Psalm 144 : Chapter Contents
David acknowledges the great goodness of God, and prays for help. (1-8) He prays for the prosperity of his kingdom. (9-15)
144 Blessed be the Lord my strength which teacheth my hands to war, and my fingers to fight:
2 My goodness, and my fortress; my high tower, and my deliverer; my shield, and he in whom I trust; who subdueth my people under me.
3 Lord, what is man, that thou takest knowledge of him! or the son of man, that thou makest account of him!
4 Man is like to vanity: his days are as a shadow that passeth away.
5 Bow thy heavens, O Lord, and come down: touch the mountains, and they shall smoke.
6 Cast forth lightning, and scatter them: shoot out thine arrows, and destroy them.
7 Send thine hand from above; rid me, and deliver me out of great waters, from the hand of strange children;
8 Whose mouth speaketh vanity, and their right hand is a right hand of falsehood.
When men become eminent for things as to which they have had few advantages, they should be more deeply sensible that God has been their Teacher. Happy those to whom the Lord gives that noblest victory, conquest and dominion over their own spirits. A prayer for further mercy is fitly begun with a thanksgiving for former mercy. There was a special power of God, inclining the people of Israel to be subject to David; it was typical of the bringing souls into subjection to the Lord Jesus. Man’s days have little substance, considering how many thoughts and cares of a never-dying soul are employed about a poor dying body. Man’s life is as a shadow that passes away. In their highest earthly exaltation, believers will recollect how mean, sinful, and vile they are in themselves; thus they will be preserved from self-importance and presumption. God’s time to help his people is, when they are sinking, and all other helps fail.:
O God of my salvation, many have been the times when you delivered me from the snares of the fowler and his cahoots. Lest I forget, there were times when I was grossly afraid, when it seemed there was no way to go and a roadblock appeared, times when they seemed so threatening as to cause me bodily harm and times when I seemed defenceless as they suddenly appeared from behind as if to stab me – BUT You were there all the time, protecting me from evil and from temptations sore.
Lord, as You have been faithful in times past, you are faithful today and I look to You for my tomorrows. Thank You Lord for Your compassion and mercies for who am I, here for today and gone tomorrow ?- BUT You make the difference with Your touch on my life. Thank You just for being with me as You said You would be – for keeping Your word. You are the Victor, my All in all. Praise! Your wonderful name! Amen.