By proceeding, you consent to our cookie usage. For while it treasures the gifts, it reserves its final beatitude for the relationship behind them: that of being the people who know the Lord as their own.” (Kidner), (c) 2020 The Enduring Word Bible Commentary by David Guzik – ewm@enduringword.com. Click to enable/disable essential site cookies. I will sing a new song unto thee, O God: upon a psaltery and an instrument of ten strings will I sing … “But greatness, majesty, splendour, are not the Divinest parts of the Divine nature, as this singer had learned. They are surrounded by those floods as though deserted, and left there to perish; but keen is the eye that watches over them, strong is the hand that preserves them, and sure is the arm that delivers them. Man is like to vanity: his days are as a shadow that passeth away. Otherwise you will be prompted again when opening a new browser window or new a tab. 3. Benson Commentary Psalm 144:3-4. Spiritual fertility is a blessed thing, when each Christian, each of the Lord’s sheep, becomes prolific in increasing Christ’s flock. David's praise of God as his all-sufficient help is enhanced by a recognition of the intrinsic worthlessness of man. We need 2 cookies to store this setting. "I will sing a new song unto thee, O God: upon a psaltery [and] an instrument of ten strings will I sing … d. Happy are the people whose God is the LORD: Yet such blessings could only come to God’s covenant people when they were loyal to God as they had promised to be loyal (Exodus 24:3-8). “We desire a blessing for our whole family, daughters as well as sons. LORD, what is man that You take notice of him? i. You know that a shadow is nothing; it is rather the absence of something than anything in itself. The following cookies are also needed - You can choose if you want to allow them: You can read about our cookies and privacy settings in detail on our Privacy Policy Page. Psalms 144:1 Blessed [be] the Lord my strength The author and giver of his natural strength of body, and of the fortitude of his mind, and of all the spiritual strength he had, to exercise grace, to bear up under afflictions and trials, to perform duty, and withstand enemies. PSALM 144 Ps 144:1-15. Psalms 144:4. Our website uses cookies to store user preferences. 3 Lord, what is man, that thou takest knowledge of him! Psalm 144 Prayer for National Deliverance and Security. The Lord make it so in all our churches evermore.” (Spurgeon). Bow down Your heavens, O LORD, and come down; Bow down Your heavens, O LORD, and come down, Rescue me and deliver me out of great waters, On a harp of ten strings I will sing praises to You. Now let us read about two interesting incidents in David’s warrior life. Or the son of man, that You are mindful of him? Thus he gives us a larger and more detailed account of the word of God the longer he is engaged in writing upon it. Snakes in the grass are the most dangerous reptiles and enemies who will do any evil thing in order to ruin you, and who will tell any lie in the world in order to injure you, are just the hardest to overthrow. Click on the different category headings to find out more. Happy is that people, that is in such a case: yea, happy is that people, whose God is the LORD. i. a. There ministers and workers are in full vigour, and the people are happy and united. EXPOSITION VERSE 144 Verse 144.—"The righteousness of thy testimonies is everlasting." Click to enable/disable _gat_* - Google Analytics Cookie. Blessed be the L ord, my rock, who trains my hands for war, and my fingers for battle; 2. my rock and my fortress, my stronghold and my deliverer, my shield, in whom I take refuge, who subdues the peoples under me. Copyright StatementThese files are public domain.Text Courtesy of BibleSupport.com. Psalms 144:14-15. Psa 144:9-15 The method is the same in this latter part of the psalm as in the former; David first gives glory to God and then begs mercy from him. Among the blessings to be enjoyed by the Israelites, provided they observed God’s law, are the very ones that are mentioned in Psalm 144. Changes will take effect once you reload the page. Blessed be the LORD my Rock, who trains my hands for wa, My lovingkindness and my fortress, my high tower and my deliverer. “These verses may with a little accommodation be applied to a prosperous church, where the converts are growing and beautiful, the gospel stores abundant, and the spiritual increase most cheering. This is our promise and heritage as believers, followers of Jesus Christ. Psalms 144:5. Prayer for Rescue and Prosperity. We fully respect if you want to refuse