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Dave Burnette's Commentary

Psalm Chapter 44

Written By: God through Inspiration
Penned By: David, Asaph, Solomon, Heman, Ethan, Moses, and the Sons of Korah
Date Penned: (1440-586 BC)
Overview: Poetry for the Expression of Praise and Worship to God (c 1-150)
Theme: The Second Book of Psalms (c 42-72)
Message: A Plea for Victory (v 1-26)

Psalms 44 Commentary

(44:16) A Song Before the Lord -This psalm may have been sung at an occasion such as the one described in 2 Chronicles 20:18-19, where the faithful Jehoshaphat was surrounded by enemies and the Levites sang to the Lord before the battle. 

(44:1-3) Past Victories - "Thou didst drive out the heathen" refers to the conquest of Canaan (the Promised Land) described in the book of Joshua. God gave the land to the people of Israel they were supposed to enter and drive out anyone who was wicked and opposed to God. Israel was told to settle in the land and be a witness to the world of God's power and love. Surrounded by enemies, the psalm writer remembered what God had done for his people and took heart. We can have this same confidence in God when we feel attacked 

(44:6-7) Bow and Sword - The bow and sword were weapons individuals relied upon for protection and defense. What do you rely on -career, education, portfolio, family? All these are useful, but none of them should be the foundation for our confidence. In whom or in what do you trust? Only God is trustworthy. He will never let you down. 

(44:9-22) Suffering for Christ - The people of Israel had been defeated despite their faith (44:17) and obedience (44:18) to God. The psalm writer could not understand why God had allowed this to happen, so he searched for an answer (44:17-22). He felt that his suffering was undeserved, and then he discovered that he was suffering because he was serving God. Paul quoted the psalm writer's complaint to show that we must always be ready to face death for the cause of Christ. Thus, our suffering may not be a punishment but a trial that proves and reveals our loyalty. 

(44:22-26) God's Love - The psalm writer cried out to God to redeem his people because of his mercies. Nothing can separate us from God's love, not even death (Romans 8:36-39). When you fear for your life, ask God for deliverance, and remember that even death cannot separate you from him. 

(44:23-25) God's Will - The psalm writer's words suggest that he did not believe God had left him. God was still in control, but he seemed to be asleep, and the writer wondered why. In the New Testament, the disciples wondered why Jesus was asleep when they needed his help during a storm (Mark 4:35-41). In both cases, of course, God was ready to help, but he wanted first to build faith in his followers.

Dave Burnette's Life Application

Remember the Past

Each day, we walk through the Bible chapter by chapter, making an application of our text to help us grow in the Lord. Many applications can be made from each day's text.  Today, we continue in the Book of Psalms with Chapter 44. In our text today, we see a theme of deliverance for those who are weary in the battle. We are reminded of how God has delivered us in the past as an encouragement to continue in the present. In making an application, we can know who God is. We have His Word, the Bible, to remind us of His Character and how God delivers His Children. We have our testimonies of deliverance so we can walk in His truth even when we are in the battle facing the enemy. How about you? Do you remember who God is when we face the enemy in the battle? Let us learn from our Psalm and text today to remember to have faith when we face the enemy because we know God will deliver us by His Word and our testimony. 


Psalm 44

Psalm 44

 1We have heard with our ears, O God, our fathers have told us, what work thou didst in their days, in the times of old.

 2How thou didst drive out the heathen with thy hand, and plantedst them; how thou didst afflict the people, and cast them out.

 3For they got not the land in possession by their own sword, neither did their own arm save them: but thy right hand, and thine arm, and the light of thy countenance, because thou hadst a favour unto them.

 4Thou art my King, O God: command deliverances for Jacob.

 5Through thee will we push down our enemies: through thy name will we tread them under that rise up against us.

 6For I will not trust in my bow, neither shall my sword save me.

 7But thou hast saved us from our enemies, and hast put them to shame that hated us.

 8In God we boast all the day long, and praise thy name for ever. Selah.

 9But thou hast cast off, and put us to shame; and goest not forth with our armies.

 10Thou makest us to turn back from the enemy: and they which hate us spoil for themselves.

 11Thou hast given us like sheep appointed for meat; and hast scattered us among the heathen.

 12Thou sellest thy people for nought, and dost not increase thy wealth by their price.

 13Thou makest us a reproach to our neighbours, a scorn and a derision to them that are round about us.

 14Thou makest us a byword among the heathen, a shaking of the head among the people.

 15My confusion is continually before me, and the shame of my face hath covered me,

 16For the voice of him that reproacheth and blasphemeth; by reason of the enemy and avenger.

 17All this is come upon us; yet have we not forgotten thee, neither have we dealt falsely in thy covenant.

 18Our heart is not turned back, neither have our steps declined from thy way;

 19Though thou hast sore broken us in the place of dragons, and covered us with the shadow of death.

 20If we have forgotten the name of our God, or stretched out our hands to a strange god;

 21Shall not God search this out? for he knoweth the secrets of the heart.

 22Yea, for thy sake are we killed all the day long; we are counted as sheep for the slaughter.

 23Awake, why sleepest thou, O Lord? arise, cast us not off for ever.

 24Wherefore hidest thou thy face, and forgettest our affliction and our oppression?

 25For our soul is bowed down to the dust: our belly cleaveth unto the earth.

 26Arise for our help, and redeem us for thy mercies' sake.