Biblical scholars tell us Psalm 20 was written by David 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 you your heart's desire and 8) fulfill all your plans.
Wouldn't you be encouraged knowing 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!
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. 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 specifically mentions 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 wanted all sacrifices to be made to Him at the tabernacle by the priest. Previously, God used Moses as an intermediary, now He would use the priest. And as verse 7 states, sacrifices away from the tabernacle and without the priest led to idolatry". Then I get to 1 Timothy and the Holy Spirit reminded 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.