I was spending time in the Word and digging into Psalm 20. It "happened" to be the current chapter in a devotional I am working through. I have recently been in a struggle over something "good" and feeling frustrated, angry and disappointed. As I have cried out to God He answered through these verses:
May the LORD answer you in the day of trouble!
May the name of the God of Jacob set you securely on high!
May He send you help from the sanctuary
And support you from Zion!
May He remember all your meal offerings
And find your burnt offering acceptable!
May He grant you your heart's desire
And fulfill all your counsel!
We will sing for joy over your victory,
And in the name of our God we will 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 strength of His right hand.
Some boast in chariots and some in horses,
But we will boast in the name of the LORD, our God.
8They have bowed down and fallen,
But we have risen and stood upright.
Save, O LORD;
May the King answer us in the day we call.
God desires to hear our cries and He desires to answer them from His throne on high. The courts are in session and you are invited to kneel before His throne and give over to Him all your plans and desires. He will lean down, take your hand in His and lead you in the path He has set out before you. Instead of feeling defeated, know that in His name we have victory!
As an application I challenge you to rewrite this Psalm in your own words as a prayer to the Lord. This was how I rewrote it...
Psalm 20 rewritten by Annie:
Lord, answer me in this day of trouble!
May your name, God Most High, secure me.
Lord, send help from heaven and support from Zion.
I pray my offering is acceptable to you but I know
nothing compares to the sacrifice you gave for me.
Make your desires mine and fulfill them in your time.
I will wait joyfully for victory,
in your name I will put all confidence.
Hear my prayers and answer please!
I know you have saved me, you will answer me from on high
and your right hand will strengthen me.
I reject man's understanding and strength-
I boast in you and your name alone.
Others bow to man's agenda and fail-
I will rise up and find success in you!
Lord, save and hear me today!
Walking in Victory!