Psalm 20

1 Jehovah answer thee in the day of trouble;
The name of the God of Jacob set thee up on high;
2 Send thee help from the sanctuary,
And strengthen thee out of Zion;

1 In the Word of the Old Testament by the God of Jacob, and by the Holy One of Israel, the Lord himself is signified. A. 3305.
1-5. A song in praise of the Lord, that He sustains the church. P. P.
2 Jehovah answer thee, the name of the God of Jacob set thee up on high. D. P., Page 63.
2, 3. The sanctuary stands for the heaven in which is the truth of faith, and Zion for the heaven in which is the good of love. A. 8330.

3 Remember all thy offerings,
And accept thy burnt-sacrifice; [Selah
4 Grant thee thy heart’s desire,
And fulfil all thy counsel.

3, 4. Burnt-offerings and sacrifices stand for all worship, burnt-offerings for worship from love, sacrifices for worship from faith from love. A. 923.
3, 6. See Psalm ii. 6-8, 12. R. 612.
3, 6, 7. These things are also said concerning the Lord, and concerning His victories over the hells, and the salvation of men thereby obtained. Combats and victories are understood by Jehovah answering His anointed from the heaven of His Holiness, by the virtues of the salvation of His right hand. The salvation of the faithful thereby is understood by His supporting us out of Zion, and by our singing in His salvation. E. 850.
4 To make fat the burnt sacrifice means to render the worship good. A. 5943. As fat signifies celestial good, it was therefore a statute that all the fat of the sacrifices should be burned upon the altar. R. 782.
By fat is signified all the good of heaven and of the church. E. 11 59.

5 We will triumph in thy salvation,
And in the name of our God we will set up our banners:
Jehovah fulfil all thy petitions.
6 Now know I that Jehovah saveth his anointed;
He will answer him from his holy heaven
With the saving strength of his right hand.

6 See Psalm ii. 2, 6. R. 779.
We will set up our standard, Jehovah fulfil all thy petitions. D. P., Page 63.
6 7, 10. That salvation is from Him. P. P.
7 See Psalm ii. 2. A. 3008.
Divine power or omnipotence is also signified by the right hand. A. 8281.
See Psalm ii. 2, 6. . A. 9954.
See Psalm ii. 2, 6. E. 375.

7 Some trust in chariots, and some in horses;
But we will make mention of the name of Jehovah our
8 They are bowed down and fallen;
But we are risen, and stand upright.

8 A horse signifies the understanding of truth and a chariot doctrine. In the opposite sense however a horse signifies the understanding of truth when falsified by reasonings. W. H.
8, 9. A chariot signifies doctrine from the Word, and a horseman one who is wise therefrom. In Zechariah vi.
1-8, 15, the understanding of the Word, or the understanding of truth from the Word is signified by horses.
This may be still more evident from horses when mentioned in the opposite sense, in which they signify the understanding of the Word and of truth falsified by reasonings, and also destroyed, also one’s own intelligence as here. R. 298.
By trusting in the chariots and in horses, and by the strength of a horse in which Jehovah does not delight — Psalm cxlvii. 10, are signified all things which are from self-derived intelligence, from which are merely falsities. By the legs of a man are signified what is from self-will, from which are merely evils. E. 355.
That those are saved who trust in Him, and those perish who trust in themselves. P. P.

9 Save, Jehovah:
Let the King answer us when we call.

10 See Psalm iv. 2. R. 376.
The Lord as King is the Divine truth because this is signified by a king. It is from this that heaven and the church are called His Kingdom. R. 664.
See Psalm iv. 2. E. 471

Author: EMANUEL SWEDENBORG (1688-1772)