For Daily Athens' weekly PsalmChallenge, here is the uplifting Psalm 20.
The Hebrew + English text can be found here.
1 To the choirmaster. A Psalm of David.
The LORD answer you in the day of trouble! The name of the God of Jacob protect you!.
2 May he send you help from the sanctuary, and give you support from Zion! 3 May he remember all your offerings, and regard with favor your burnt sacrifices! [Selah]
4 May he grant you your heart's desire, and fulfill all your plans! 5 May we shout for joy over your salvation, and in the name of our God set up our banners!
May the LORD fulfill all your petitions!
6 Now I know that the LORD will help his anointed; he will answer him from his holy heaven with mighty victories by his right hand. 7 Some boast of chariots, and some of horses; but we boast of the name of the LORD our God. 8 They will collapse and fall; but we shall rise and stand upright. 9 O LORD save! May the King answer us on the day we call.*
The tetragrammaton: YHWH, the letters of God's ineffable name
Sacrificial altars of the Second Temple, Aish Hatorah model
From the Museum of Islamic Art
*The Vulgate, the early Latin version of the Bible, translates the last verse as
"O Lord, save the king! Answer us when we call."
From here comes the phrase "God Save the King [or Queen]," a rallying cry to the support of the monarch and the nation's forces.