - which is NOT the headlights of the freight train of despair driving desperately towards you. We, who are called by the Name of the Lord of Heaven's Armies (or the LORD OF HOSTS) know this way. While we may be called childish, simpletons and worse for believing it, the Spirit of God Who lives in all true believers testifies more than once per day to the validity, authenticity and accuracy of the Sufficiency of Scripture to address EVERYTHING THAT AILS MAN!
The Book of Psalms is the acknowledged Prayer Book of the Bible, to those who know how to find comfort, hope, wisdom and healing there. Psalm 20 is one of those which just stands out like a lighthouse calling and warning and signalling the fact of our blessed hope and assurance in the Lord! So today, is the first of a multi-part look at this wonderful divinely-inspired Scripture!
The first three verses of Psalm 20 (seen above) is a blessing for the one who doubts, is in pain and needs the Hand of the Lord. God is eternal and so is His Word. What He spake not so long ago (in the last 4000 years) to the human authors of Scripture stands to this day. So knowing the firm foundation of His Word, we stand on these words of every page of every section of every Bible ever produced.
Pray each of these verses for the following:
Verse 1: That the Lord will hear your prayer, cries and petitions in that He will turn His Ears to thee. The Lord does not hear the prayer of an unrighteous or unsaved person, unless that person is crying out to Him for salvation and forgiveness. So examine yourself first, to see if ye be in the Faith, then repent of all thy sins, that He may listen, hear from Heaven and heal thy land and thine true estate (state of being). After He hears you, pray that He defends you by sending His Holy Angels to watch over you and protect you from the evil one and those on this earth sent to cause you harm trouble and long-suffering.
Verse 2: Pray that all kinds of help will be sent from Heaven in whichever form God deems fit. He knows your situation and what you need to be defended from. He knows if you need relief from debt, financial ruin, physical or emotional harm or other dangers. Trust in the Lord your God and lean not on your own understanding and He, HE will defend your path and life,
Verse 3: While we don't do sacrifices like those in the old testament and while God does not need our puny money or things, He does need our obedience. King David writes for the Lord in Psalm 51 that the LORD "does not desire sacrifice, or else I would give it; You do not delight in burnt offering. The sacrifices of God are a broken spirit, a broken and a contrite heart" (Psalm 51:16-17). So first remember that you and I do nothing which the Lord wants. What He desires is our brokenness before Him. He acknowledges our obedience, our submission and our surrender to His will. This implies us sacrificing our own fleshly and sinful desires and breaking away from it, so we can be acceptable unto God, through Jesus Christ, amen.