Sunday, March 20, 2011
Preparing for the New Week - March 20, 2011
Psalm 20 (New Living Translation)
1 In times of trouble, may the Lord answer your cry.
May the name of the God of Jacob keep you safe from all harm.
2 May he send you help from his sanctuary
and strengthen you from Jerusalem.
3 May he remember all your gifts
and look favorably on your burnt offerings.
4 May he grant your heart’s desires
and make all your plans succeed.
5 May we shout for joy when we hear of your victory
and raise a victory banner in the name of our God.
May the Lord answer all your prayers.
6 Now I know that the Lord rescues his anointed king.
He will answer him from his holy heaven
and rescue him by his great power.
7 Some nations boast of their chariots and horses,
but we boast in the name of the Lord our God.
8 Those nations will fall down and collapse,
but we will rise up and stand firm.
9 Give victory to our king, O Lord!
Answer our cry for help.
When David wrote his Pslams, he wrote them while in distress and trouble, and in times of joy and thanksgiving. He has a very intimate relationship with God, and these writings reveal the intimacy that He had. Here he writes concerning the confidence he has in God as the One who brings him success and avenges him from his enemies. What I think he was trying to show the reader was that he had great confidence in God to do anything for his best.
As Christians, we have the same access to God that David had. Jesus Christ has opened the way, and through the Holy Spirit we are able to know the heart of God. In turn God works through your situation to assure a positive outcome. Why not share your concerns and burdens concerning the upcoming week with God? Write them down and pray through them, commiting each one to Him. At the end of the week, look back at your notes and see what He has accomplished on your behalf.
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