Today’s Reading: Psalm 20
Now I know that the Lord gives victory to His anointed; He will answer him from His holy heaven with mighty victories from His right hand.
Meditation: The LORD brings victory to His anointed. King David, the writer of this psalm and the anointed King of Israel, knows better than anyone that God gives mighty victories not by chariots or horses, but by His Holy Name. While all other armies depended on chariots and horses, great military resources which accompanied men into battle, David trusted in God, a far mightier source of power and strength.
David had seen God give him victory, and experienced the LORD answering him in days of trouble (v.1), remembering him (v.3), and granting him the desires of his heart (v.4). But David’s declaration of trust in God’s help that we see in this psalm did more than just reveal truth about God’s power. It also prophesied about a much greater victory that God would bring through His Anointed Messiah centuries later.
Through Jesus, we see how the LORD brings ultimate victory to His Anointed. Jesus Christ, God’s Anointed Messiah, has truly brought victory to us all. Because of this victory, we can take heart in days of trouble (v.1), knowing that Jesus has already overcome the world. We have proof that God remembered us when He gave His only Son to atone for our sins (v.3). We can entrust to God the desires of our hearts knowing that as His redeemed, He seeks to do good works in us (v.4). Moreover, we can joyfully proclaim Jesus’ victory over sin and death and rest in it as our own (v.5). Take heart as a servant of God seeking to glorify Him today. The LORD has brought victory to His Anointed: Jesus. Whatever your circumstance or situation, because the LORD has brought victory to and through Jesus, you can live in the joy of victory with Him.
Prayer: Almighty God, You have won the ultimate victory. Your power and strength are unmatched. Thank You for seeing my need for a Redeemer and for bringing me Your help through His perfect work. Help me to live today with the reminder of Your victory at the forefront of my mind. In Jesus’ Name, AMEN.
Thru the Bible in a year (credit: Biblestudytools.com): Luke 15; Genesis 27; Psalm 20