Daily D – Psalm 20:4-5
May he give you what your heart desires and fulfill your whole purpose. Let us shout for joy at your victory and lift the banner in the name of our God. May the LORD fulfill all your requests.
PSALM 20:4-5 (CSB)
Psalm 50:15 says, “Call on me in a day of trouble; I will rescue you, and you will honor me.” Psalm 20 begins with, “May the LORD answer you in a day of trouble; may the name of Jacob’s God protect you.”
Yesterday we pondered how to pray when we have problems. I asked you to pray for my friend who was having a problem. He called late yesterday afternoon after a significant medical procedure to report that he feels better than he has in years. Our Father in heaven heard and answered your prayers. Thank you for praying.
This prayer of David takes prayer to a different level. Not only are we to seek God’s deliverance in times of trouble, but we also are to seek God’s blessing for fruitful and effective living on the other side of our problems. David encourages us with words of blessing.
May he fulfill your whole purpose.
May he fulfill all your requests.
Those who seek to honor God and bless others receive encouragement for living the good life. When we desire what God desires, he gives us the desires of our hearts. When we seek to live his mission for our lives, he empowers us to fulfill that purpose. When we seek his will and his ways, he hears and answers our prayers with a resounding yes.
The blessing, as always, is not merely for us. David’s words are preserved for us to use in blessing others. Who can you bless today with these words of encouragement? Who can you stimulate toward love and good deeds with these words of truth and life?
Rescued people live to join God in rescuing others. Blessed people live to bless the timid, the fearful, the hesitant.
Here is what I want for you: “May he give you what your heart desires and fulfill your whole purpose. Let us shout for joy at your victory and lift the banner in the name of our God. May the LORD fulfill all your requests.”
Here is what I want you to bless someone today: “May he give you what your heart desires and fulfill your whole purpose. Let us shout for joy at your victory and lift the banner in the name of our God. May the LORD fulfill all your requests.”
“May he answer us on the day that we call,” (verse 9).
I will bless others as I have been blessed.
Our Father, thank you for hearing and answering our prayers. You rescue us and you bless us. Make us a blessing to others. Fill our minds and our mouths with words of encouragement and hope. Make us sunshine on someone’s rainy day. Make us a peaceful presence to a troubled heart. Amen.
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Psalm 139:17, 18 How precious are your thoughts about me, O God. They cannot be numbered! I can’t even count them; they outnumber the grains of sand! And when I wake up, you are still with me!
2 Corinthians 5:1-5 For we know that when this earthly tent we live in is taken down (that is, when we die and leave this earthly body), we will have a house in heaven, an eternal body made for us by God himself and not by human hands. We grow weary in our present bodies, and we long to put on our heavenly bodies like new clothing. For we will put on heavenly bodies; we will not be spirits without bodies. While we live in these earthly bodies, we groan and sigh, but it’s not that we want to die and get rid of these bodies that clothe us. Rather, we want to put on our new bodies so that these dying bodies will be swallowed up by life. God himself has prepared us for this, and as a guarantee he has given us his Holy Spirit.
1 Corinthians 10:13 The temptations in your life are no different from what others experience. And God is faithful. He will not allow the temptation to be more than you can stand. When you are tempted, he will show you a way out so that you can endure.