For the director of music. A psalm of David.
1 May the Lord answer you when you are in distress;
may the name of the God of Jacob protect you.
2 May he send you help from the sanctuary
and grant you support from Zion.
3 May he remember all your sacrifices
and accept your burnt offerings. Selah
4 May he give you the desire of your heart
and make all your plans succeed.
5 We will shout for joy when you are victorious
and will lift up our banners in the name of our God.
May the Lord grant all your requests.
6 Now I know that the Lord saves his anointed;
he answers him from his holy heaven
with the saving power of his right hand.
7 Some trust in chariots and some in horses,
but we trust in the name of the Lord our God.
8 They are brought to their knees and fall,
but we rise up and stand firm.
9 O Lord, save the king!
Answer us when we call!
The Holy Bible : New International Version. electronic ed. Grand Rapids : Zondervan, 1996, c1984, S. Ps 20:1-9
In today’s world it is difficult to know who to trust. It’s hard to discern in whom or in what is worth investing. Is it worth it to pour my heart and soul into my job only to be laid off after years of service? Is it worth it to reveal my true heart to someone I love and risk being rejected? Is it worth it to save money to invest in the stock market just to lose it all in a flash? Is it worth investing in a dream that might not come true? Is it worth trusting in God when that means handing over the reigns of my life?
Psalm 20 was in my bible study last night from Lord, I Want to Know You (Arthur). As I read through it I thought about you all, my blogging friends. I wondered which of the above verses stuck out to each of you. I wondered who needed to hear about trust. I wondered who needed to be reminded that the name of the Lord has the power to save. I wondered who needed to be reminded that God will answer us when we call. And I wondered who, like me, needed to hear that God still grants us our hearts desires, and it is He who makes our plans succeed.
But as a pondered each of these scenarios I realized they all begin and end with trust. We must trust in the name of the Lord. So I did a little more research and I found this quotation relating to verse seven.
“20:7. In contrast with those who trust in military equipment (or in horses, 33:17), David trusted in the Lord. The verb for trust is actually “keep in memory or ponder” (zāḵar). Contemplation of the Lord builds confidence in Him.
The object of his faith was the name of the Lord. God’s “name” is His nature, His reputation and character. David’s faith came from meditating and pondering on the known reputation of God.”
Walvoord, John F. ; Zuck, Roy B. ; Dallas Theological Seminary: The Bible Knowledge Commentary : An Exposition of the Scriptures
. Wheaton, IL : Victor Books, 1983-c1985, S. 1:809
I love the last sentence, “David’s faith came from meditating and pondering on the known reputation of God.” In order to trust God I must first know His reputation. I can’t ponder and meditate on what I don’t know, right? So today, I am focusing on what I know to be true about God. But I’d like your help.
I love to hear from you about what you know about God’s nature, reputation and character. If you have a favorite verse or passage that describes that character quality, please include it.
I would encourage you to take some time today to really ponder and meditate on God’s nature, reputation and character. Let this time build your confidence in the Lord. Read back through Psalm 20, and let these verses encourage your heart today. Is there one verse in particular that you need to hold on to today?
The verse I am clinging to today is verse 4. “May he give you the desire of your heart and make all your plans succeed.” I have so many dreams in my heart, nd often times I am scared to dream them. But today I am going to build my confidence in the Lord by meditating on who He is, knowing that He is the only one with the power to make my dreams come true.
God bless you today as you grow you trust in Him.