Psalms 144

Prayer for Rescue and Prosperity.

1 Blessed be the LORD, 1my rock, Who 2trains my hands for war, And my fingers for battle;
2 My lovingkindness and 3my fortress, My 4stronghold and my deliverer, My 5shield and He in whom I take refuge, Who 6subdues my people under me.
3 O LORD, 7what is man, that You take knowledge of him? Or the son of man, that You think of him?
4 8Man is like a mere breath; His 9days are like a passing shadow.
5 10Bow Your heavens, O LORD, and 11come down; 12Touch the mountains, that they may smoke.
6 Flash forth 13lightning and scatter them; Send out Your 14arrows and confuse them.
7 Stretch forth Your hand 15from on high; Rescue me and 16deliver me out of great waters, Out of the hand of 17aliens *
8 Whose mouths 18speak deceit, And whose 19right hand is a right hand of falsehood.
9 I will sing a 20new song to You, O God; Upon a 21harp of ten strings I will sing praises to You,
10 Who 22gives salvation to kings, Who 23rescues David His servant from the evil sword.
11 Rescue me and deliver me out of the hand of 24aliens *, Whose mouth 25speaks deceit And whose 26right hand is a right hand of falsehood.
12 Let our sons in their youth be as 27grown-up plants, And our daughters as 28corner pillars fashioned as for a palace;
13 Let our 29garners be full, furnishing every kind of produce, And our flocks bring forth thousands and ten thousands in our fields;
14 Let our 30cattle bear Without 31mishap and without 32loss, Let there be no 33outcry in our streets!
15 How blessed are the people who are so situated; How 34blessed are the people whose God is the LORD!

Psalms 144 Commentary

Chapter 144

David acknowledges the great goodness of God, and prays for help. (1-8) He prays for the prosperity of his kingdom. (9-15)

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.

Cross References 34

  • 1. Psalms 18:2
  • 2. 2 Samuel 22:35; Psalms 18:34
  • 3. Psalms 18:2; Psalms 91:2
  • 4. Psalms 59:9
  • 5. Psalms 3:3; Psalms 28:7; Psalms 84:9
  • 6. Psalms 18:39
  • 7. Job 7:17; Psalms 8:4; Hebrews 2:6
  • 8. Psalms 39:11
  • 9. Job 8:9; Job 14:2; Psalms 102:11; Psalms 109:23
  • 10. Psalms 18:9
  • 11. Isaiah 64:1
  • 12. Psalms 104:32
  • 13. Psalms 18:14
  • 14. Psalms 7:13; Psalms 58:7; Habakkuk 3:11; Zechariah 9:14
  • 15. Psalms 18:16
  • 16. Psalms 69:1, 14
  • 17. Psalms 18:44; Psalms 54:3
  • 18. Psalms 12:2; Psalms 41:6
  • 19. Genesis 14:22; Deuteronomy 32:40; Psalms 106:26; Isaiah 44:20
  • 20. Psalms 33:3; Psalms 40:3
  • 21. Psalms 33:2
  • 22. Psalms 18:50
  • 23. 2 Samuel 18:7; Psalms 140:7
  • 24. Psalms 18:44; Psalms 54:3
  • 25. Psalms 12:2; Psalms 41:6
  • 26. Genesis 14:22; Deuteronomy 32:40; Psalms 106:26; Isaiah 44:20
  • 27. Psalms 92:12-14; Psalms 128:3
  • 28. Song of Songs 4:4; Song of Songs 7:4
  • 29. Proverbs 3:9, 10
  • 30. Proverbs 14:4
  • 31. 2 Kings 25:10, 11
  • 32. Amos 5:3
  • 33. Isaiah 24:11; Jeremiah 14:2
  • 34. Psalms 33:12

Footnotes 6

Chapter Summary


\\<>\\. This psalm was written by David; not on account of the return of the Jews from the Babylonish captivity, by a spirit of prophecy, as Theodoret; but on his own account, after he was come to the throne, and was king over all Israel; and was delivered from the was between him and Israel, and from the war of the Philistines, as Kimchi observes, having gained two victories over them: or it was written between the two victories, and before he had conquered all his enemies; since he prays to be delivered from the hand of strange children, Ps 144:7,11. R. Obadiah thinks it was written on the account of his deliverance from Absalom and Sheba; but the former is best. Some copies of the Septuagint, and also the Vulgate Latin, Ethiopic, and Arabic versions, have in their titles these words, ``against Goliath;'' and so Apollinarius; as if it was written on account of his combat with him, and victory over him; but this clause is not in the Hebrew Bibles; nor could Theodoret find it in the Septuagint in the Hexapla in his time. The Syriac inscription is still more foreign to the purpose, ``a psalm of David, when he slew Asaph the brother of Goliath.'' R. Saadiah Gaon interprets this psalm of the times of the Messiah; and there are several things in it which are applicable to him.

Psalms 144 Commentaries

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