Psalm 20: Prayer for Victory

What is the benefit of wishing others well?

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Psalm 20:1–4 To the minister of music, a song of David.
May the Lord answer your prayers when you are in trouble, the God of Jacob keeping you safe. May he send help and strengthen you from his holy hill. May he accept your gifts and be pleased with our sacrifices. Pause to think about that.
May your heart’s desire line up with what God wants so your plans will be fulfilled.
King James
Psalm 20:1–4 <To the chief Musician, A Psalm of David.> The Lord hear thee in the day of trouble; the name of the God of Jacob defend thee; Send thee help from the sanctuary, and strengthen thee out of Zion; Remember all thy offerings, and accept thy burnt sacrifice; Selah. Grant thee according to thine own heart, and fulfil all thy counsel.

Why would God want to see our plans fulfilled?

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Psalm 20:4 May your heart’s desire line up with what God wants so your plans will be fulfilled.
King James
Psalm 20:4 Grant thee according to thine own heart, and fulfil all thy counsel.

What can hinder our prayers being answered?

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Psalm 20:5 We will rejoice in your deliverance and will celebrate what has been done under God’s direction and authority. May the Lord answer all your prayers.
King James
Psalm 20:5 We will rejoice in thy salvation, and in the name of our God we will set up our banners: the Lord fulfil all thy petitions.

How confident in the Lord’s victory can we be? Why?

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Psalm 20:6 Without a doubt, the Lord brings victory to his anointed. He listens from his holy place above and works miracles by his mighty hand.
King James
Psalm 20:6 Now know I that the Lord saveth his anointed; he will hear him from his holy heaven with the saving strength of his right hand.

What might people trust other than God? What would help them trust God more?

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Psalm 20:7 Some people think their horses and chariots will save them, but our confidence comes from knowing God is with us.
King James
Psalm 20:7 Some trust in chariots, and some in horses: but we will remember the name of the Lord our God.

What does “stand firm in God’s ways” mean? How does that guarantee success?

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Psalm 20:8–9 The plans of others will end in bankruptcy, but we who stand firm in God’s ways cannot fail.
Hear our prayer, Lord. Give victory to the king.
King James
Psalm 20:8–9 They are brought down and fallen: but we are risen, and stand upright. Save, Lord: let the king hear us when we call.