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Frameworks: Psalm 144: Prayer for deliverance from foreign enemies


Of David.


[Preliminary Comments: A further psalm of David that is a prayer for deliverance from enemies – this time not domestic enemies but foreign ones [see v.7,11].

Part 1: He praises God for who He has made him to be [v.1] and that He has become his security [v.2] and he marvels over this as he reflects on the almost insignificance of human beings [v.3,4].

Part 2: But he has a need and so he prays for the Lord to come down in power to deliver him [v.5-8] but at the same time is aware of a song of praise and confidence rising in him [v.9,10]. A second time he prays for deliverance from foreign enemies [v.11] knowing that such a deliverance will also bring security to their families [v.12] and then blessing on the nation [v.13,14], blessing which all those who trust in the Lord will know [v.15]. Prayers for deliverance from foreign enemies, in order to bring peace, stability and blessing to the nation.]



PART ONE: v.1-4: Rejoicing in the goodness of the Lord


v.1 David acknowledges that the Lord leads him as a warrior


v.1  Praise be to the Lord my Rock,
    who trains my hands for war,
    my fingers for battle.

v.2 He acclaims the Lord as his security


v.2  He is my loving God and my fortress,
    my stronghold and my deliverer,
my shield, in whom I take refuge,
    who subdues peoples under me.


v.3,4 He marvels at this for humans are so frail and insignificant


v.3   Lord, what are human beings that you care for them,
    mere mortals that you think of them?
v.4  They are like a breath;
    their days are like a fleeting shadow.



PART TWO: v.5-15: Praying for deliverance from foreign enemies


v.5-8 He calls for the Lord to come down in power to rescue him from enemies


v.5  Part your heavens, Lord, and come down;
    touch the mountains, so that they smoke.
v.6  Send forth lightning and scatter the enemy;
    shoot your arrows and rout them.
v.7  Reach down your hand from on high;
    deliver me and rescue me
from the mighty waters,
    from the hands of foreigners
v.8  whose mouths are full of lies,
    whose right hands are deceitful.


v.9,10 His confidence in the Lord brings a song to his heart


v.9  I will sing a new song to you, my God;
    on the ten-stringed lyre I will make music to you,
v.10  to the One who gives victory to kings,
    who delivers his servant David.


v.11 Again he prays for deliverance from enemies….


From the deadly sword

v.11  deliver me;
    rescue me from the hands of foreigners
whose mouths are full of lies,
    whose right hands are deceitful.


v.12 …knowing this will also bring blessing on his family


v.12  Then our sons in their youth
    will be like well-nurtured plants,
and our daughters will be like pillars
    carved to adorn a palace.

v.13,14 He rejoices in the blessings that will follow


v.13   [i] Our barns will be filled
    with every kind of provision.
[ii] Our sheep will increase by thousands,
    by tens of thousands in our fields;
v.14   [iii] our oxen will draw heavy loads.
[iv] There will be no breaching of walls,
[v] no going into captivity,
[vi] no cry of distress in our streets.

v.15 He acclaims the blessings for the [faithful] people of God


v.15  Blessed is the people of whom this is true;
    blessed is the people whose God is the Lord.



[Additional Comments: Go back over the psalm and note David's confidence in the Lord, the problem he faces, and the blessings he anticipates will follow.]



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