Daily email Number 368 – from the Vicar

We return to the Psalms for a little while, and resume where we left off previously with Psalm 20.
When I first started reading this Psalm through, having noted that the title said it was a Psalm of David, I assumed the first few verses were prayers of David for his people.  However, I then came to verse 5, ‘We will shout for joy when you are victorious…’, and realised that the Psalm was actually a prayer for David by his people, because he was their king, and they needed him to win his/their battles.(The Psalm could still have been written by David himself, so that his people knew what to pray for him!)
And David wasn’t just any king, or their king, but he was the one who had been anointed by the Lord (v.6), and so there is a spiritual dimension here, not just a national one (vs.6-9), which is perhaps most clearly expressed in v.7, ‘Some trust in chariots and some in horses, but we trust in the name of the Lord our God’.
And as I often say, and I hope that both you and I are understanding more and more, David is a picture/a shadow of THE anointed king, Jesus, the Son of David, who comes and wins the great battle over evil through His death on the cross, and His resurrection, and to Whom one day every knee shall bow.We rejoice that His prayers in distress (v.1) in the garden of Gethsemane were answered, that prayers of request (v.5) were answered in the feeding of the 5000 or in the raising of Lazarus, and trust that his prayers for all believers including us (John Ch.17 vs.20-26) will indeed be heard and answered.
As we pray for ourselves and others today, may we and they indeed trust in the name of the Lord our God (v.6).

And so from our church address list, let us pray today for, – Nova- Shirley and family

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