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Psalm XX

  1. Unto the end. A psalm for David.
  2. In thy strength, O Lord, the king shall joy; and in thy salvation he shall rejoice exceedingly.
  3. Thou hast given him his heart’s desire: and hast not withholden from him the will of his lips.
  4. For thou hast prevented him with blessings of sweetness: thou hast set on his head a crown of precious stones.
  5. He asked life of thee: and thou hast given him length of days for ever and ever.
  6. His glory is great in thy salvation: glory and great beauty shalt thou lay upon him.
  7. For thou shalt give him to be a blessing for ever and ever: thou shalt make him joyful in gladness with thy countenance.
  8. For the king hopeth in the Lord: and through the mercy of the most High he shall not be moved.
  9. Let thy hand be found by all thy enemies: let thy right hand find out all them that hate thee.
  10. Thou shalt make them as an oven of fire, in the time of thy anger: the Lord shall trouble them in his wrath, and fire shall devour them.
  11. Their fruit shalt thou destroy from the earth: and their seed from among the children of men.
  12. For they have intended evils against thee: they have devised counsels which they have not been able to establish.
  13. For thou shalt make them turn their back: in thy remnants thou shalt prepare their face.
  14. Be thou exalted, O Lord, in thy own strength: we will sing and praise thy power.
Psalm 20

When you appease my heart, I’ve nothing left to say, 
my agitated words fall fast asleep.

I don’t even remember my petty dramas—
your lullaby sings me awake.

Others assure me I imagine this, that to receive you 
the wound in my chest must stay fresh.

And that the anguish of others reopens the cut, 
and that it’s not good to suppress their clamor.

It’s not that they’re wrong, you come to me this way, too, 
but don’t let them touch your dawn upon my life,

Those few seconds of dawn when everything is taken with adoration, 
and you come back from elsewhere, you return from someone else’s darkness.



PATRICE DE LA TOUR DU PIN

translated from the French by Jennifer Grotz
from Psalms of All My Days, Carnegie Mellon Press, 2013.

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In God I will praise His Word.

Some trust in chariots and some in horses, but we trust in the name of the Lord our God. They collapse and fall, but we rise and stand upright.
—  Psalm 20:7-8 ESV
Psalm 20 (nkjv)

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)

Psalm 20

1-4 God answer you on the day you crash,

The name God-of-Jacob put you out of harm’s reach, 

   Send reinforcements from Holy Hill, 
   Dispatch from Zion fresh supplies, 
   Exclaim over your offerings, 
   Celebrate your sacrifices, 
   Give you what your heart desires, 
   Accomplish your plans. 

 5 When you win, we plan to raise the roof 
      and lead the parade with our banners. 
   May all your wishes come true! 

 6 That clinches it—help’s coming, 
      an answer’s on the way, 
      everything’s going to work out. 

 7-8 See those people polishing their chariots, 
      and those others grooming their horses? 
      But we’re making garlands for God our God. 
   The chariots will rust, 
      those horses pull up lame— 
      and we’ll be on our feet, standing tall. 

 9 Make the king a winner, God; 
      the day we call, give us your answer.

Now I know that the Lord saves his anointed; he will answer him from his holy heaven with the saving might of his right hand. Some trust in chariots and some in horses, but we trust in the name of the Lord our God. They collapse and fall, but we rise and stand upright.
—  Psalm 20:6-8 ESV
Psalm 20 (nkjv)

(1)May the LORD answer you in the day of trouble; May the name of the God of Jacob defend you; (2) May He send you help from the sanctuary, And strengthen you out of Zion; (3) May He remember all your offerings, And accept your burnt sacrifice. Selah

(4)May He grant you according to your heart’s desire, And fulfill all your purpose. (5) 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.

(6) 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.

(7) Some trust in chariots, and some in horses; But we will remember the name of the LORD our God. (8) They have bowed down and fallen; But we have risen and stand upright.

(9) Save, LORD! May the King answer us when we call.

Psalm 20

I pray that the Lord will listen when you are in trouble,
and that the God of Jacob will keep you safe.
May the Lord send help from his temple
and come to your rescue from Mount Zion.
May he remember your gifts and be pleased with what you bring.

May God do what you want most and let all go well for you.
Then you will win victories, and we will celebrate,
while raising our banners in the name of our God.
May the Lord answer all of your prayers!

I am certain, Lord, that you will help your chosen king.
You will answer my prayers from your holy place in heaven,
and you will save me with your mighty arm.

Some people trust the power of chariots or horses, but we trust you, Lord God.
Others will stumble and fall, but we will be strong and stand firm.

Give victory, Lord, and answer our prayers.

Psalm 20:1-8

"May the  Lord  answer you in the day of trouble! May the name of the God of Jacob protect you!    May he send you help from the sanctuary and give you support from Zion!    May he remember all your offerings and regard with favor your burnt sacrifices!  Selah    May he grant you your heart’s desire and fulfill all your plans!    May we shout for joy over your salvation, and in the name of our God 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 might of his right hand.    Some trust in chariots and some in horses,  but we trust in the name of the  Lord  our God.    They collapse and fall, but we rise and stand upright."

May you be our strength and our hope.

May the Lord answer you in the day of trouble! May the name of the God of Jacob protect you! May he send you help from the sanctuary and give you support from Zion! May he remember all your offerings and regard with favor your burnt sacrifices! Selah May he grant you your heart’s desire and fulfill all your plans! May we shout for joy over your salvation, and in the name of our God set up our banners! May the Lord fulfill all your petitions!
—  Psalm 20:1-5 ESV