SOAP – 22 April 2019 (Psalm 20)

Some [boast] in chariots and some in horses,
But we will boast in the name of the LORD, our God.

Psalm 20:7

I have been reading this psalm over for almost a week. The meaning is straightforward enough: this psalm is a prayer for God’s intervention on one’s behalf. The application, however, has been difficult for me. And the why finally clarified this morning.

In verses 4-5, David writes:

4 May He grant you your heart’s desire
And fulfill all your counsel!
We will sing for joy over your victory,
And in the name of our God we will set up our banners.
May the LORD fulfill all your petitions.


It is the presence of the word all in those verses that gives me pause. Do I really want God to fulfill all [my] counsel and all [my] petitions? I often learn at a later time that some of my counsel and petitions were terrible ideas when weighed against what God had planned. Had God gone with my plans or given me what I asked, then things would not have turned out as well.

It is a sobering thought.

And it is this sobering thought that brings me to applying this psalm from a different angle. I do, as David writes, want God to answer in the day of trouble and send help when I call Him and want Him to give victory over the struggles in life that my fellow believers might hear of that victory and rejoice with me. All of this is desirable. Add to this the desire that, as stated in a previous psalm, the words of my mouth and the meditations of my heart would be acceptable in God’s sight. To use the words of my Lord, I need to seek first God’s kingdom and righteousness. If I am ruled by Him and seeking His agenda, then my counsel and my petitions are much more likely to be in line with His.

Father, please change my heart so that it seeks after Your kingdom and Your righteousness before anything else. If that is what my heart seeks, then my counsel and petitions will fall in line.