The Battle Before the Battle


Psalm 20:1-3 says, “May Yahweh answer you in the day of trouble; may the name of Jacob’s God protect you. May He send you help from the sanctuary and sustain you from Zion. May He remember all your offerings. Selah.”

David knew well what he was writing about. Battles were a very real part of his life. His situation as a shepherd brought him to his first battle…the lion and the bear. His service as a son brought him to his second battle…Goliath. His sin brought him to a continuous battle so that the sword never left his house. His success brought him to his greatest battles: a battle of “externals” with Michal, as he danced before The Lord and a battle of internals (pride) as he numbered Israel.

One thing David knew about warfare that most don’t today is the importance of the battle before the battle…prayer. Davis prayed concerning:

1. God’s Protection. (verse 1)
2. God’s Power. (verse 2)
3. God’s Purifying. (verse 3)
4. God’s Passion. (Selah)

The things David prayed for here were most important to him. He reveals his heart and experience in facing battles. To survive and thrive demands God’s protection, power, purity and passion. These only come through prayer that places me in His presence. Before I go into battle against the powers of evil, I must make preparation through prayer in the presence of God.


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