I love seeking words out in the original languages and like comparing the different translations of the Bible. I also think visually and learn best that way too. So, when I saw the word banner in Psalm 20:5, I could imagine a banner that said salvation flying high in Heaven! It made me wonder if each time someone got saved, a banner would be raised with their name on it. That would be an amazing thing to witness as the angels shouted Hallelujah in unison! But this is just in my mind, and my very active imagination.
What is real, and not in my mind, is God’s Word. Knowing that as we draw close to God, and live in obedience to Him, we may ask Him to grant our hearts desire, and fulfill His purpose in our lives. This is something that causes joy in my heart! The Old and New Testaments abound with reminders of God hearing and granting our hearts desires. But, what we must remember is that God is not a genie. He does not grant wishes according to our whims. He grants our heart’s desire, because, in loving Him, we find we want what glorifies Him, not ourselves. We want what pleases Him, what is going to be used for the Kingdom of God, not our earthly “wants.”
Another verse I was mindful of is Psalm 21:7: “Some boast in chariots and some in horses, But we will boast in the name of the Lord, our God.” These words made me think about how the people of the world boast in their cars, money, homes, vacations, and so forth. But we must place our trust only in God, and boast about what He is, and what He has done in our lives, giving Him the honor and praise.
I hope that as we go along in our Psalms reflection journey together, you are listening to the beautiful music presented here. I have my favorites, and today is one of them. Please feel free to leave comments and share your thoughts with others at the bottom of this page.
Read Psalm 20 today. It’s only nine verses long. And enjoy this music brought to us by The Psalms Project.
Source: The Psalms Project