Psalm 20 – When You Are in Trouble

This is a psalm that reminds the king and the people from where their victory comes.  It comes from the Lord.   The Israelites found themselves in many battles through the years.  They also learned very quickly that their opponents usually had superior numbers and weapons.  But, just like the Israelites, we must not focus on the size or strength of who or what is opposing us but rather, we must focus on and trust in the Lord.  Israel had this revealed to them early on when God delivered them from slavery in Egypt.  God demonstrated He is greater than any earthly power and is capable of rescuing His people from the most difficult of circumstances if they would just rely upon Him.

I believe verse 7 is the key to this psalm of David.  “Some trust in chariots and others in horses, but we will depend on the Lord our God.”  David and his predecessors were many times at a military disadvantage.  We don’t have to look further than his own encounter with a giant named Goliath.  Israel may have had spears and swords but their enemies had more advanced weaponry like chariots.  However, God taught His people that these more advanced weapons were rendered highly ineffective just by using strategic terrain such as the hill country, mountain passes, narrow valleys or river crossings.  There, the advantage of their opponents was negated.

Trust in human technology or anything of this earth is inconsistent with faith in God.  Remember the words of Paul in Romans 8:31, “If God is for us, who can be against us?”  Do not trust in the things of earth for victory in your life.  Turn to the Lord and the supernatural resources that He provides.  “For though we lives as human beings, we do not wage war according to human standards, for the weapons of our warfare are not human weapons, but are made powerful by God for tearing down strongholds.”  (2 Corinthians 10:3-4)

Remember, many times those who oppose us will have more numbers, more money, more resources, more influence but we have the Lord and Hie will answer us when we call to Him for help.  (Psalm 20:9)

For His glory,

Pastor Jeff