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Psalm 20 Jan. 9 For the Chief Musician. A Psalm by David.  1May Yahweh answer you in the day of trouble. May the name of the God of Jacob set you up on high, 2send you help from the sanctuary, grant you support from Zion, 3remember all your offerings and accept your burnt sacrifice. Selah. 4May He grant you your heart’s desire, and fulfil all your word. 5We will triumph in Your salvation, in the name of our God, we will set up our banners. May Yahweh grant all your requests. 6Now I know that Yahweh saves His anointed; He will answer him from His holy heaven, with the saving strength of His right hand. 7Some trust in chariots and some in horses, but we trust the name of Yahweh our God. 8They are bowed down and fallen, but we rise up, and stand upright. 9Save, Yahweh! Let the King answer us when we call!   


20:7 Solomon speaks of “my father David” so often that it appears he was dominated by the need he felt to live out David’s parental expectations of him. But Solomon’s obsession with chariots and horses shows that he didn’t follow David in real spiritual terms, just externally. Those whose parents were believers and were raised to believe must ask themselves whether they too are merely living out parental expectation externally.