Advent 12/20/22 Sacred Knowing

Prayer for Victory Tuesday, December 20
Psalm 20:1-7 (NRSV)
The Lord answer you in the day of trouble! The name of the God of Jacob protect you!
May he send you help from the sanctuary and give you support from Zion.
May he remember all your offerings
and regard with favor your burnt sacrifices.
May he grant you your heart’s desire and fulfill all your plans.
May we shout for joy over your victory
and in the name of our God set up our banners.
May the Lord fulfill all your petitions.
Now I know that the Lord will help his anointed; he will answer him from his holy heaven with mighty victories by his right hand.
Some take pride in chariots and some in horses, but our pride is in the name of the Lord our God.

In this psalm, the psalmist is asking God for help. They are asking God to be with them as they are going through a difficult time. This can be interpreted as being an internal battle but it could very well be a physical battle. The speaker is asking God to take control of their life and not let go. In the NRSV version, the word ¨may¨ is used many times, especially at the beginning of the sentences. This shows the repetition of the hopes of what God is currently doing to help us. This prayer is a list of actions God has promised us He would fulfill, and the speaker is praying that He is staying true to his word.

This story is titled ¨Prayer for Victory¨ and that is exactly what the message portrays. This entire passage consists of God being the helper in a time of failure. God is reminding us that no matter what we go through or what happens to us, his promises remain true.

-Paige Kuehne

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