The Psalms

Psalm 144 Blessings Through Battles.

Not many of us are trained warriors or destined for this calling in life, but the LORD does train those who are called upon for this needful work (Cf. II Sam. 22:35; Ps. 18:34). However, we are all engaged in a spiritual battle in our lives as believers, and for this the LORD trains us as well. For most of us our fingers are what we employ in making our way in the world. We are able to be successful because the LORD is our Rock, lovingkindness, fortress, high tower, deliverer, shield, and the one in whom we can take refuge, with the promise that He will subdue our enemies (Cf. Ps. 18:47). It is important to remember that the LORD does this through the training He provides as well as direct. He expects us to play our part (vv. 1-2).

In echoes of Psalm 8 David asks, “LORD, what is man, that You take knowledge of him? Or the son of man, that You are mindful of him? Man is like a breath; his days are like a passing shadow.” (vv. 3-4 Cf. Job 7:17-18; 8:9; 14:2; Pss. 8:4; 39:11; 102:11; Heb. 2:6) All of creation is under the LORD’s command and is employed for His kingdom work (vv. 5-6). Foreign enemies are often referred to as great waters also, from which David prays for deliverance (v. 7). The “right hand” signifies strength and help, what one depends on for life and prosperity. For the enemies of the LORD what they rely on is falsehood, therefore they speak “lying words.” (vv. 8, 11). They can’t even trust each other (Cf. Ps. 12:2-3).

David, the psalmist, has different words, words of praise to the God of all creation, “the One who gives salvation to kings,’ and in providence upholds His servants in the midst of the battle (vv. 9-10). So we give thanks to the LORD our God for His work in creation, salvation, and providence. It is a covenant of promise that extends throughout the generations, with fruitful children, secure as pillars in the temple of the LORD, beautiful in appearance also (v. 12). It is also a promise of prosperity in this life (vv. 13-14). “Happy are the people who are in such a state; happy are the people whose God is the LORD.” (v. 15) This is the blessedness of those whose God is the covenant making and covenant keeping LORD.

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