Psalm 20 Prayer of Exaltation
1 The Lord answer you in the day of trouble!
The name of the God of Jacob protect you!
2 May He send you help from the sanctuary,
and give you support from Zion!
3 May He remember all your offerings,
and regard with favor your burnt sacrifices!
4 May He grant you your heart’s desire,
and fulfill all your plans!
6 May we shout for joy over your victory,
and in the name of our God set up our banners!
May the Lord fulfil all your petitions!
6 Now I know that the Lord will help His anointed;
He will answer him from His holy heaven
with mighty victories by His right hand.
7 Some boast of chariots, and some of horses;
but we boast of the name of the Lord our God.
8 They will collapse and fall;
but we shall rise and stand upright.
9 Give victory to the king, O Lord;
answer us when we call.
– Psalm 20
Commentary based on St. Thomas Aquinas
In Psalm 20, David renders his due thanks for being freed, or with a hope for his liberation.
It is divided into two parts: first, a prayer of exaltation is set forth, and second, there is a promise.
This prayer of exaltation is a hope for an answer.
David’s prayer was introduced as if he was praying in his own behalf. And, also literally those things are here said, as referring to David, yet properly and precisely they pertain to the Lord Christ.
However, according to mystery, such things pertain to Christ’s Church, and the just man, and are altogether understood.
This Psalm gives the reasons why prayer is answered: first, His divine goodness, The name of the God of Jacob protect you, second, aid from sainted ones, May He send you help from the sanctuary and third, one’s own merit or credit, May He remember all your offerings.