Psalms Chapter 44: Part 1 Verses 1-9 [Paise Him!]

Psalms Chapter 44 #Lament 

#Blesssed #Weak #Betrayed #Favored

(Unless otherwise cited this devotional is from the King James Version-Psalms 41 mainly because it is public domain.) But read this Psalm in the NIV for clarity of the Genre.)

Context

Psalm 44 has a two-part division.

  1. Part 1 encompasses verses 1 – 8: David Remembers God’s blessings and commemorates the victories God has won for His chosen people Israel.
  2. Part 2 demonstrates in verses 9-26 Israel’s current status as a “defeated nation.” The psalmist cries out to God-the Warrior King-to save Israel. 

This is another lament psalm; however, it is a little different in that it is more like a communal lament than anything else. The community accuses God of breaking His covenantal promise to take care of chosen people, even though they have been loyal to their Warrior King/God. Longman 2014, states “We do not know the historical event that inspired the original writing of the psalm since it was written in such a way that it could be used for later, similar occasions” (p. 201).

  • 1(To the chief Musician for the sons of Korah, Maschil.) We have heard with our ears, O God, our fathers have told us, what work thou didst in their days, in the times of old. Remembering what the saints of old have told us reminds us that God is our protector and provider. BUT!
  • How 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.

It is interesting how we love to remind God of what He promised to do for us isn’t it? As if He would ever forget. Just look at verses 1-3. They are reminding God of what he did for them before and after the “great Exodus” from Egypt. Even today, Israel still rehearses the tales of the providential hand of God in the history of the nation of Israel. (See Exodus 10-12 ESV). 

Have you ever sat in a room that is very cold? Your entire body is numb! Psychologists say that if you think about warm things you won’t be so cold! Well, that does not work for me, but it does work for many people 🙂 ! That is what Israel is doing.

They are talking about the visual imagery of Him positioning and establishing His children in the land. (See 2 Sam. 7:10; Isa. 5:1; Jer. 12:2 ESV). Cayce offers an explanation for this section of  verse 3, “but thy right hand, and thine arm, and the light of thy countenance, because thou hadst a favour unto them.” Cayce 2018, thinks that the “right hand” statement refers to power and might that is enveloped in the hand of God (Cayce 2018, Psalm 44).

  • 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 [the Targum says, “in the word of the Lord”] we boast all the day long, and praise thy name forever. Selah.

We remember when, because our forefathers wrote about it in the Torah and we remember the stories. They told us how you took care of your children. So, do it now God. When your grandchildren or children want to “butter” you up what do they do? What do they say? How do they say it?

“Mum, you know how much we love your buttery biscuits. We come home just to taste their deliciousness!” Translated, “Mum will you make us biscuits for breakfast?” You had no intention of making biscuits, but what do you do? You make them, right? Israel is acting like children.

  1. Do they really think that God needs them to remind Him that he is their “King?” 
  2. That He is powerful enough to “push down our enemies:  [or that]  through thy name will we tread them under that rise up against us. The entire ANE community knew that the God of Israel “saved [them] from [their] enemies, and hast put [their enemies] to shame”  

So, when the spiritual warfare battle fiercely rages on, remember Romans 16:20 (ESV) “The God of peace will soon crush Satan under your feet. The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with you.”  Know that “the God of hope [will] fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in him, so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit. Romans 15:13 NIV  

God broke every barrier and destroyed every chain of bondage for His children Israel. He will do the same thing for you. Are you experiencing the bondage of anxiety, depression, abandonment, aloneness, destitution, neglect? Let Him break those chains for you tonight. Just call out to Him, and He will be right there, breaking those chains for you. But, you have a job to do too! Let them go, and allow Him to set you, and keep you free!

https://youtu.be/EtyVdC7E6Wo

 

 

4 REASONS WHY BITING YOUR TONGUE CAN BE HEALTHY IN MARRIAGE By Drs. Les and Leslie Parrot

By Drs. Les and Leslie Parrot

In every healthy marriage, you’ll find that there are times when you need to bite your tongue. (The same is true for your spouse!) Maybe you and your spouse don’t agree on a topic you both hold close to your hearts. Perhaps you’re working through a difficult time and you’re both feeling stressed.