cookies but to avoid asking you again and again kindly allow us to store a cookie for that. 2011. The LORD is gracious and full of compassion: David echoed the self-description of Yahweh to Moses: The LORD, the LORD God, merciful and gracious, longsuffering, and abounding in goodness and truth (Exodus 34:6). - Blessed be the LORD, my Rock and my great strength, Who trains my hands for war And my fingers for battle; My [steadfast] lovingkindness and my fortress, My high tower and my rescuer, My shield and He in whom I take refuge, Who subdues my people under me. Click to enable/disable Google Analytics tracking. When they looked to Yahweh as their only God and Master, rejecting all the idols of the nations, the promised blessings were granted – and God’s people were happy. Check to enable permanent hiding of message bar and refuse all cookies if you do not opt in. I know, ye people of God, you can say of Jehovah, “He is the One in whom I trust.” Rely upon anyone else, and your hopes are doomed to disappointment, as a bowing wall shall he be, and as a tottering fence. Cast forth lightning, and scatter them: shoot out thine arrows, and destroy them. God did but set one foot upon Mount Sinai, and it became altogether on a smoke. c. Happy are the people who are in such a state: David prayed as a wise and caring king, asking God for blessing upon his people in their common, everyday lives. i. This is what some *Jewish The story of David and Goliath is in 1 Samuel chapter 17. Psalms 144:9. -A Psalm of David. Verses 1-15. He says ‘ my Rock,’ ‘ my loving God,’ ‘ my fortress,’ ‘ my stronghold,’ ‘ my deliverer,’ and ‘ my shield’.” (Boice) LORD, what is man, that You take knowledge of him? My goodness, and my fortress; my high tower, and my deliverer; my shield, and he in whom I trust; Here are six names, or rather, five titles of God, and then an inference from them: “He in whom I trust.” Oh! Daughters may be as pillars: “…the daughters as the very picture of statuesque elegance and strength, ‘like sculptured pillars at the corners of a palace’ (New English Bible). “The Lord had promised to bless his people with stalwart youth, productivity, and prosperity, and to protect them from enemy attacks and humiliation (cf. Matthew Henry's Concise Commentary 144:1-8 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. Ps. Study Psalm 144 using Matthew Henry Bible Commentary (complete) to better understand Scripture with full outline and verse meaning. Psalms 144:13. That our sons may be as plants grown up in their youth; that our daughters may be as corner stones, polished after the similitude of a palace: Or, rather, “of a temple.” This should be the prayer of every parent, that his sons may be bringing forth fruit unto God, that his daughters may be fixed as polished stones in the Church of God, to form a part of the great spiritual temple. May this be our case! Psalms 144:14. THE force of compilation could no further go than in this psalm, which is, in the first eleven verses (Psalms 144:1-11)simply a rechauffe of known psalms, and in Psalms 144:12-15 is most probably an extract from an unknown one of later date.The junctions are not effected with much skill, and the last is tacked on very awkwardly (Psalms 144:12). 1. they are the object of YHWH's special care (cf. Blessed be the LORD my strength, which teacheth my hand to war, and my fingers to fight: David does not ascribe any honour to himself. The present psalm bears a strong resemblance to David's … That our sheep may bring forth thousands and ten thousands in our streets: Spiritual fertility is a blessed thing, when each Christian, each of the Lord’s sheep, becomes prolific in increasing Christ’s flock. To this significance of the number ten for the first part, allusion is pointedly made in Psalms 144… Psalms 144:2. Who subdueth my people under me. “Those who worship the happy God become a happy people.” (Spurgeon), iii. What was true for David and Israel under the Old Covenant is even truer for the believer in Jesus under the New Covenant. You can check these in your browser security settings. LORD, what is man, that thou takest knowledge of him! Human strength is from within, from the nerves, and sinews, and muscles, but the believer’s strength is from without: “Blessed be Jehovah my strength.” Now, if Jehovah be our strength, then nothing can be too difficult for us, for he whose strength is the omnipotence of God can do all things. ... Psalm 144:3-4 is surprising in that the focus moves from Israel to all humans. Psalm 144 is the 144th psalm of the Book of Psalms, beginning in English in the King James