Psalm 20

This is a song that David wrote for the music leader.

We trust God to help us

20:1Perhaps they sang this Psalm when the soldiers left Jerusalem to fight a battle against their enemies. The king trusts that God will help him to win.

1 I pray that the Lord will answer you

when you are in trouble and you call to him for help.

I pray that Israel's great God will keep you safe.

2 He will send help to you from his holy place,

from his temple in Zion.

3 He will remember the gifts that you have offered to him.

He will accept your burnt offerings

Selah

4 I pray that God will give to you

all the things that you really want.

He will help you to do everything that you want to do.

5 Then we will be happy and we will shout aloud

when you win against your enemies.

We will wave our flags to praise our God.

Yes, I pray that the Lord will do for you

everything that you ask him to do.

6 Now I know that the Lord will save

the king that he has chosen.

God will help him from his holy temple in heaven.

God will use his great power to make his king safe.

7 Some people hope that their chariots will keep them safe.

Other people think that their horses will save them.

But we will trust in the name of the Lord our God.

20:7Some armies think that they will win because they have the best weapons, chariots or horses. But God's people trust that God himself will make them strong.

8 Those people will fall down

and they will not get up again.

But we will get up and stand again

and we will be strong.

9 Lord, cause the king to win against his enemies!

Please answer us when we ask you for help.