Psalm 144 Bible Commentary

John Wesley’s Explanatory Notes

(Read all of Psalm 144)

Verse 2

[2] My goodness, and my fortress; my high tower, and my deliverer; my shield, and he in whom I trust; who subdueth my people under me.

Subdued — Who hath disposed my peoples hearts to receive and obey me as their king.

Verse 5

[5] Bow thy heavens, O LORD, and come down: touch the mountains, and they shall smoke.

Come — To help me.

Smoke — As Sinai did at thy glorious appearance, Exodus 19:18. This is a figurative and poetical description of God's coming to take vengeance upon his enemies.

Verse 7

[7] Send thine hand from above; rid me, and deliver me out of great waters, from the hand of strange children;

Strange children — Either of the Heathen nations: or of the rebellious Israelites.

Verse 8

[8] Whose mouth speaketh vanity, and their right hand is a right hand of falsehood.

Vanity — Vain brags and threatenings which shall come to nothing.

Falsehood — Deceiving themselves, by being unable to do what they designed; and others, by not giving them that help which they promised.

Verse 12

[12] 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:

That — This mercy I beg not only for my own sake, but for the sake of thy people, that they may enjoy those blessings which thou hast promised them; and particularly, that our sons, who are the strength and hopes of a nation, may be like plants, flourishing and growing in height and strength, as plants do in their youth; for when they grow old, they wither and decay.

Cornerstone — Strong and beautiful.

Verse 14

[14] That our oxen may be strong to labour; that there be no breaking in, nor going out; that there be no complaining in our streets.

Breaking in — Of enemies invading the land, or assaulting our cities, and making breaches in their walls.

Going out — Of our people, either out of the cities to fight with an invading enemy: or out of the land into captivity.