Monday, April 25, 2016

Trusting God To Answer Our Prayers

Psalm 20:1-9

To the chief Musician, A Psalm of David.

“The LORD hear thee in the day of trouble; the name of the God of Jacob defend thee; Send thee help from the sanctuary, and strengthen thee out of Zion; Remember all thy offerings, and accept thy burnt sacrifice; Selah.  Grant thee according to thine own heart, and fulfil all thy counsel.” (Psalm 20:1-4)

This is a song of praise and encouragement.   It reminds us that God will hear and answer our prayers, John 14:13-13 tells us, “And whatsoever ye shall ask in my name, that will I do, that the Father may be glorified in the Son.  If ye shall ask any thing in my name, I will do it.”   He will protect and strengthen his people, and will remember our efforts to please him, rewarding  us accordingly.  In II Timothy 2:12 Paul said, “For the which cause I also suffer these things: nevertheless I am not ashamed: for I know whom I have believed, and am persuaded that he is able to keep that which I have committed unto him against that day.”  He has a record of everything we have done, and he will not lose it. 

“We will rejoice in thy salvation, and in the name of our God we will set up our banners: the LORD fulfil all thy petitions.” (Psalm 20:5)

Spiritual people are glad that a person is a Christian.  I Thessalonians 1:2-4 tells us, “We give thanks to God always for you all, making mention of you in our prayers; Remembering without ceasing your work of faith, and labour of love, and patience of hope in our Lord Jesus Christ, in the sight of God and our Father; Knowing, brethren beloved, your election of God.”  They praise God for his salvation, and pray for God to bless him.

“Now know I that the LORD saveth his anointed; he will hear him from his holy heaven with the saving strength of his right hand.” (Psalm 20:6)

I John 5:14-15 tells us.  “And this is the confidence that we have in him, that, if we ask any thing according to his will, he heareth us: And if we know that he hear us, whatsoever we ask, we know that we have the petitions that we desired of him.”   We know that if we are praying in accordance with what God desires, he will hear us, because the Holy Spirit conveys the message according to Romans 8:26-27. “Likewise the Spirit also helpeth our infirmities: for we know not what we should pray for as we ought: but the Spirit itself maketh intercession for us with groanings which cannot be uttered.  And he that searcheth the hearts knoweth what is the mind of the Spirit, because he maketh intercession for the saints according to the will of God.”  If our attitude is right is no question about God’s willingness to answer our prayers.   

“Some trust in chariots, and some in horses: but we will remember the name of the LORD our God.  They are brought down and fallen: but we are risen, and stand upright.” (Psalm 20:7-8)

Other people may trust in their government or military might and weapons, and their defeat is certain.  We put our trust in god, and victory is assured.

“Save, LORD: let the king hear us when we call.” (Psalm 20:9)

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