“The LORD hear you in the day of trouble; the name of the God of Jacob defend you; send you help from the sanctuary, and strengthen you out of Zion; remember all your offerings, and accept your burnt sacrifice; Selah. Grant you according to your own heart, and fulfil all your counsel.” Psalm 20:1-4 (KJV)
In this Psalm of David he writes that the LORD will hear you, defend you, send you help from the sanctuary, strengthen you, remember your offerings, and accept your costly sacrifices.
Let us as Christians today come with the expectant heart of David, and God will be rich in blessing toward us as well.
Looking at verses 2 – 4 of the text above; it is GOD who sends help from our time of worship. You see wherever we are in the worship of the Most High, holy, and Almighty God that is the sanctuary; the one who worships Him though throughout the week – Monday – Saturday – will not forsake the gathering with other believers on the first day of the week as the early church did. He is our help.
Looking at the “strength out of Zion” we can see Zion is Jerusalem the City of David. It is the city on a hill. A city of strength. You can notice from Scripture that when every one left Jerusalem they were always going down to Jericho, or down to Bethel, and down to Capernaum, etc.. A picture of strength, and a reminder to the Hebrew people where their strength came from.
The “offerings… and burnt sacrifice” are those things which David would have offered to the LORD. In these verses he is offering praise, and worship. The burnt sacrifice would have been the sacrifice of a bull, lamb, ram, goat, dove etc. We do not sacrifice animals today. We do not need to; neither are we commanded to. So what is the offerings and sacrifices we give? Ourselves; our surrender to the death, burial, and resurrection of Jesus Christ God’s Son, God the Son.
When we give our all to Him He gives us a desire to live for Him. A desire to love like He does, to love what He loves; and to hate the things He hates. He will fulfill the desires of the heart that is given to Him (Psalm 37:4); in life, liberty, and love.