Messiah Prayed for, and Prayed to, by His Waiting People
It seems that David was about to lead his armies against their enemies. In the first five verses, his subjects prayed for him and the victory, which by faith, they envisaged. To have such a prayer-supporting people encourages David in v. 6, to believe that God would be his strength and salvation. Then from v. 7 onwards, the national chorus once again petitions the Lord with confidence. David shadows a greater King, who would know deliverance and victory. Christ’s people ought then to pray for His victory in the earth, and the overthrow of the enemies of His kingdom.

Psalm 20

  1  Jehovah hear thee in the day
         when trouble he doth send:
      And let the name of Jacob's God
         thee from all ill defend.

   2  O let him help send from above,
         out of his sanctuary:
      From Zion, his own holy hill,
         let him give strength to thee.

   3  Let him remember all thy gifts,
         accept thy sacrifice:
   4  Grant thee thine heart's wish, and fulfill
         thy thoughts and counsel wise.

   5  In thy salvation we will joy;
         in our God's name we will
      Display our banners: and the Lord
         thy prayers all fulfill.

   6  Now know I God his king doth save:
         he from his holy heav'n
      Will hear him, with the saving strength
         by his own right hand giv'n.

   7  In chariots some put confidence,
         some horses trust upon:
      But we remember will the name
         of our Lord God alone.

   8  We rise, and upright stand, when they
         are bowed down, and fall.
   9  Deliver, Lord; and let the King
         us hear, when we do call.