Version "Blessed be the LORD my strength which teacheth my hands to war, and my fingers to fight". It should be said of believers, Happy are the people whose God is the LORD. You are free to opt out any time or opt in for other cookies to get a better experience. See Gill on "Ps 144:8." or the son of man, that thou makest account of him! Mind that ye stand to this, and never depart from it. These are but the fringes of th… And if that is our case, then the Lord is our God even at this day. It is he that giveth salvation unto kings: who delivereth David his servant from the hurtful sword. That our oxen may be strong to labour: Psalms 144:14-15. Psalms 144:8. Since these providers may collect personal data like your IP address we allow you to block them here. Psalms 144:1-15. No breaking in or going out: “So well ordered is the police of the kingdom, that there are no depredations, no robbers, house-breakers, or marauding parties, in the land; no sudden incursions of neighbouring tribes or banditti breaking into fields or houses, carrying away property, and taking with them the people to sell them into captivity: there is no such breaking in, and no such going out, in the nation.” (Clarke). Psalms 144:10 It is he that giveth salvation unto kings: who delivereth David his servant from the … They swear, but they perjure themselves; they lift up the right hand, but they lie all the while. The first portion contains, in Psalms 144:1-2, ten attributes of God, —three and seven, the seven divided into four and three. Please be aware that this might heavily reduce the functionality and appearance of our site. “Which teacheth my hands to war:” just as the young soldier was, as it were, bound apprentice to the old warrior, went out to learn the drill, and afterwards was taken by him into the battle, so does the Lord by providence and by experience train his people’s hands to war, and their fingers to fight. That there be no complaining in our street. 1. Due to security reasons we are not able to show or modify cookies from other domains. Commentary on Psalm 144:9-15 (Read Psalm 144:9-15) Fresh favours call for fresh returns of thanks; we must praise God for the mercies we hope for by his promise, as well as those we have received by his providence. First he had said that God's testimonies were righteous, then that they were everlasting, and now that their righteousness is everlasting. Rid me, O God, from such men; for, of all enemies, those that can lie are the worst, for you never know where you are with such people. I will sing a new song unto thee, O God: upon a psaltery and an instrument of ten strings will I sing praises unto thee. Psalms 144:12. PSALM 144 OVERVIEW.. Albeit that this Psalm is in some measure very similar to Psalms 18:1-50, yet it is a new song, and in its latter portion it is strikingly so.Let the reader accept it as a new psalm, and not as a mere variation of an old one, or as two compositions roughly joined together. The LORD is gracious and full of compassion, Slow to anger and great in mercy. “This mercy I beg, not only for my own sake, but for the sake of thy people, that thine and our enemies being subdued, and peace established in the land, thy people may enjoy those blessings which thou hast promised to them.” (Poole), ii. Rescue me and deliver me from the hand of foreigners, Rescue me and deliver me from the hand of foreigners, That our sons may be as plants grown up in their youth, Happy are the people who are in such a state, Happy are the people whose God is the LORD, © Copyright - Enduring Word       |      . That our garners may be full, affording all manner of store: When this is the case spiritually, when there is milk for babes, meat for strong men, and not a little of each, but more than enough for all, then are we very happy. Rid me, and deliver me from the hand of strange children, whose mouth speaketh vanity, and their right hand is a right hand of falsehood: You see, good men sometimes repeat their prayers; they present the same petition over again, and they thus follow the example of Christ, who prayed three times, “saying the same words.”