Psalm 20

Psalm 20

The psalmist addresses the king and prays that he will be victorious in battle.  In verse 7 he is called “the anointed (messiah) of the LORD” and in verse 10 he is called “king.”  We think immediately of the promises made to David and his descendants in the Second Book of Samuel, chapter 7, and the fulfillment of the promises on a higher level in Jesus and his victory over death and evil.

Imagine Jesus praying these words.  He hears the divine word assuring him,  “May God remember your every offering, . . . Grant what is in your heart,  fulfill your every plan.”

Then we hear ourselves responding, “Now I know victory is given to the anointed of the LORD.”  In the battle of life, we know that Christ is with us.  Indeed, we were anointed with the oil of the Spirit in Baptism and Confirmation.  That same oil strengthens us in the Anointing of the Sick.  We “rely on the name of the LORD our God” in every battle of life—in temptation, worry, anxiety, even when people turn their backs on us, hurt us, betray us.  The victory is ours.

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About the Author

Hilarion Kistner, O.F.M., after ordination in 1955, did further studies in Scripture. He taught Scripture to seminarians for 15 years. He has been editor of Sunday Homily Helps for more than 25 years.
  • Leah

    I appreciate your succinct, encouraging blog.