The Desire of Your Heart

The prayer of the singer is that God would give you the desire of your heart.  Some would think that means that you make a list and bring it to God like a child hands a list of requests to Santa.  We know, though, that David was a man after God’s own heart.  There is an assumption in the psalms that the writer’s desire is for God.  When we can be sure that God will give us the desire of our heart is when our heart is set on God.

Psalm 20

Psalm 20[a]

    For the director of music. A psalm of David.

 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.[b]
4 May he give you the desire of your heart
   and make all your plans succeed.
5 May we shout for joy over your victory
   and lift up our banners in the name of our God.

   May the LORD grant all your requests.

 6 Now this I know:
   The LORD gives victory to his anointed.
He answers him from his heavenly sanctuary
   with the victorious 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 LORD, give victory to the king!
   Answer us when we call!

Questions

  1. What word is repeated in verses 1-5?
  2. Who is the psalmist asking God to bless?
  3. Why can the psalmist be assured that God will bless?
  4. Do you sing a desire for God to bless others?
  5. Who could you lift up to God in the hopes that God might bless them?

About Plymothian

I teach at Moody Bible Institute in Chicago. My interests include education, biblical studies, and spiritual formation. I have been married to Kelli since 1998 and we have two children, Daryl and Amelia. For recreation I like to run, play soccer, play board games, read and travel.
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