. Another change of strain. The designation Elohim, suddenly addressed to Jehovah in Psalm 144:9, is unusual in the last two books of the Psalter. Audio Commentary: Psalm 144 Psalm 144 1 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. Psalms 144:6-7. Shadow is the absence of light; and what is man but, as it were, the absence of light, the absence of anything that is substantial? --Speaker's Commentary. Have you not often felt like this? May this be our case! If you refuse cookies we will remove all set cookies in our domain. No doubt written after some great victory, and also before another severe struggle. Confidently imploring God's interposition against his enemies, he breaks forth into praise and joyful anticipations of the prosperity of his kingdom, when freed from vain and wicked men. It alludes here to covenant-breaking. The psalmist returns to his original theme of the praise of God (see Psalms 144:1, Psalms 144:2), and promises a "new song," as in Psalms … 8:4) because they are … 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. And if it is our case, then the Lord is our God even at this day. Of David. These cookies are strictly necessary to provide you with services available through our website and to use some of its features. Finding the new version too difficult to understand? Thanks be unto God, he that is with us in six troubles will not forsake us in the seventh! Happy those to whom the Lord gives that noblest victory, conquest and dominion over their own spirits. “In Psalm 144 David is extremely personal as he confesses who he had found God to be. We may request cookies to be set on your device. The LORD is good to all, And His tender mercies are over all His works. We use cookies to let us know when you visit our websites, how you interact with us, to enrich your user experience, and to customize your relationship with our website. After six psalms of sorrowful prayer in distress, we have now a psalm of praise and thanksgiving for God's gracious answer to supplications; and also a psalm of intercession. i. There has been nothing slipshod in their upbringing.” (Kidner), iii. He is but the fleeting shadow of some earthly object, which soon passes away. Psalms 144:13. The Christian man seldom escapes from one difficulty without falling into another. Click to enable/disable Google reCaptcha. If you do not want that we track your visit to our site you can disable tracking in your browser here: We also use different external services like Google Webfonts, Google Maps, and external Video providers. JOSEPH A ALEXANDER Psalms Commentary (1864) Spurgeon had high praise for Alexander's work writing that it "Occupies a first place among expositions. Go to, To report dead links, typos, or html errors or suggestions about making these resources more useful use our convenient, Spurgeon's Verse Expositions of the Bible, Commentary Critical and Explanatory - Unabridged, Kretzmann's Popular Commentary of the Bible, Lange's Commentary on the Holy Scriptures. Click to enable/disable _ga - Google Analytics Cookie. For the girls to be left out of the circle of blessing would be unhappy indeed.” (Spurgeon), iv. Matthew Henry's Concise Commentary 144:1-8 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. or the son of man, that thou makest account of him! Click to enable/disable _gid - Google Analytics Cookie. Please see our Privacy Policy for cookie usage details. You always can block or delete cookies by changing your browser settings and force blocking all cookies on this website. Psalms 144:9-11. “What is man, that thou takest knowledge of him!”. Psalms 144:3. Because these cookies are strictly necessary to deliver the website, refuseing them will have impact how our site functions. This exposition consisted of readings from Psalms 144, And 2 Samuel 5:17-25. Happy is he that hath the God of Jacob for his refuge! Bible commentary on the Book of Psalms, chapter 144, by Dr. Bob Utley, retired professor of hermeneutics. Psalms 144:2. Psalms 144:14. Having thus magnified God for the past, and marvelled at his loving-kindness, the psalmist now turns to prayer: —. A Psalm of David. You have said, “Lord, how couldst thou have bestowed such favors upon me, so utterly unworthy, so insignificant, so unknown, so worthless? “The hills melted like wax at the presence of the Lord.” Well, believer, you have many mountains; but you can ask God to “touch the mountains, and they shall smoke.” No matter what the mountains may be; high as the heavens your troubles may ascend, till they even seem to block up your pathway to the skies, yet one touch of the divine finger shall make them melt away, like wax before the fire, and you shall march on triumphantly to your God. O L ord, what are human beings that you regard them, (Spurgeon, C. H. Lectures to my Students: Commenting and Commentaries)Rosscup adds: This is one of the more thorough older exegetical works on the Hebrew … That there be no complaining in our streets. We provide you with a list of stored cookies on your computer in our domain so you can check what we stored. Blessed be the Lord