6.25.2008

30 DoW: Day 25

I chose Psalm 20
1
To the Chief Musician. A Psalm of David

May the Lord answer you in the day of trouble;
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

4 May He grant you according to your heart's desire,
And fulfill all your purpose.

5 We will rejoice in your salvation,
And in the name of our God we will set up our banners!
May the Lord fulfill all your petitions.

6 Now I know that the Lord saves His anointed;
He will answer him from His holy heaven
With the saving strength of His right hand.

7 Some trust in chariots, and some in horses;
But we will remember the name of the Lord our God.

8 They have bowed down and fallen;
But we have risen and stand upright.

9 Save, Lord!
May the King answer us when we call.

attribute & response:
Strength. A friend recommended this psalm today because of recent circumstances in our lives. It's rather militant, but he especially cited the first portion, where God is seen as defender, and one who helps us in the day of trouble, sending us help from "the sanctuary." The historic references here refer to the ark of the covenant, but the personal application is that while the world may actively try to work against us, there is a place we can go for help that they know nothing of. What we see as an end, for the Christian, is not the end. It's a new beginning in our lives as God provides.

I chose strength because God is our strength to get us through the difficult times, whatever they may be. The world may trust in many other things, but we can trust in the strength of the LORD. Again, he proves Himself only worthy of our complete trust and loyalty.

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