December 09, 2002 Copyright © by United States Conference of Catholic Bishops
- 1 For the leader. A psalm of David.
- The LORD answer you in time of distress; the name of the God of Jacob defend you!
- May God send you help from the temple, from Zion be your support.
- 2 May God remember your every offering, graciously accept your holocaust, Selah
- Grant what is in your heart, fulfill your every plan.
- 3 May we shout for joy at your victory, raise the banners in the name of our God. The LORD grant your every prayer!
- Now I know victory is given to the anointed of the LORD. God will answer him from the holy heavens with a strong arm that brings victory.
- Some rely on chariots, others on horses, but we on the name of the LORD our God.
- They collapse and fall, but we stand strong and firm.
- LORD, grant victory to the king; answer when we call upon you.
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1 [Psalm 20] The people pray for the king before battle. The people ask for divine help (Psalm 20:2-6) and express confidence that such help will be given (Psalm 20:7-10). A solemn assurance of divine help may well have been given between the two sections in the liturgy, something like the promises of Psalm 12:6; 21:9-13. The final verse (Psalm 20:9)  echoes the opening verse.
2  Remember: God's remembering implies readiness to act. Cf Genesis 8:1; Exodus 2:24
3  Victory: the Hebrew root is often translated "salvation," "to save," but in military contexts it can have the specific meaning of "victory."
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