How do you get ready for some great challenge? It could be a conflict or a surgery or an undertaking that is very risky. The people in Psalm 20 are on the eve of a great battle, and the temptation is to look to military might as their hope (v. 7). Instead, they look to the Lord and to the king He gave them (vv. 1-5). This is one of the most stirring of all the Psalms because of its tense awareness of life-and-death issues soon to be resolved. This “royal psalm” is actually a responsorial psalm in three parts: Verses 1-5 where the people pray for their king, verses 6-8 where David (or a worship leader) responds with a confident affirmation of faith, then the people close the prayer with a final petition in the last verse.