my strength — On whom I rely, and from whom I have power to withstand and subdue my enemies, and to perform the duties … The right hand of falsehood [ Psalm 144:8] parallel to the tongue of falsehood ( Psalm 109:2) is the hand raised in taking a false oath. Blessed with safety and peace in the community, with no violence (breaking in or going out) or riot over injustice (outcry in our streets). PSALM 144 THANKSGIVING FOR ISRAEL'S HAPPY AND PROSPEROUS MORNING. You can also change some of your preferences. Lord, what is man — He magnifies and illustrates God’s goodness to him, by the consideration of his own meanness. But this will always prompt you to accept/refuse cookies when revisiting our site. These cookies collect information that is used either in aggregate form to help us understand how our website is being used or how effective our marketing campaigns are, or to help us customize our website and application for you in order to enhance your experience. 3 LORD, what is man, […] "Commentary on Psalms 144:4". Bibliography InformationSpurgeon, Charle Haddon. Leviticus 26:1-13; Deuteronomy 28:1-14; Psalm 132:13-18).” (VanGemeren), ii. This glorious hymn of thanksgiving came upon the realization of David and all Israel that "the morning" he had so earnestly prayed for in the preceding psalm (Psalms 143:8) had indeed dawned.A united, happy Israel were enjoying great prosperity and peace following the defeat and death of Absalom. Send thine hand from above; rid me, and deliver me out of great waters, from the hand of strange children; Moses, you know, was called “one drawn out of the water”, so are all Gods people, they are drawn out of floods of tribulation. Study the bible online using commentary on Psalm 144:12 and more! Used by Permission. Psalms 144:1. Note that blocking some types of cookies may impact your experience on our websites and the services we are able to offer. In like manner it contains ten requests to God in Psalms 144:5-7, divided precisely as the attributes. Read Psalm 144:12 commentary using The Treasury of David. https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/spe/psalms-144.html. Probably this Psalm was written after the crushing out of the great revolt under Absalom, and well might David ascribe to the divine hand his deliverance from that trial. The Story of Psalm 144 There seem to be two different psalms here. Psalms 144:14. Psalms 144 Commentary, One of over 110 Bible commentaries freely available, this commentary by Albert Barnes, a dedicated student of the Bible, continues to be very popular even today. "Spurgeon's Verse Expositions of the Bible". “The prayer ends at the source of the harmony it has visualized. That our oxen may be strong to labour; That the ministers of God may be mighty; that Sabbath-school teachers, and all earnest labourers, may have strength given to them. Whose mouth speaketh vanity, and their right hand is a right hand of falsehood. the son of man, that You are mindful of him? words that David prayed before he fought Goliath. According to this Latin reading of the Hebrew Psalter, the psalm, from verse 12 on, focuses on Israel (not on the enemies). Psalms 144 Commentary, One of over 110 Bible commentaries freely available, this commentary is from the most widely read and often quoted preacher in history, Charles Haddon Spurgeon This is repeated from Psalm 144:7; and is done to show the vehemency and importunity of the request, and the danger David was in, and his sense of it; See Gill on "Ps 144:7"; whose mouth speaketh vanity, and their right hand [is] a right hand of falsehood. It seemed as if the kingdom had gone from him; his ungrateful son had stolen the people’s hearts, and yet God was pleased to give him back his kingdom, and to set him upon his throne yet more firmly than before: “Who subdueth my people under me.” Christian, say that it is God who subdues your troubles, God who conquers your sins, God who enlightens your darkness, God who doeth all things for you; give him all the praise for every deliverance. That there be no breaking in, nor going out; That there be no wolves to destroy by breaking in; and that there be no sheep to suffer injury by going astray. ii. Verse 12. Happy those to whom the Lord gives that noblest victory, conquest and dominion over their own spirits. It is a clear and judicious explanation of the text, and cannot be dispensed with. Deliver the website, refuseing them will have impact how our site full and. God even at this day righteousness of thy testimonies is everlasting. will not forsake us in the!! 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