Monday 9 January, 2017

Psalm 20

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.[b] 4 May he give you the desire of your heart and make all your plans succeed. 5 May we shout for joy over your victory and lift up our banners in the name of our God. May the Lord grant all your requests. 6 Now this I know: The Lord gives victory to his anointed. He answers him from his heavenly sanctuary with the victorious 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 Lord, give victory to the king! Answer us when we call!

What an interesting psalm. It was written by David, the king, to be sung by others about the king. It’s like David is saying to his people “this is how you can encourage me. This is how you can pray for me”

It makes me wonder how do I pray for my leaders? When I pray for Pastors Richard and Sue and the pastoral team of my church, what words do I use? Is it wishy-washy or is it with a gutsy, clenched fist and a war-like cry…

May The Lord answer your cry v1

May He send you help from his sanctuary v2

May he grant the desires of your heart and make all your plans succeed v4

May he remember all your gifts and look favourably on your sacrifices v3

We will shout for joy when we hear of your victory v5

We will boast in the name of The Lord our God! v7

Lord, may my prayers for my leaders be like that!

Amen

Written by Boudy VanNoppen

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