Psalms 44:4

4 You are my King and my God, who decrees[a] victories for Jacob.

Psalms 44:4 in Other Translations

KJV
4 Thou art my King, O God: command deliverances for Jacob.
ESV
4 You are my King, O God; ordain salvation for Jacob!
NLT
4 You are my King and my God. You command victories for Israel.
MSG
4 You're my King, O God - command victories for Jacob!
CSB
4 You are my King, my God, who ordains victories for Jacob.

Psalms 44:4 Meaning and Commentary

Psalms 44:4

Thou art my King, O God
Besides the favours God had done for his people in time past, the church takes notice of her interest in God as her King, who was able to protect and defend her, and to deliver her out of all her distresses, in order the more to strengthen her faith and hope in him; and, claiming her interest in him, she draws nigh to him with an holy boldness, and desires him as a King, that by a word of his (for where the word of a king is, there is power) he would

command deliverances for Jacob;
not literally, but mystically understood; the spiritual Jacob, and people of God; all Israelites indeed, in whom there is no guile; meaning herself and members: the blessing desired is "deliverances", or "salvations"; so called, because the, deliverance or salvation the Lord commands grants, and works out for his people, is of different kinds, both spiritual and, temporal, and is a deliverance from various things; from sin, Satan, the present evil world, wrath to come, and all enemies; and out of various temptations and afflictions, and which follow successively one upon another; and at last it is complete and perfect.

Psalms 44:4 In-Context

2 With your hand you drove out the nations and planted our ancestors; you crushed the peoples and made our ancestors flourish.
3 It was not by their sword that they won the land, nor did their arm bring them victory; it was your right hand, your arm, and the light of your face, for you loved them.
4 You are my King and my God, who decrees victories for Jacob.
5 Through you we push back our enemies; through your name we trample our foes.
6 I put no trust in my bow, my sword does not bring me victory;

Cross References 3

  • 1. S Psalms 24:7; Psalms 74:12
  • 2. Psalms 5:2
  • 3. S Psalms 21:5

Footnotes 1

  • [a]. Septuagint, Aquila and Syriac; Hebrew "King, O God;" / "command"