144:1 «[A Psalm] of David.» Blessed [be] the LORD my strength, which a teacheth my hands to war, [and] my fingers to fight:
(a) Who out of a poor shepherd has made a valiant
warrior and mighty conqueror.
144:2 My goodness, and my fortress; my high tower,
and my deliverer; my shield, and [he] in whom I trust; who b
subdueth my people under me.
(b) He confesses that neither by his own
authority, power or policy was his kingdom quiet, but by the secret grace of
144:3 LORD, what [is] man, that thou c
takest knowledge of him! [or] the son of man, that thou makest account of him!
(c) To give to God just praise, is to confess
ourselves to be unworthy of so excellent benefits, and that he bestows them on
us of his free mercy.
Bow thy heavens, O LORD, and come down: touch the mountains, and they shall
(d) He desires God to continue his graces, and to
send help for the present need.
Cast forth lightning, and scatter them: shoot out thine arrows, and destroy
(e) By these manner of speeches he shows that all
the hindrances in the world cannot prevent God's power, which he apprehends
144:7 Send thine hand from above; rid me, and
deliver me out of great f waters, from
the hand of strange children;
(f) That is, deliver me from the tumults of they
who should be my people but are corrupt in their judgment and enterprises, as
though they were strangers.
144:8 Whose mouth speaketh vanity, and their right
hand [is] a right hand g of falsehood.
(g) For though they shake hands, they do not keep
144:9 I will sing a h
new song unto thee, O God: upon a psaltery [and] an instrument of ten strings
will I sing praises unto thee.
(h) That is, a rare and excellent song, as your
great benefits deserve.
144:10 [It is he] that giveth salvation unto
kings: who delivereth David his i
servant from the hurtful sword.
(i) Though wicked kings are called God's
servants, as was Cyrus in (Isaiah
45:1), for he uses them to execute his judgments: yet David because of
God's promise and they who rule godly are properly so called, because they
do not serve their own affections, but set forth God's glory.
That 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:
(k) He desires God to continue his benefits
toward his people, counting the procreation of children and their good
education among the chiefest of God's benefits.
144:13 [That] our l
garners [may be] full, affording all manner of store: [that] our sheep may bring
forth thousands and ten thousands in our streets:
(l) That the corners of our houses may be full of
store for the great abundance of your blessings.
144:14 [That] our m
oxen [may be] strong to labour; [that there be] no breaking in, nor going out;
that [there be] no complaining in our streets.
(m) He attributes not only the great
conveniences, but even the least also to God's favour.
144:15 Happy [is that] people, that is (n)
in such a case: [yea], happy [is that] people, whose God [is] the LORD.
(n) And if God does not give to all his children
all these blessings, yet he replaces them with better things.