“The Lord answer you in the day of trouble! The name of the God of Jacob protect you!” Psalm 20:1 (NRSV)
The book of Psalm is very powerful! It contains lots of inspiring notes any one can use in whatever moments.
I love Psalm 20 so much because the first part of it carries higher weight that you and I require for our day-to-day life-affairs. I am going to break the verses from 1 to 5, and briefly highlight on them.
The first one says, ‘the Lord answer you in the day of trouble’ and ends with an exclamation mark. This is complete assurance. You need not worry anymore if you are in Christ Jesus, for the Lord will never abandon His people. The Lord will help you, He will shine His countenance on you, bring you assistance from every corner of the earth.
The Second part says, ‘The name of the God of Jacob protect you’, ending also with exclamation mark. Anywhere you are, God will guide you; cover you jealously under His protection. If you have any doubt about this, please read — Psalm 23:1, & Psalm 91, these two chapters are life-comforting, and will remove any doubt you may have about God’s protection over you. I strongly believe in my heart, about the protection of God over my life.
I have been rescued so many times, from many dangers, and if I start counting them now, I don’t think this page will contain them all.
In the same Psalm 20, verse 2 – 3, the Psalmist states, “May he send you help from the sanctuary, and give you support from Zion. May he remember all of your offerings, and regard with favour your burnt sacrifices.”
If you are a giver, giving strongly & genuinely to the work of the gospel, definitely, God will protect you because you are so precious and valuable to the Kingdom. I am not talking mainly about money-giving but I mean giving any form of your resources, and energy for the sake of Gospel; that means reaching out to other, to the needy, to the poor, to the sick, the orphans and the destitute.
Do not think God does not see your giving, your offerings, your generosity, and good deeds, He sees them all, and He will never forget them, to pay you back when you are in need, personally.
I keep reminding you that gospel is not just about carrying bible and running round the street, to preach to people. Gospel is the message of peace, and for you to get to the heart of people; you must help them, make them happy in every way. You don’t expect somehow who hasn’t eaten for three days to willing sit and listen to you preaching. Likewise, you won’t see anyhow in pain, pushing aside his agony to listen to you.
Psalm 20:4-5 says, “May he grant you your heart’s desire, and fulfil all of your plans. May we shout for joy over your victory, and in the name of God set up our banners. May the Lord fulfil all your petitions.”
Do not give up in your demands, for God will answer you soon. He is not sleeping, or without memory. He does not and never forget you. He will give you your request shortly. Your heart desire is what you yearn for, with your entire being, and God understands, He knows about you and your desire, and He will grant them all to you.
You will not pray in vain. You will not fast for days in waste — for the name of God is —I AM THAT I AM — and when God says He will, surely He will.
You need to hold on to your faith, do not be shaken even in the face of difficulty, do not panic, do not be weary and do not denounce God. He won’t allow any shame, any disgrace, or mockery to come to you. He will guide you, protect any of your welfare, fights your battles for you, defeat your adversaries, and He will raise you higher than your imagination or expectation.
Wait upon His, for in due season, I mean within few months, good news will come to you and your heart desire will be yours, in Jesus mighty name, amen.
Remember, do not forget to appreciate God when you are celebration your victory. This is very, very, very important.
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