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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2 Chronicles 35:25 Jeremiah composed laments for Josiah, and to this day all the male and female singers commemorate Josiah in the laments. These became a tradition in Israel and are written in the Laments. (NIV)
2 Chronicles 33:15, 16 He got rid of the foreign gods and removed the image from the temple of the Lord, as well as all the altars he had built on the temple hill and in Jerusalem; and he threw them out of the city. Then he restored the altar of the Lord and sacrificed fellowship offerings and thank offerings on it, and told Judah to serve the Lord, the God of Israel.
Matthew 3:8 “Produce fruit in keeping with repentance.”
2 Kings 20:2, 3 Hezekiah turned his face to the wall and prayed to the Lord, “Remember, Lord, how I have walked before you faithfully and with wholehearted devotion and have done what is good in your eyes.” And Hezekiah wept bitterly.
Isaiah 65:24 “Before they call I will answer; while they are still speaking I will hear.”