Psalm 20

Psalm 20     italics added
1In times of trouble, may the Lord answer your cry. Thank you for troubles that need God in my life.

May the name of the God of Jacob keep you safe from all harm. I have no right for this.

2May he send you help from his sanctuary

and strengthen you from Jerusalem. (or Zion) God gives help from above, fresh from His city.

3May he remember all your gifts

and look favorably on your burnt offerings. Accept our offering of obedience to the Word.

Interlude

4May he grant your heart’s desires

and make all your plans succeed. Your direction and blessings are success.

5May we shout for joy when we hear of your victory

and raise a victory banner in the name of our God. You are our banner Lord.

May the Lord answer all your prayers. Help me accept your answer Lord. Worthy of our trust and life.

6Now I know that the Lord rescues his anointed king. You prove in your manifestations Lord.

He will answer him from his holy heaven

and rescue him by his great power. We quake at the demonstration of your Power. May I never be ashamed of  awe of your intervention in life here.

7Some nations boast of their chariots and horses,

but we boast in the name of the Lord our God.  All goodness raise praises to you Lord.

8Those nations will fall down and collapse,

but we will rise up and stand firm. Your will is possible, even when we see no earthly hope.

9Give victory to our king, O Lord!  Lord you are more than victory and you invite us to join you for ever.

Answer our cry for help Lord.  You freely give your help to us Lord.  Please help in our unbelief in our dark hours. When hopeless fear overpowers us. When we need you most Lord teach us to call on you on your high throne as you direct us through our weak faith. Carry our souls and bodies to your help. In Jesus’s name we pray. Amen.

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