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!

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