“May the Lord answer you in the day of trouble!
May the name of the God of Jacob protect you!
May he send you help from the sanctuary
and give you support from Zion!
May he remember all your offerings
and regard with favor your burnt sacrifices!
May he grant you your heart’s desire
and fulfill all your plans!
May we shout for joy over your salvation,
and in the name of our God set up our banners!
May the Lord fulfill all your petitions!
Now I know that the Lord saves his anointed;
he will answer him from his holy heaven
with the saving might of his right hand.
Some trust in chariots and some in horses,
but we trust in the name of the Lord our God.
They collapse and fall,
but we rise and stand upright.
O Lord, save the king!
May he answer us when we call.” Psalm 20
May the Lord answer. May His name protect. May He send help. May He give support. May He remember all your offerings and regard them with favor. May He grant your heart’s desire and fulfill your plans. May He? Of course He may! He owns gracious permission to do what He exists to do. Can He? Indeed He can! He is able to do exceedingly beyond what we ask or imagine, to make all grace and favor abound to His people. Does He? Let’s shout a resounding Yes! We know He saves. He does and will answer from heaven. His name is undeniably, absolutely trustworthy. He does all this and we can shout for joy over His salvation and extol His name! (2 Corinthians 9:8; Ephesians 3:20)
So if these things are true, and this plea is a pledge of blessing pronounced in God-backed promise, why do we not live as though we believe it? Why do we moan ‘woe is me’ and claim God absent, or silent? Why do we fret over the known and fear the unknown and wrangle to ascertain help from earthly resources? Why do we languish in charity and sacrifice, or wrestle for control over today and the future? Lack of faith leads to doubt-filled decisions lead to instability in spirit and daily routine.
Will we sing these blessed truths over ourselves in prayer, and rise in hope and zealous faith? How measures our holy expectation regarding His name’s power to save and protect? What evidence are we giving- in demeanor, discussions, decisions, and practical action- that the Lord has answered our cries and is fulfilling our plans?
And over whom can we pronounce this blessing, and pray for its wash of favor? Do we take enough time to learn of others’ needs, and understand their weaknesses, doubts, and fears? How attentive are we to speak or write these benedictions and so to match truth’s balm to each particular condition with benevolence and care? The gracious God who is kind to meet us enables us to minister His solid graces to others.
Lord, keep me steeped in Your truths and singing of Your innumerable blessings, that I might impart hope and the salve of truth to a needy world.