A prayerful song of David, and David’s Lord anticipating the prosperity which Jehovah brings to His own 

David paints a picture in vv. 12-15, of a society that is ordered under God. Righteousness exalteth a nation, and that only happens when God is its Lord. Prosperity, both temporal and spiritual, is a blessed result of commitment to the true God. Multi-culturalism and humanism only produce dissension and dissatisfaction. On his ascension to the throne, David, who was taken from a pastoral occupation to be a military commander and king, attributed all his abilities to God’s tuition. Similarly, our spiritual warfare is conducted under God’s direction and His spiritual armour. Human nature is but dust, and yet the grace of God is able to recreate into vessels of honour. What is man indeed? Which thought the Hebrew letter applies to Christ (Heb.2:6). Salvation is given of God (v. 10), and is of the Lord, and can even be experienced by kings. Certainly it was true of the King of kings, when “He cried unto Him, He heard,” and knew deliverance (Ps.22:24). He could also declare, “The King in thy salvation how greatly shall He rejoice” (Ps.21:1).


Psalm 144

 1  O blessed ever be the Lord,
       who is my strength and might,
    Who doth instruct my hands to war,
       my fingers teach to fight.

 2  My goodness, fortress, my high tow'r,
       deliverer, and shield,
    In whom I trust: who under me
       my people makes to yield.

 3  Lord, what is man, that thou of him
       dost so much knowledge take?
    Or son of man, that thou of him
       so great account dost make?

 4  Man is like vanity; his days,
       as shadows, pass away.
 5  Lord, bow thy heav'ns, come down,
       touch thou the hills, and smoke shall they.

 6  Cast forth thy lightning, scatter them;
       thine arrows shoot, them rout.
 7  Thine hand send from above, me save;
       from great depths draw me out;

    And from the hand of children strange,
 8     Whose mouth speaks vanity;
    And their right hand is a right hand
       that works deceitfully.

 9  A new song I to thee will sing,
       Lord, on a psaltery;
    I on a ten-stringed instrument
       will praises sing to thee.

10  Ev'n he it is that unto kings
       salvation doth send;
    Who his own servant David doth
       from hurtful sword defend.

11  O free me from strange children's hand,
       whose mouth speaks vanity;
    And their right hand a right hand is
       that works deceitfully.

12  That, as the plants, our sons may be
       in youth grown up that are;
    Our daughters like to corner-stones,
       carved like a palace fair.

13  That to afford all kind of store
       our garners may be filled;
    That our sheep thousands, in our streets
       ten thousands they may yield.

14  That strong our oxen be for work,
       that no in-breaking be,
    Nor going out; and that our streets
       may from complaints be free.

15  Those people blessed are who be
       in such a case as this;
    Yea, blessed all those people are,
       whose God Jehovah is.


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