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The prayer continues!
In the form of poetic Hebrew parallelism, Psalm 20:2. Here’s the King James Version. “Send thee help from the sanctuary, and strengthen thee out of Zion.”Two similar requests!
The prayer is not a “direct” petition, directed to the Almighty. It is a statement of prayer, a prayer “request,” told to the person for whom the prayer is being offered.
As in: “May God send you help ….” and … “May the Lord strengthen you as well.” Both these urgings are “prayable” for someone we love, too.
“Send thee help from the sanctuary.”
“Strengthen thee out of Zion.”
I have printed the two halves of our verse in “parallel” fashion.
The “sanctuary” (in Hebrew “qodesh,” a “Holy Place”) is then a Place of “help” for the Believer in Christ. Probably the Temple is in David’s mind here.
And “send” means to lavishly “scatter” handfuls of “encouragement” upon the needy soul! “Help” is “ezer” in Hebrew, “succour.” It etymologically means “to run to a person’s side in order to aid him or her!”
This was to be prayed for the King of Israel, for David himself!
We might even pray it for our David, the Lord Jesus Christ, especially regarding His future Second Coming!
And I’m absolutely sure we can pray it for the man who is our “Pastor!”
To “strengthen” (in Hebrew “saad”) means “to support, to hold up, to refresh to establish!” And “Zion” (in Hebrew “parched place”) usually refers to the City of Jerusalem. Though it can mean the whole Country.
Prayer for God’s Hand of Might to be upon the person, upon those people, who comprise your prayer list.
They they be not weak!
That they may not quit!
That they might be “strengthened” to this point of assurance, agreeing with Paul the Apostle. “I can do all things through Christ which strengtheneth me.”Philippians 4:13
— Dr. Mike Bagwell
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