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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Genesis 26:26-31 Meanwhile, Abimelek had come to him from Gerar, with Ahuzzath his personal adviser and Phicol the commander of his forces. 27 Isaac asked them, “Why have you come to me, since you were hostile to me and sent me away?”
28 They answered, “We saw clearly that the LORD was with you; so we said, ‘There ought to be a sworn agreement between us’—between us and you. Let us make a treaty with you 29 that you will do us no harm, just as we did not harm you but always treated you well and sent you away peacefully. And now you are blessed by the LORD.”
30 Isaac then made a feast for them, and they ate and drank. 31 Early the next morning the men swore an oath to each other. Then Isaac sent them on their way, and they went away peacefully.
Genesis 22:13, 14 Abraham looked up and there in a thicket he saw a ram caught by its horns. He went over and took the ram and sacrificed it as a burnt offering instead of his son. 14 So Abraham called that place The LORD Will Provide. And to this day it is said, “On the mountain of the LORD it will be provided.
Genesis 21:1-3 Now the LORD was gracious to Sarah as he had said, and the LORD did for Sarah what he had promised. 2 Sarah became pregnant and bore a son to Abraham in his old age, at the very time God had promised him. 3 Abraham gave the name Isaac to the son Sarah bore him.
Genesis 17:1 When Abram was ninety-nine years old, the LORD appeared to him and said, “I am God Almighty; walk before me faithfully and be blameless.
Genesis 6:9 This is the account of Noah and his family.
Noah was a righteous man, blameless among the people of his time, and he walked faithfully with God.