Psalm 20

This is a Psalm of confidence. It opens with five pairs of petitions and a final petition that the Lord would fulfill “all your petitions.” It then moves to the confidence upon which all the petitions are made. The Lord will save His anointed. This is according to His promise. He will answer and save with power.

Verse 7 is the heart of the confidence. But it is not just that some trust in worldly power but the psalmist trusts in God. No, the psalmist trusts in the “name of the Lord our God.” That is to say, the Lord has staked His name on the promise that He has made to preserve and protect the line of David. The psalmist is confident in the promise of God.

Now, I remember that the Lord has promised to save all those who call upon His name. More than that, He has adopted us as children in His household, His kingdom, so that we cry out, “Abba, Father!” He will hear and answer.

Now I look back on the psalm and see the powerful ways that He responds to those to whom He has made promises. He will answer in the day of trouble. He will protect. He will help from His sanctuary. God isn’t hiding from us. No, He is sending His help for us.

I will trust in the sovereign design of my Father in heaven. Many times this life has been and will be filled with trial and suffering, but I will trust that He knows exactly what He is doing in saving His children. After all, His very name is attached to us.

What a confidence! What a joy!

Proverbs 10:1–3

We are now entered into the pithy little proverbs that make this book so powerfully important. We will work slowly through them and consider each word.

I won’t always make lengthy comment, but I do encourage you to share your reflections and applications in the comments below. Perhaps chose just one of the three verses we read most days and reflect on it throughout the day.

Verse 1 exhibits the parallelism that is prevalent in many proverbs. I do wonder though if there is anything to the fact that the father is glad, but the mother is sorrowful. It is true that a father is often particularly glad over a wise son, but a mother often is particularly broken over the destructive downfall of a foolish son.

Is this proverb intended for parents or for a child? It seems to be there to help a child reflect and consider how the choices he makes will effect the joy or sorrow of his parents.