READ : Psalm 20:1-9
The original setting is probably that David is going forth to battle. A group of his people are wishing him well. But we can apply this to ourselves. We should wish the best for others. And what is that “best”? It is that God will answer your prayers (v. 1a), protect you (v. 1b), send you help (v. 2a), grant you support (v. 2b), remember your sacrifices (v. 3), give you the desire of your heart (v. 4a) and make your plans succeed (v. 4b). What a wonderful life, if all these things happen to us! Let us pray for each other, that God will give us the best that only He can give us.
When we pray unselfishly for others, God will surely answer our prayers (v. 6). But we must pray, not trusting in human efforts, but in God (v. 7). We must use the means provided by God, such as working hard to make a living and using medicine when we are sick, but our trust must not be in those means, but in the blessing of God upon them. The bottom line is that only God can provide our daily bread; only God can heal us. Others may use the means and trust in them, “but we trust in the name of the Lord our God” (v. 7b). It is so easy to get swept up in the spirit of the age in which we live. May God give You His best, and as He does so, worship Him in a spirit of gratitude. And express that gratitude in the way He wants us to, by obeying His wise commandments.
Father, we surrender to You. Please give what is best for us and the circle of those we know. In Jesus’ name Amen.