Maybe you’re angry, and you need to cool down before you open your mouth. Or perhaps you hold a strong opinion or expectation that your spouse doesn’t share. Whatever the case, there will come a time when you have to choose between speaking up, or keeping silent while things play out.

It can take a tremendous amount of discipline to remain silent when all you want to do is spew your feelings. But sometimes, keeping quiet for just a little while can make the difference between a major conflict, and a slight bump in the road.

How can biting your tongue benefit your marriage?

1. YOU BECOME A BETTER LISTENER

When you commit to practicing silence in your marriage, it gives you the chance to digest the things that your spouse is saying–especially during a conflict. Too often, we’re more concerned with what we’re going to say next rather than hearing our spouse out. This causes us not only to speak before we listen; it also causes us to speak before we think.

So many conflicts and fights are avoidable, except that, in the heat of the moment, spouses tend not to listen to one another. Practicing the art of biting your tongue gives you the chance to fully appreciate your spouse’s point of view. It also allows you to carefully form your opinions and stances based on a more complete knowledge of your spouse’s.

The skill of listening well will help you in more areas than just conflict resolution. It will help you retain the information that your spouse tells you–even everyday details like appointments, errands, and tasks that need to get done at home. This will lessens frustration and increases satisfaction across the board in your marriage.

2. YOU CULTIVATE EMPATHY

Listening well and understanding your spouse’s point of view cultivates a deep sense of empathy in you. We can overcome deep divides in our marriages through empathy. Even when two spouses disagree with one another completely and find themselves at an impasse, empathy allows them to see and understand each other’s point of view.

When you walk a mile in your spouse’s shoes, you’re less likely to be critical and demanding. You’re more likely to embrace your spouse’s differences because you understand your spouse on a deeper level. You’re more likely to be forgiving and to extend grace and patience to him or her. And deep understanding can become reciprocal over time. When your spouse accepts grace from you, they’re more likely to offer it in return.

3. YOU PRACTICE PATIENCE

Good listening begets patience. In fact, patience is a direct byproduct of being a better listener. And as you cultivate more patience with your spouse, you’ll find that it extends into every area of your life.

Patience is a crucial ingredient for a happy marriage and lifelong love. There is no end to its benefits, and it pays dividends when practiced generously. We all have shortcomings. And when we’re married to someone, their shortcomings are more obvious to us as time goes by. We can either choose to point these issues out to our spouse, nagging them and pushing them to make changes. Or we can choose to wait with patience while our spouse works through their issue. In some cases (though not all), waiting patiently is the best approach to exacting positive change.

Having abundance and generous patience with your spouse can mean the difference between regular, avoidable conflict and measurable, positive change. Patience will cultivate a sense of peace in your home, as well as preventing resentment and hostility from taking root.

4. YOU CREATE PEACE AND DIFFUSE HOSTILITY

There are times when being a peacemaker requires speaking up. In fact, sometimes, silence is not golden. But most of the time, biting your tongue creates peace.

Speaking to our spouse in anger generates resentment and hostility. When we bite our tongues, we keep ourselves from saying things that feed these hard feelings. A home full of nagging, arguing, and fighting is a stressful, unhappy place to live. But a marriage where the husband and wife speak kindly to one another and remain silent when they’re tempted to lash out is the home of lifelong love.

In the coming week, how will you practice mindful silence in your marriage? Is there a time when biting your tongue has served your marriage well? Leave us a comment below and tell us about it.

© You Are Not The Only One Ministries & Consulting Services Inc.,  All Rights Reserved.

Unless otherwise cited Written devotionals and posts on this page are the property of this ministry. You-Tube Videos are not the property of this ministry.

%d bloggers like this: