Psalm 144 - God Is My Rock!
Updated: Aug 26, 2019
Praise be to the Lord my Rock, who trains my hands for war, my fingers for battle.
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.
Lord, what are human beings that you care for them, mere mortals that you think of them?
They are like a breath; their days are like a fleeting shadow.
Part your heavens, Lord, and come down; touch the mountains, so that they smoke.
Send forth lightning and scatter the enemy; shoot your arrows and rout them.
Reach down your hand from on high; deliver me and rescue me from the mighty waters, from the hands of foreigners
whose mouths are full of lies, whose right hands are deceitful.
I will sing a new song to you, my God; on the ten-stringed lyre I will make music to you,
to the One who gives victory to kings, who delivers his servant David. From the deadly sword
deliver me; rescue me from the hands of foreigners whose mouths are full of lies, whose right hands are deceitful.
Then our sons in their youth will be like well-nurtured plants, and our daughters will be like pillars carved to adorn a palace.
Our barns will be filled with every kind of provision. Our sheep will increase by thousands, by tens of thousands in our fields;
our oxen will draw heavy loads. There will be no breaching of walls, no going into captivity, no cry of distress in our streets.
Blessed is the people of whom this is true; blessed is the people whose God is the Lord.
Who is the master of our trade? Whom do we rely on for our training? Has our training been completed? At our workplace, where we use our skill and knowledge, God continues to be our foundation. David may have spent many hours learning to fight from a sword master or trained with fellow warriors, but he consciously knew that it was God “who trains my hands for war, my fingers for battle”. David allowed God to be his trainer. Just like how we may engage professional trainers in gym, music or martial arts, we need to engage God actively. How often we engage God in our training affects the spirituality in the work we do. God expects our daily devotion to achieve the purpose we are made to accomplish, for His glory.
God, our trainer is also our “loving God”, “fortress”, “stronghold”, “deliverer” and “shield”. That’s many descriptions of protection in just one verse. God is not just a trainer who demands devotion and high standards in training; He loves, and protects us. After my dad passed on, I look towards God more than ever. My dad had been my stronghold and a deliverer, my shield. As parents, we should provide training for our children that is inspired and covered with love. We are their fortress and stronghold when they face setbacks.
We are really nothing. We are “mere mortals”, “like a breath”, and our lives are “like a fleeting shadow”. Yet God cares for us and thinks of us? David posed that question because that is quite unfathomable. God loves us not because we are special, but because He is.
May God “scatter our enemies” and deliver us “from the hands of foreigners”. Who are our enemies today? More than just traitorous friends or backstabbing colleagues, our biggest enemies are our faithlessness and unbelief. Our faithlessness is “full of lies” and “deceitful”; it causes us to doubt God and draws us away from Him. We need to pray for God to come down and touch everyone of us, so we can receive our sight, and trust in His words.
When our children gain wisdom, understanding their own limitations and trust in God’s almighty strength, they will be like “well-nurtured plants” and “pillars carved to adorn a palace”. They will be able to provide fruits and be a support to one another. If we want our sons and daughters to be reliable and well behaved, responsible at home and a contribution to society, we need to educate them on the ways of God.
We will be abundantly blessed. David had a very good understanding of God’s heart. I pray that I will have the same understanding that David had.
Andy is the head of compliance for an international bank and is happily married, with three daughters. He became a disciple of Christ three decades ago, and studies God's Word passionately. He desires to be constantly led by the Spirit.