“May the Lord answer you in the day of trouble; May the name of the God of Jacob defend you; May He send you help from the sanctuary, And strengthen you out of Zion; May He remember all your offerings, And accept your burnt sacrifice. Selah May He grant you according to your heart’s desire, And fulfill all your purpose. We will rejoice in your salvation, And in the name of our God we will set up our banners! May the Lord fulfill all your petitions. Now I know that the Lord saves His anointed; He will answer him from His holy heaven With the saving strength of His right hand. Some trust in chariots, and some in horses; But we will remember the name of the Lord our God. They have bowed down and fallen; But we have risen and stand upright. Save, Lord! May the King answer us when we call.” (Psalms 20:1–9 NKJV)
Here in Psalm 20 David reminds us that the Lord does hear our prayers and that He can answer in a variety of ways.
This brief chapter is a royal psalm; the king was about to go to war, but before he did he stopped to pray in the sanctuary, where he was joined by the congregation who interceded for him. Having rehearsed the intercessory prayer of the people for their monarch who was praying for victory, the king expressed the assurance he had received from the Lord for an overwhelming victory.
Let me outline a simple break down of how David's petition is developed.
Lord defend me
Lord help me
Lord remember me
Lord grant my heart's desire
Lord fulfill my petitions
Lord save me
Never forget that God is interested in and desiring to invest in the development, growth, maturity and protection of His people.