Psalms 44:5

5 Through you we 1push down our foes; through your name we 2tread down those who rise up against us.

Psalms 44:5 Meaning and Commentary

Psalms 44:5

Through thee will we push down our enemies
The Chaldee paraphrase renders it, "through the Word": the essential Word of God, the Lord Jesus Christ, who is the church's King and God, and has wrought out complete deliverance and salvation for his people; and he is the horn of salvation, by which, though weak in themselves, they push down their enemies, which are many and mighty, and they are more than conquerors over them: the metaphor is taken from creatures pushing with their horns those that oppose them, and in defence of themselves; and there seems to be an allusion to ( Deuteronomy 33:17 ) ;

through thy name will we tread them under that rise up against us;
in the name of the Lord the saints set up their banners, and in his name they come forth and fight with their spiritual enemies, that rise up against them, as sin, Satan, and wicked men; and in the name, and through the power of the Lord, they tread them down as mire in the streets; and before long Satan will be wholly bruised under them; and the antichristian party shall be trodden down by them, and be as ashes under the soles of their feet; see ( Romans 16:20 ) ( Malachi 4:3 ) .

Psalms 44:5 In-Context

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.
6 For not in my bow do I trust, nor can my sword save me.
7 But you have saved us from our foes and have put to shame those who hate us.

Cross References 2

  • 1. [Deuteronomy 33:17; Daniel 8:4]
  • 2. Psalms 60:12
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