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Matthew Henry's Commentary

Psalm Chapter 144

avid 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.


David Burnette's Life Application

Our Everlasting Joy


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 Psalm with Chapter 144. In our text today we see theme of rejoicing while we are in the care of the Lord. The Psalmist explains that if we are in good times or bad that we can rejoice knowing we are in the hand of God. In making application we see that our joy is in the Lord. In a world cursed with sin we will experience changing times and many us mistake the happiness of our circumstances with the joy of the Lord that is everlasting. How about you? Do you depend on your happiness of your circumstances verses the joy of the Lord? Let us learn from our Psalm and text today to remember that our joy is from the Lord, it never leaves us, it is our strength, it is not based on our circumstances, it is based on our position with the Lord, our joy will last for eternity. 

 

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Psalm 144

Psalm 144

 1Blessed be the LORD my strength which teacheth my hands to war, and my fingers to fight:

 2My goodness, and my fortress; my high tower, and my deliverer; my shield, and he in whom I trust; who subdueth my people under me.

 3LORD, what is man, that thou takest knowledge of him! or the son of man, that thou makest account of him!

 4Man is like to vanity: his days are as a shadow that passeth away.

 5Bow thy heavens, O LORD, and come down: touch the mountains, and they shall smoke.

 6Cast forth lightning, and scatter them: shoot out thine arrows, and destroy them.

 7Send thine hand from above; rid me, and deliver me out of great waters, from the hand of strange children;

 8Whose mouth speaketh vanity, and their right hand is a right hand of falsehood.

 9I will sing a new song unto thee, O God: upon a psaltery and an instrument of ten strings will I sing praises unto thee.

 10It is he that giveth salvation unto kings: who delivereth David his servant from the hurtful sword.

 11Rid me, and deliver me from the hand of strange children, whose mouth speaketh vanity, and their right hand is a right hand of falsehood:

 12That our sons may be as plants grown up in their youth; that our daughters may be as corner stones, polished after the similitude of a palace:

 13That our garners may be full, affording all manner of store: that our sheep may bring forth thousands and ten thousands in our streets:

 14That our oxen may be strong to labour; that there be no breaking in, nor going out; that there be no complaining in our streets.

 15Happy is that people, that is in such a case: yea, happy is that people, whose God is the LORD.