PSALM 20:1-5

  1. The Lord answer you in the day of trouble! The name of the God of Jacob defend thee.
  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.
  5. We will rejoice in thy salvation, and in the name of our God we will set up our banners: the Lord will fulfil all thy petitions. KJV


Sanctuary – c) a sanctum

Sanctum – d) a sacred or private place; a study or private room where one is not to be disturbed.

Zion – c) a term for Jerusalem – the city of David, permanent capital, mountain of Jerusalem, a monument or guiding pillar – a desert, solitary place, wilderness.

Counsel – c) advice; plan

Salvation – c) deliverance, healer, save, victory, safety, rescue, make whole, preserved, liberty, prosperity, welfare, protection.

Banners – c) to flaunt, to raise a flag.

Petitions – c) a request, desire.

Psalm 20 is a prayer to God in the day of trouble by David. He knows that he will be heard by the Lord. The Lord always hears him. But He is making a distinction about the day of trouble. He will take His servant and place him on a high place where no one can touch Him.

He will supply all that he needs (strength, and support). He is remembering all of David’s offerings and is blessed. Psalm 37:4 Delight thyself also in the Lord; and He shall give thee the desires of thine heart. What more could David ask?

This is the will of God for all of His servants. So many think of Christianity as only suffering. Yes we must share in His suffering to share in His Glory! Our suffering does not compare to the good things that He sends. He loves to bless His children. The Glory far outweighs the suffering.

I have suffered more than most and can truly say that I would not change a thing in my life. The Lord knows me better than I do. There have been times when I did not understand why things were so hard. But now I can look back and see the changes in me that could only come from the trials that He sent.

There is no greater blessing than being with the Lord. If we are strong through the Holy Spirit’s power we will eventually reap a blessed afterward. It is truly above all we can ask or think. So let us trust in Name of the Lord our God. (vs.7)

What have I learned? He sent the Israelites to the wilderness to go through many trials so He could manifest His power and protection to them. He wanted their trust. We too must have a wilderness experience in our life. He wants us to have a sanctum where we will let nothing interrupt our time with Him. He wants us to prove to Him that we mean what we say. We must put Him above all.

Then He sends His salvation making us whole, delivering us in areas that we had no clue we needed deliverance. It is a solitary lonely place that He turns into a guiding pillar for others. And this pillar is blessed above all.

Revelation 3:12 He who overcomes (is victorious), I will make him a pillar in the sanctuary of My God; he shall never be put out of it or go out of it…

The New Jerusalem will never close and many will come and go. But there will be those pillars who are blessed above all because they will be so close to Jesus Forever! It is within our grasp. That is the greatest reward of all!


There is no help like that which God sends, and no deliverance like that which comes out of His sanctuary. The sanctuary to us is our blessed Lord, who was typified by the temple and is the true sanctuary which God has built, and not man. Let us fly to the Cross for shelter in all times of need, and help will be sent to us.

Songs — Times of Refreshing — Marty Nystrom


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