“No Greater Love,” Smokie Norful
Psalm 20 – A Royal Psalm, is a Psalm of Trust ascribed to David. The tone of the Psalm is one of Blessing, such as a king might bestow on his people, perhaps on the eve of battle.
“The Lord Hear Thee In The Day Of Trouble,” Psalm 20:1) The Lord Hear Thee In The Day Of Trouble; The Name Of The God of Jacob Defend Thee; Isaiah 50:10. 2) Send Thee Help From The Sanctuary, And Strengthen Thee Out Of Zion; 3) Remember All Thy Offerings, And Accept Thy Burnt Sacrifice; Selah. 4) Grant Thee According To Thine Own Heart, And Fulfil All Thy Counsel. 1 John 5:14, 15. 5) 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. 6) 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. 7) Some Trust In Chariots, And Some In Horses But We Will Remember The Name Of The Lord Our God. Judges 7:7. 8) They Are Brought Down And Fallen; But We Are Risen, And Stand Upright. 9) Save, Lord; Let The King Hear Us When We Call. Amen.
Nelson’s Compact Bible Commentary – v1-5, The day of trouble likely refers to the day of battle. But it has wide application for any troubled day in the life of the Believer. Sanctuary: Help From God was perceived to come The Temple in Jerusalem. Ultimately It Comes From God’s Dwelling In Heaven, Of Which The Earthly Sanctuary Was A Symbol. In the immediate context, Salvation is used to describe daily deliverance from the rigors of the battle and the victory over the enemy. But The Lord’s Deliverance Of Us From Our Spiritual Troubles Should Prompt The Same Type Of Praise. v6, King David was the Anointed Of The Lord (18:50). His Right Hand: This Is A Slogan That Describes God’s Powerful Deliverance Of The Israelites From Egypt (17:7; 44:3; 118:16; see also Exodus 15:6). v7-9, Chariots were the leading weapon on the ancient battlefield. The instruments of warfare are mere tools In God’s Hand. The Wise Trust In God Because The Battle Belongs To Him. May The King Answer: Above King David Was God The Great King; Moreover, One Day King Jesus Would Rule From Sea To Sea.
Quest Study Bible – v1, “How Does God’s Name Offer Protection?” God’s Name Is Not A Magical Charm, But It Represents His Authority And All That He Is. His Name Is Synonymous With His Power And Protects Us, much as the name of the president or the governor can authorize privileges for citizens. v2, “Sanctuary,” Means Holy Place, suggesting (1) the Tent in Jerusalem that Housed The Ark, The Symbol Of God’s Presence, or, (2) Zion, The Holy Mountain Where The Temple Was Later Built. v4, “Does Knowing God Guarantee Success?” See articles: “Does Seeking God Guarantee Success?” (2 Chronicles 26:5) and “Is Success Guaranteed To Those Who Obey God?” (Deuteronomy 28:2-6). v6, “His Anointed,” The king Of Israel. See Anointed One (2:2). v6, “Why Refer To God’s Right Hand?” This was a figurative way to Speak Of God’s Great Strength (see Exodus 15:6). Also see “The Years Of The Most High” (77:10). v7, “What Does It Mean To Trust God’s Name?” Trusting God’s Name Means Placing One’s Confidence In Who He Is. See “How Does God’s Name Offer Protection?” (20:1). v9, “Were they praying for the king’s Salvation?” See John Gill.
John Gill’s Exposition Of The Bible – Save, Lord Not “the king”, as the Septuagint, Ethiopic, and Arabic versions read the words, joining the word “king” to them, which is in the next clause; but this, as Aben Ezra observes, is not right, because of the accent “athnach”, which divides these words from the following; rather the word us may be supplied; and so the Syriac version renders it, “The Lord Will Deliver Us”; and the Targum is, “O Lord”, (Nl qrp) , “Redeem Us”, or “Save Us”; that is, With A Temporal, Spiritual, And Eternal Salvation: this petition is directed to Jehovah The Father, as the following is to The King Messiah; Let The King Hear Us When We Call; for not God the Father is here meant, Though He Is An Everlasting King, The King of kings; and Who Hears His People, When They Call Upon Him, and while they are calling; yet He Is Rarely, if ever, called “The King”, without any other additional epithet; whereas The Messiah Often Is, as in the next Psalm, ( Psalms 20:1 Psalms 20:7 ) ( 45:1 ) ; and Prayer Is Made To Him, and He Hears And Receives The Prayers Of His People; and, As Mediator, Presents Them To His Father Perfumed With His Much Incense; For He Is A Priest As Well As A King.
Matthew Henry’s Concise Bible Commentary – This Psalm Is A Prayer For the kings of Israel, But With Relation To Christ. —Even the greatest of men may be much in trouble. Neither the crown on the king’s head, nor the Grace in his heart, would make him free from trouble. Even the greatest of men must be much in Prayer. Let none expect benefits by the Prayers of The Church, or their friends, who are capable of Praying for themselves, yet neglect It. Pray That God Would Protect his Person, and Preserve his life. That God Would Enable him to go on in his undertakings for the public good. We May Know That God Accepts Our Spiritual Sacrifices, If By His Spirit He Kindles In Our Souls A Holy Fire Of Piety (Reverence) And Love To God. Also, That The Lord Would Crown his (Man’s) enterprises with success. Our First Step To Victory In Spiritual Warfare Is To Trust Only In The Mercy And Grace Of God; All Who Trust In Themselves Will Soon Be Cast Down. Believers Triumph In God, And His Revelation Of Himself To Them, By Which They Distinguish Themselves From Those That Live Without God In The World. Those That Make God And His Name Their Praise, May Make God And His Name Their Trust. This was the case when the pride and power of Jewish Unbelief, and pagan idolatry, Fell Before The Sermons And Lives Of The Humble Believers In Jesus. This is the case in every conflict with our spiritual enemies, when we engage them in The Name, The Spirit, And The Power Of Christ; And This Will Be The Case At The Last Day, When The World, With The Prince Of It, Shall Be Brought Down And Fall; But Believers Risen From The Dead, Through The Resurrection Of The Lord, Shall Stand, And Sing His Praises In Heaven. IN CHRIST’S SALVATION LET US REJOICE! AND SET UP OUR BANNERS IN THE NAME OF THE LORD OUR GOD, Assured That By The Saving Strength Of His Right Hand We Shall Be Conquerors Over Every Enemy. Amen.