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Bible Commentaries

G. Campbell Morgan's Exposition on the Whole Bible

Psalms 20

Verses 1-9

This and the next psalms are certainly closely connected. The first is the prayer of the people on behalf of the king as he goes forth to battle. The first five verses were sung in chorus and express the consciousness of the supreme need in this day of trouble. The foes are gathered, the battle must be fought. Help must come from the sanctuary and strength from Zion. In the name of God the banners must be set up. The next verse is a solo. The voice of the king is heard announcing his confidence in Jehovah. Immediately the chorus takes up the music and contrasts the confidence of the foe in chariots and horses with the confidence of those who follow the king in the name of Jehovah, who is their God.

Following the contrast of confidence is that of issue: They are bowed down and fallen; But we are risen, and stand upright.

The whole ends with a prayer in such form as recognizes the kingship of Jehovah. Today, the weapons of our warfare are no longer carnal, but we have a conflict to wage and the secrets of strength for us are revealed as clearly here as for those of olden times.

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Morgan, G. Campbell. "Commentary on Psalms 20". "G. Campbell Morgan Exposition on the Bible". https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/eng/gcm/psalms-20.html. 1857-84.