The Prayer that Changed A King
Devotional Thoughts from Psalm 20
To the chief Musician, A Psalm of David.
1 The Lord hear thee in the day of trouble;
The name of the God of Jacob defend thee;
2 Send thee help from the sanctuary,
And strengthen thee out of Zion;
3 Remember all thy offerings,
And accept thy burnt sacrifice; Selah.
4 Grant thee according to thine own heart,
And fulfil all thy counsel.
5 We will rejoice in thy salvation,
And in the name of our God we will set up our banners:
The Lordfulfil all thy petitions.
6 Now know I that the Lord saveth his anointed;
He will hear 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 are brought down and fallen:
But we are risen, and stand upright.
9 Save, Lord:
Let the king hear us when we call.
Israel is about to go to war.
If you can, I ask you to use your imagination and feel the tension just before the conflict. Israel was not like our nation is today. She was not technologically more advanced than her enemies. Israel typically did not vastly outnumber her foes. Apart from Israel’s God, they had no advantage. If the truth be known the little nation was usually disadvantaged. Israel was smaller, younger and less established than her enemies most of the time. Now, they are about to go into war and that combination of fear and adrenaline had to be intense. Is your imagination working? Can you put yourself in their shoes and think about how they must have felt before battle?
Now, imagine that you are responsible for all of the lives on that battlefield.
It is said, “weary is the head that wears the crown”. It was David’s head wearing that heavy crown and no doubt his stomach was filled with knots. Something happens that touches the heart of King David. It affects him so much that he is inspired to write this song.
In verses one through five it is obvious that someone is being carried before the Lord in prayer.
The prayer of these first verses is coming from a group.
Notice the word “we” in verse five. It is the nation David was about to lead into battle that was praying for him. They are not praying in doubt either, they are praying in faith. “We will rejoice” they say, “we will set up banners.”
Those confident prayers changed things. Prayers of faith usually do!
The prayer in verse six is coming from an individual
David began talking in verse 6 as the personal pronoun changes from plural to singular and he says,
“Now know I that the Lord saveth his anointed; He will hear him from his holy heaven with the saving strength of his right hand.” Psalm 20:6
Did you catch the obvious impact of the prayers? “Now” seems to imply a change in David. It is as though David said, “I was nervous and fearful before but NOW after hearing the confident prayers of faith I know my God will hear my prayers! I know we are going to be on the winning side!”
David isn’t alone, I too have had similar experiences. I have been weak in faith and defeated in spirit and then lifted by the prayers of some faithful children of God.
I have gone to preach at a church nervous and gained boldness from the prayers of men who placed their hands on me before I assumed the sacred desk.
I have preached revivals confident in God’s presence because I was certain that some elderly prayer warriors were gathering at the very time in which I spoke, calling down blessings.
I have gained composure in crisis because a group of people prayed.
We can strengthen each other’s faith with our prayers. Today you might need to lift me from a place of weakness, tomorrow I may need to lift you but imagine how strong we can be with such a wonderful arrangement of teamwork through prayer!