Psalm 20:1 Parallel Verses [⇓ See commentary ⇓]

Psalm 20:1, NIV: "For the director of music. A psalm of David. May the LORD answer you when you are in distress; may the name of the God of Jacob protect you."

Psalm 20:1, ESV: "To the choirmaster. A Psalm of David. May the LORD answer you in the day of trouble! May the name of the God of Jacob protect you!"

Psalm 20:1, KJV: "{To the chief Musician, A Psalm of David.} The LORD hear thee in the day of trouble; the name of the God of Jacob defend thee;"

Psalm 20:1, NASB: "For the choir director. A Psalm of David. May the LORD answer you in the day of trouble! May the name of the God of Jacob set you securely on high!"

Psalm 20:1, NLT: "For the choir director: A psalm of David. In times of trouble, may the LORD answer your cry. May the name of the God of Jacob keep you safe from all harm."

Psalm 20:1, CSB: "May the LORD answer you in a day of trouble; may the name of Jacob's God protect you."

What does Psalm 20:1 mean? [⇑ See verse text ⇑]

Psalm 20 opens with the congregation of Israel in the tabernacle praying in unison for David as he prepares for battle. The description, "the day of trouble," indicates that a battle was pending. The congregation asks the Lord to answer David, who had entered the tabernacle to pray and offer sacrifices. The congregation also prays that the Lord will keep David safe.

Intercessory prayer for those who are in authority is still necessary. The apostle Paul wrote in 1 Timothy 2:1–3:
"First of all, then, I urge that supplications, prayers, intercessions, and thanksgivings be made for all people, for kings and all who are in high positions, that we may lead a peaceful and quiet life, godly and dignified in every way. This is good, and it is pleasing in the sight of God our Savior."
Although King David was a benevolent, godly king, the rulers in Paul's day were far from benevolent and godly. Nevertheless, believers were urged to pray for them. Today, too, we ought to pray for our government officials and other leaders regardless of their political views or spiritual status.