The scripture for today is Psalm 144.
1 Praise be to the Lord my Rock, who trains my hands for war,
my fingers for battle.
2 He is my loving God and my fortress, my stronghold, and my deliverer,
my shield, in whom I take refuge, who subdues peoples under me.
3 Lord, what are human beings that you care for them,
mere mortals that you think of them?
4 They are like a breath; their days are like a fleeting shadow.
5 Part your heavens, Lord, and come down; touch the mountains, so that they smoke.
6 Send forth lightning and scatter the enemy; shoot your arrows and rout them.
7 Reach down your hand from on high; deliver me and rescue me
from the mighty waters, from the hands of foreigners
8 whose mouths are full of lies; whose right hands are deceitful.
9 I will sing a new song to you, my God; on the ten-stringed lyre I will make music to you,
10 to the One who gives victory to kings, who delivers his servant David.
From the deadly sword
11 deliver me; rescue me from the hands of foreigners whose mouths are full of lies, whose right hands are deceitful.
12 Then our sons in their youth will be like well-nurtured plants,
and our daughters will be like pillars carved to adorn a palace.
13 Our barns will be filled with every kind of provision.
Our sheep will increase by thousands, by tens of thousands in our fields;
14 our oxen will draw heavy loads. There will be no breaching of walls,
no going into captivity, no cry of distress in our streets.
15 Blessed is the people of whom this is true;
blessed is the people whose God is the Lord.
In verses 1 and 2, David acknowledges that the Lord is the source of his strength and protection. In verses 3 and 4, he expresses his humility. In verses 5 to 8, he comes to the first part of his petition for himself and for the people and it’s a prayer for the Lord to come to their aid, for the Lord to come to their rescue. In verses 9 to 11, David pledges to the Lord that he will worship and honor Him, that he will show devotion to Him, for the deliverance that He grants to His people. In verse 12, he prays for families to be fruitful, sons and daughters to be given to the people of God. Then, in verses 13 and 14, he prays for material blessings and prosperity — plenty of sheep and cattle. He is praying God’s blessing on the nation and on his people. And then finally in verse 15 there is an acknowledgement that the greatest blessing that a people, that a nation may have is that the Lord is their God.
It is thought that David wrote this Psalm at the celebration of his becoming King. As we are in the middle of this election season, I could only ask for our candidates to have this type of faith.
Dear Lord, we are so blessed to have you in our lives and nation. Help us to be as faith filled as David.
Donna DeMauro firstname.lastname@example.org
Prayer Concern: Our election.