1 May the LORD answer you when you are in distress; may the name of the God of Jacob protect you. 2 May he send you help from the sanctuary and grant you support from Zion. 3 May he remember all your sacrifices and accept your burnt offerings. "Selah" 4 May he give you the desire of your heart and make all your plans succeed. 5 We will shout for joy when you are victorious and will lift up our banners in the name of our God. May the LORD grant all your requests. 6 Now I know that the LORD saves his anointed; he answers him from his holy heaven with the saving power of his right hand. 7 Some trust in chariots and some in horses, but we trust in the name of the LORD our God. 8 They are brought to their knees and fall, but we rise up and stand firm. 9 O LORD, save the king! Answer us when we call!
The highlighted verses from 1 through 5 are a benediction of blessing for believers. The word ‘benediction’ comes from two Latin words meaning ‘well’ ‘say’ or more clearly ‘well said’. The word ‘may’ is not found in the interlinear rendering of the Greek. The Greek says for example in verse 1: “LORD answer day trouble! Name God Jacob set high!” The point is the dictionary defines ‘may’ as having a core meaning of a verb indicating that something could be true, or could have happened, or will possibly happen in the future. This definition indicates possibility or indicates that something could happen. What the word ‘may’ implies is maybe the Lord will answer you, maybe He will protect you or maybe He will send you help - maybe. It’s a possibility but you can’t bank on it. It could happen – but probably won’t.
In actuality these verses carry the same blessing and anointing that the blessing in Numbers 6 does. It says, "The LORD bless you and keep you; the LORD make his face shine upon you and be gracious to you; the LORD turn his face toward you and give you peace." This is a pronouncement, a declaration, to be spoken over the people. It is followed by “and I will bless them." There is no “maybe” or “if you’re lucky” or “if I’m in a good mood” attached to it. It is definitive. I WILL BLESS YOU.
So it is in Psalm 20. He is saying the Lord will answer you, He will protect you, He will support you, He will remember your sacrifice, and He will give you your desires and make your plans succeed. He will grant all your requests.
Prayer: Declare the following over yourself and your family: "May the LORD answer me when I’m in distress; may the name of the God of Jacob protect me. May he send me help from the sanctuary and grant me support from Zion. May he remember all my sacrifices and accept my offerings. May he give me the desire of my heart and make all my plans succeed".