Biblical scholars tell us David wrote Psalm 20 for the people of Israel to pray as the nation prepared for battle. They were interceding for the king, asking for his success against the enemies of Israel. Psalm 21 was the prayer of celebration for the answer.
As I read this morning, Psalm 20 struck me as a perfect prayer for believers to pray for each other. Look at the request the intercessor makes: 1) May the LORD answer you in the day of trouble; 2) protect you; 3) send you help; 4) give you support; 5) remember your offerings; 6) regard with favor your sacrifices; 7) grant your heart's desire and 8) fulfill all your plans.
Wouldn't it encourage you know your brothers and sisters in Christ are praying this for you regularly? Don't you think they would desire the same from you? Can you imagine them placing your name in Psalm 21:7 in place of "the king"? Wouldn't you rejoice knowing there were those praying, "For (your name) trusts in the LORD, and through the steadfast love of the Most High (he/she) shall not be moved"? I know I would!
In the same vein, don't you know our Father would love to hear His children's prayer of gratitude exemplified in Psalm 21? "O LORD, in your strength I rejoice and in your salvation, I greatly exult! You are the One who provides our heart's desire and have not withheld the request of our lips."
Do we respond to answered prayer for ourselves and others with such praise and worship?
Father, may your children faithfully pray for each other. Thank You for the example of Psalm 20 and 21.
1 Timothy 2:1-6
It is gratifying when God's Word comes together, so I see and comprehend. At times I must admit to being surprised at how the Holy Spirit connects Scripture as I read.
As stated, Psalm 20 is an intercessory prayer for King David. Here in 1 Timothy Paul says I should make supplication, prayer, intercession, and thanksgiving for all people. He mentions explicitly kings and all who are in high positions. The reason to pray for those in leadership is so we may lead peaceful and quiet lives, which are godly and dignified. Our prayer for others should be for salvation, that they might come to the knowledge of the Truth.
It is almost as if the Holy Spirit knows I need to be told the same thing over and over, to be reminded again and again.
In Leviticus 17 I wrote this note just to myself, "The LORD required all sacrifices be made to Him at the tabernacle by the priest. Previously, God used Moses as an intermediary; now He would use the priest." Then, in 1 Timothy, the Holy Spirit reminds me of the true mediator, Christ Jesus.
Holy Spirit, thank You. You are the Great Revealer. Please show me the One True God. May I have eyes to see Him as You reveal Him through the Word.