April 21, Reading 2 – Psalm 144, 145

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SAA Notes

David the soldier gave God praise for his God-given skill in battle. (Psalm 144) David takes the pictures of this psalm from the Exodus and from the book of Proverbs (our barns filled). Psalm 145:4 is one verse that speaks to the Great Commission generation to generation. The Great Commission is for parents and grandparents!

SJA Notes

“Blessed be the LORD, my rock, who trains my hands for war, and my fingers for battle;”

Psalm 144 is a song of prayer and thanks in the context of battle.

David was a warrior king and prophet (and a poet).

He bled the nations with his own sword and the warriors he had gathered around him. The armies of Israel were at their most feared with David at their head – Conquering giants, rescuing the weak, driving back the enemies of God’s people.

So what is this psalm for us?

We know that Jesus turned human thinking on its head.

We know that Israel hoped for a Messiah like David who would come and bring earthly martial judgement and victory over enemies such as Rome.

But Jesus (Messiah) did not do this.

Instead He revealed a far deeper and better strategy.

His life for ours to win a greater and deadlier war – The battle for our souls.

In 2 Corinthians 10 we read,

“For though we walk in the flesh, we are not waging war according to the flesh. For the weapons of our warfare are not of the flesh but have divine power to destroy strongholds.”

So it is clear – We are in a spiritual battle.

What do we do with this then? How can we go about this war?

In Ephesians 6 Paul tells us,

“Therefore take up the whole armor of God, that you may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand firm.”

So we are to stand firm. And we do this in the armor God has given to us. The belt of TRUTH, the breastplate of RIGHTEOUSNESS, the shoes of READINESS, the shield of FATIH, the helmet of SALVATION, and … The only weapon we have, the only weapon that matters – The sword of the Spirit, GOD’S WORD.

* Father God,

Thanks and praise to You today that through Jesus we can put on the whole armor You have given to us!

Please Lord continue to equip us that we might stand, and having done all, to stand firm.

Not in our own strength, but founded in You, with Your strength coursing through us.

Amen.

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