The prayer before the battle (Ps 20:1-20:3)

“To the choirmaster leader, a psalm of David.

May Yahweh 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!

May he give you support from Zion!

May he remember all your offerings!

May he regard with favor your burnt offerings!


This Psalm 20 is attributed to David before he began his military campaign. Once again there is mention of a choir leader. Yahweh was to answer David in his days of trouble. The name of the God of Jacob, Yahweh, would protect David. David wanted help from the sanctuary, from Mt Zion, where the holy Temple was. He wanted Yahweh to remember all his burnt offerings and look with favor on them. This clearly is a psalm of the Temple before a battle. There is a moment of Selah, pause or silence, so that Yahweh could remember his sacrifices.

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