The reading for today is Psalm 144.
1 Blessed be the Lord, my rock, who trains my hands for war, and my fingers for battle; 2 my rock and my fortress, my stronghold and my deliverer, my shield, in whom I take refuge, who subdues the peoples under me. 3 O Lord, what are human beings that you regard them, or mortals that you think of them? 4 They are like a breath; their days are like a passing shadow. 5 Bow your heavens, O Lord, and come down; touch the mountains so that they smoke. 6 Make the lightning flash and scatter them; send out your arrows and rout them. 7 Stretch out your hand from on high; set me free and rescue me from the mighty waters, from the hand of aliens, 8 whose mouths speak lies, and whose right hands are false. 9 I will sing a new song to you, O God; upon a ten-stringed harp I will play to you, 10 the one who gives victory to kings, who rescues his servant David. 11 Rescue me from the cruel sword, and deliver me from the hand of aliens, whose mouths speak lies, and whose right hand are false. 12 May our sons in their youth be like plants full grown, our daughters like corner pillars, cut for the building of a palace. 13 May our barns be filled, with produce of every kind; may our sheep increase by thousands, by tens of thousands in our fields, 14 and may our cattle be heavy with young. May there be no breach in the walls, no exile, and no cry of distress in our streets. 15 Happy are the people to whom such blessings fall; happy are the people whose God is the Lord.
This is a very interesting Psalm in that it covers nearly everything. It starts by praising the Lord for his strengthening power for waging a war, then acknowledges human weakness. The Psalmist continues by asking for victory with the Lord interceding to rescue him from who those who lie and do false deeds. Then the Psalmist continues to turn to God for rescue and offers praise for a victory again talking about deliverance from an enemy. The ending verses ask for blessings for the family with strong sons and daughters, having material wealth abundant with livestock and food, and the ultimate happiness in the last verse of happiness in blessings falling to people whose God is the Lord.
Asking for deliverance, intercession, praise, blessings, and adoration for the Lord God are all contained in this psalm. Things certainly haven’t changed much through the centuries. We still seek God at different times in our lives. We seek and receive different things to meet our needs and wants. Sometimes we just need to catch our breath and know that God is in charge. He will be with us always in good times and in challenging times directly us through His word. We lift our humble prayers to God who is the Lord.
Let us pray-Dear Lord, watch over us in all we do each day of our lives. Guide our steps to always serve you and find true happiness in your service. Amen.
Prayer Concern: Please pray for and communicate with others who may experience much loneliness as the weather gets colder and they are unable to be outside to social distance from others.