Have other nations ever experienced something of this nature concerning God’s interventions? Indeed, they have, though not every claim to a divine intervention on a people's part is genuine. The history of England has such incidents. There is the victory over the Spanish Armada in the days of Queen Elizabeth. The fate of the English Reformation was at stake in that battle, as well as the English throne. The Spanish ships were mightier and outnumbered the English. People all over England were praying. As a result, the English navy achieved a stunning victory, and the work begun in the southern portion of the channel was completed by a sudden and unexpected storm which drove the escaping Spanish ships northward and wrecked most on rocks off the coast of Scotland.

The second stanza of Psalm 20 is the section spoken in the first person singular, perhaps by the king himself, as some scholars think,4 or, more likely, by one of the nation's priests.5 It is an assurance that God hears and will answer the king's (and people's) prayers.

I have said that the first five verses are a prayer for Israel's king. Yet strictly speaking, they are not a prayer to God so much as words directed to the king himself, assuring him that the people believe in him and want God to answer his petitions.

The twentieth psalm and the immediately following twenty-first psalm are different from the psalms we have studied thus far in that they were designed to be sung by the Jewish people on behalf of their king and nation. The first is a prayer for the king's victory in a day of battle. The second is a prayer of thanksgiving for that deliverance.

It is only after this evaluation that we find the completion of the parallel in a statement of two things the Scriptures do: "By them is your servant warned" and "in keeping of them there is great reward" (v. 11). In other words, because the words of God are sure and righteous, the servants of God are warned by them and the keepers of them are rewarded.