Psalms 44:1

1 O God, we have heard with our ears, 1our fathers have told us, what deeds you performed in their days, 2in the days of old:

Psalms 44:1 Meaning and Commentary

Psalms 44:1

We have heard with our ears, O God
The church being in distress calls to mind the past favours of God to his people, in order to encourage her faith and hope; and this expression, delivered in such a form, shows the clearness, evidence, and certainty of what was heard; and which was heard not only as a tradition from father to son; but being recorded in the writings of Moses and the prophets, and these things read both in private and in public, were heard with the ear;

our fathers have told us [what] works thou didst in their days, in the
times of old:
such as the signs and wonders in Egypt, the slaying of the firstborn there, and the bringing of the people of Israel from thence with a mighty hand and outstretched arm; which fathers were used to tell in the ears of their sons, and sons' sons; and of which there were memorials continued in future ages, which led children to ask their parents the meaning of them; when they informed them of the wondrous works of Providence done in former times, and by which means they were handed down from age to age: see ( Exodus 10:2 ) ( 12:26 ) ( 13:8 ) .

Psalms 44:1 In-Context

1 O God, we have heard with our ears, our fathers have told us, what deeds you performed in their days, in the days of old:
2 you with your own hand drove out the nations, but them you planted; you afflicted the peoples, but them you set free;
3 for not by their own sword did they win the land, nor did their own arm save them, but your right hand and your arm, and the light of your face, for you delighted in them.
4 You are my King, O God; ordain salvation for Jacob!
5 Through you we push down our foes; through your name we tread down those who rise up against us.

Cross References 2

  • 1. Psalms 78:3; Exodus 10:2; Exodus 12:26, 27; Exodus 13:8, 14, 15; Judges 6:13; See Deuteronomy 6:20-23
  • 2. See Psalms 77:5
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