Psalm 20

1May the LORD answer you in the day of trouble!
May the name of the God of Jacob protect you!

“May the Lord answer you in the day of trouble!” A high view of God makes such texts of Scripture such as Psalm 20 utterly amazing. It is a person with a very small God who complains that God did not deliver him in the right way (or at all). People who say that if God is as big as we say that he is then He ought to come across for us, are very ignorant people. It could be that they are talking out of their pain and we perhaps should cut them some slack and understand that.

But God is the centre of the universe, not us. People get upset with God because they think that God owes them something.

But the fact remains that to be able to even to ask God for help is an immense privilege. Why should He who does whatever He pleases, who knows the end from the beginning, who ordains all things that come to pass yet is not guilty of anything that is sinful, even bend His ear to hear what my request is? Answer? Jesus Christ. God does what He does for people, for the glory of His Son, the Lord Jesus Christ.

And we are in Christ because He loves us. We love because He loved us. We have access to God because of Christ and He lives to intercede for us the Father. All this and more and now we can say “Hear my cry O God.” This is stunning.