Psalm 144 King James Version (KJV)
1 Blessed be the Lord my strength which teacheth my hands to war, and my fingers to fight:
I’m so glad He teaches us to war and to fight. In David’s day, the enemy was physical and you could see him every day. David had to use his hands i warfare, and relied on God to show him how to win the battles he faced.
Today, we face spiritual battles. Now I believe David faced them too, don’t get me wrong. Te spiritual battle has been going on ever since the the fruit was eaten in the garden. I believe that today we have been given a keener sense of this spiritual battle because of the presence of the Holy Ghost, or Holy Spirit, whichever you want to use here.
Paul tells us that “we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places:” (Eph 6:13). It is essential that we rely on God to teach us and train us in this type of warfare because I don’t have a clue how to fight a spiritual enemy without His help! He teaches me to pray, to worship, to utilize His word, to be truthful, to wait on Him, to trust Him – so many things that we must hold onto when the battle gets rough.. Yes, he teaches our hands to fight and our minds to stay engaged in the battle for souls. My, how He loves us!
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.
Since God is all these things to me, how can I possibly worry about the battles that come my way. When I pout my trust in Him explicitly, and begin to acknowledge Him in every way (Prov 3:5-6) then He He will direct my path from day to day. If I know He is directing my path, I can be assured that any trial or storm that comes is one He has led me to so I can go through it. After all, He led the Israelites through the wilderness for 40 years! They followed the cloud by day and the fire by night. Battles came, plagues came, trouble came. All the adults died. But God was leading them every step and they came through it. He will bring me through as well, and it will go much easier for me if I let Him lead.
He is my goodness – I have none within myself (Is 64:6). When I rely on His goodness as my own, He can teach me what is the good, right and just thing to do in any situation. I use my own faulty human wisdom to try and figure out what is good. If I listen to Him, I can gain so much in this area. I must realize that my goodness is nothing like His.
He’s my fortress and my high tower. Both of these terms speak of a place where can go to hide or escape from the enemy. God provides that for me. I am not to run to a place of my own choosing – I am to run to Him. I am not to hide from the enemy in my closet or by drinking or taking drugs or any other method. I am to run to Him. I am not to avoid the enemy by any method but running to Him – he is my fortress and high tower.
He is my deliverer. I want to figure out a way to deliver myself. That will end up in disaster every time. Or, if it does succeed, will probably end up in pride. Either way I stray from god;s perfect plan. He is my deliverer. He will deliver me in His time, in His way. I just need to be patient and wait on His timing. I need to pray for strength to stay the course. God is faithful to deliver me.
He is my shield. Ephesians says the shield of faith will quench the fiery darts if our enemy (Eph 6:16). The shield is meant to stop whatever the enemy hurls at us. When we allow God to be out shield only those things He decides will get through to us have a chance. if we try to wield the shield alone we better be fast on our feet!
3 Lord, what is man, that tho tokest 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.
Makes you feel important doesn’t it? Man is just a shadow. I am just a shadow. A shadow moves about all day long. In the morning it’s long, at noon it can be rather short and in the evening it’s long again. It only moves as I move. There is no strength, no power, no knowledge, no wisdom in a shadow. Why does God even mess with us? We’re just vain beings here making a mess of His creation. i’ll let you answer this question for yourself. if you have a good thought about t, drop in a comment!
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.
God has so many weapons at His disposal to help us get by our enemy. He can send a shooting star or an asteroid, He can erupt a volcano or throw lightning at them, He can scatter hem with the wind or shoot His arrows down. His hand will take tare of my enemy – I just need to trust Him, pray and praise.
9 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.
10 It is he that giveth salvation unto kings: who delivereth David his servant from the hurtful sword.
I love the new song. God gives them to me regularly. I sing them all the time. Songs of praise that lift up His name. How about you – do you have a new song to sing? Just open up your mouth and let the words flow. Words of praise. Words that exalt His name. Words of thanksgiving. If they take in a beat or a melody, sing them louder. Sing your own new song!
11 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:
12 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:
13 That our garners may be full, affording all manner of store: that our sheep may bring forth thousands and ten thousands in our streets:
14 That our oxen may be strong to labour; that there be no breaking in, nor going out; that there be no complaining in our streets.
15 Happy is that people, that is in such a case: yea, happy is that people, whose God is the Lord.
This prayer of deliverance from. strange children is very interesting to me. Their mouth speaks vanity and their hands are full of falsehood. Sounds like He has children similar to mine when they were teenagers! I prayed for them for years that they would get their lives straightened out. Now they are all in church and learning anew about Jesus.
There are blessings to us when our children do well because we are not spending all if our energy and resources on them. Not only does it bring joy to our hearts to see their lives going better, but our house is better as well.
Never stop praying for your kids and always show them your love. Show them your love for the Lord too!