A Nation That Was About to Go to War

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This psalm is about a nation that was about to go to war. War is a terrible thing but there are times when it is the only possible answer to circumstances and there is no other solution. Throughout history God has frequently used war to bring rebellious nations to their knees. There comes a time as a nation when we may have to say: “That is enough. One step more and we will fight!”

In this psalm we see a nation, faced with the possibility of war, who was preparing their heart for what lies ahead. The first five verses (vv. 1-5) expresses what the people want from their leader and the last four verses tell what the leader wants from the Lord (vv. 6-9). The people want a leader who is prayerfully in touch with God. They seemed to be saying: “You may be skillful, you may be successful but are you spiritual? They wanted a king who had the power of God on his life. In turn the king is impressed by this challenge and sense of responsibility and goes to God in prayer.

Throughout history empires and kingdoms have risen to great power, only to vanish. However, David knew that the true strength of his nation was not in weaponry but in worship, not in fire power, but in God’s power. In the early days of our country our leaders expressed their trust in God but now as a nation we trust in our armaments. We have leaders who attend church and pay token allegiance to God but we never hear them ask God to send spiritual revival.


As an individual I am in a spiritual warfare. Our enemies are unseen evil forces. If I want deliverance, I too, must have total dependence on God.

Psalms 20:1-9 (English Standard Version)

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.

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