Psalms for the Journey

Sometimes we have to wonder why the God of the Universe takes notice of each of us, one at a time. We are but a small speck in His created world, yet He knows the numbers of hairs on our head. All of his children have troubles and cry out to Him from time to time, almost daily. He hears us all. He understands where we are and works to take us farther and higher in our thinking. He chooses to bless us when we don’t deserve it. Why does God bother with us? Why does He care? He loves us and is living in us. He comforts when we are sad. He smiles when we smile over victories in this life’s journey. He loves having a true relationship with us where He gives and we trust. He is God and we are not.

David wrote this psalm to “bless the Lord” (vv. 1, 15) and honor Him for making him a successful warrior and king, and to pray for His continued blessing of his people. He was concerned about dangers around them (vv. 6-7, 11) and needs within the land (vv. 12-14). In writing this psalm, he used material from Psalm 18, his great song of victory when he became king, so perhaps 144 was written about that same time (1 Sam. 5, 8). During his years of exile, David had learned much about himself and about the Lord. In this psalm, he gave witness to Jehovah, the God of Israel, and reminded his people that their God was not like the gods of their neighbors. God is real. God does care. “How blessed the people who have all this!”

David inherited twelve tribes that did not always get along with each other, and during the years immediately following the death of King Saul, tribal rivalry and conflict created numerous problems. But God brought about political unity within the nation and gave David victory against the enemies outside the nation (18:47-48).

David’s position and reputation did not go to his head, for he asked, “Who am I that God should do this for me?” The statements in verses 3-4 remind us of 8:4, and this is a reminder that we need, especially when we think we can handle life without trusting God. We agree with David when he writes, “How blessed the people who have Yahweh for God!”

Psalm 144, The Message
A David Psalm

1-2 Blessed be God, my mountain,
who trains me to fight fair and well.
He’s the bedrock on which I stand,
the castle in which I live,
my rescuing knight,
The high crag where I run for dear life,
while he lays my enemies low.

3-4 I wonder why you care, God—
why do you bother with us at all?
All we are is a puff of air;
we’re like shadows in a campfire.

5-8 Step down out of heaven, God;
ignite volcanoes in the hearts of the mountains.
Hurl your lightnings in every direction;
shoot your arrows this way and that.
Reach all the way from sky to sea:
pull me out of the ocean of hate,
out of the grip of those barbarians
Who lie through their teeth,
who shake your hand
then knife you in the back.

9-10 O God, let me sing a new song to you,
let me play it on a twelve-string guitar—
A song to the God who saved the king,
the God who rescued David, his servant.
11 Rescue me from the enemy sword,
release me from the grip of those barbarians
Who lie through their teeth,
who shake your hand
then knife you in the back.


12-14 Make our sons in their prime
like sturdy oak trees,
Our daughters as shapely and bright
as fields of wildflowers.
Fill our barns with great harvest,
fill our fields with huge flocks;
Protect us from invasion and exile—
eliminate the crime in our streets.

15 How blessed the people who have all this!
How blessed the people who have God for God!

Dear Heavenly Father,
Thank you for caring for us, loving us they way you do. All my life is in Your hands. I trust in You alone. I pray for those in my family and in our circle of friends who think you are a bother to them. They are lost. I cry out for them to be found by You, to come back to You, to trust and follow you. Help us, Lord. Thank you, Lord.
In Jesus Name, Amen

About randscallawayffm

Randy and Susan co founded Finding Focus Ministries in 2006. Their goal as former full time pastors, is to serve and provide spiritual encouragement and focus to those on the "front lines" of ministry. Extensive experience being on both sides of ministry, paid and volunteer, on the mission fields of other countries as well as the United States, helps them bring a different perspective to those who need it most. Need a lift? Call us 260 229 2276.
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