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Psalm 144

Prayer for National Deliverance and Security

Of David.

1

Blessed be the Lord, 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.

 

3

O Lord, what are human beings that you regard them,

or mortals that you think of them?

4

They are like a breath;

their days are like a passing shadow.

 

5

Bow your heavens, O Lord, and come down;

touch the mountains so that they smoke.

6

Make the lightning flash and scatter them;

send out your arrows and rout them.

7

Stretch out your hand from on high;

set me free and rescue me from the mighty waters,

from the hand of aliens,

8

whose mouths speak lies,

and whose right hands are false.

 

9

I will sing a new song to you, O God;

upon a ten-stringed harp I will play to you,

10

the one who gives victory to kings,

who rescues his servant David.

11

Rescue me from the cruel sword,

and deliver me from the hand of aliens,

whose mouths speak lies,

and whose right hands are false.

 

12

May our sons in their youth

be like plants full grown,

our daughters like corner pillars,

cut for the building of a palace.

13

May our barns be filled,

with produce of every kind;

may our sheep increase by thousands,

by tens of thousands in our fields,

14

and may our cattle be heavy with young.

May there be no breach in the walls, no exile,

and no cry of distress in our streets.

 

15

Happy are the people to whom such blessings fall;

happy are the people whose God is the Lord.


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Verses 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. 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.

Verses 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. To be saved from the hurtful sword, or from wasting sickness, without deliverance from the dominion of sin and the wrath to come, is but a small advantage. The public prosperity David desired for his people, is stated. It adds much to the comfort and happiness of parents in this world, to see their children likely to do well. To see them as plants, not as weeds, not as thorns; to see them as plants growing, not withered and blasted; to see them likely to bring forth fruit unto God in their day; to see them in their youth growing strong in the Spirit. Plenty is to be desired, that we may be thankful to God, generous to our friends, and charitable to the poor; otherwise, what profit is it to have our garners full? Also, uninterrupted peace. War brings abundance of mischiefs, whether it be to attack others or to defend ourselves. And in proportion as we do not adhere to the worship and service of God, we cease to be a happy people. The subjects of the Saviour, the Son of David, share the blessings of his authority and victories, and are happy because they have the Lord for their God.




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