Day 18 Psalm 20:1-9 Triumph in faith
（Memorization Scripture: vv. 5,7-9）
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.
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 Save, Lord!
May the King answer us when we call.
[Sharing] This psalm is a prayer of the people and the king before the war. In verses 1-5, people ask blessings for the king (May the Lord… answer you, protect you, help you, support you, remember you, accept you, give you, make all your plans succeed]. They pray that God Himself will bring salvation. The enemies trust in chariots and horses which are fearful to the Israelites, but David is full of assurance that God is going to save his anointed ones; the people of God trust in the name of the Lord, they lift up the banners in the name of God (Jehovah Nissi), they will rise up and stand firm.
Do the problems we are facing and the surrounding sinister environment often make us fearful and timid? Though we may see an army besieging us, we ask in the name of God that He will open our spiritual eyes and let us see the hills full of His horses and chariots of fire (2 Kings 6:15-17), so that we may proclaim and testify in faith: They are brought to their knees and fall, but we rise up and stand firm. (verse 8).
Day 18 詩篇20:1-9 因著信心誇勝
【心得分享】 這是一首戰前百姓與王共同的祈禱詩，1-5節百姓爲王求祝福：「願耶和華... ...應允你，高舉你，救助你，堅固你，記念你，悅納你，賜給你，成就你」祈求 神親自施行拯救。車與馬是敵人所依靠，以色列人所畏懼的；但大衛充滿了把握，知道 神要救護他的受膏者； 神的百姓要依靠耶和華的名，靠此豎立旌旗（耶和華尼西），必然得勝，站立到底。（v. 6-8） 眼前的困難，險惡的環境，是否也常常叫我們畏懼、膽怯？雖然眼見的是車馬軍兵圍困了我們，讓我們用信心求告耶和華的名，祂要開我們屬靈的眼睛，讓我們看見滿山有 神的火車火馬圍繞保護我們（王下6:15-17）。 以至於可以在信心的裡面宣告和見證：「他們都屈身仆倒， 我們卻起來，立得正直（8節）」。