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

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

David was a warrior king and prophet, and a poet too. He bled the nations with his own sword and the warriors he gathered. The armies of Israel were never as fearsome as they were with David at their head, conquering giants, driving back the enemies of God’s people.

Apart from some amazing language that is wonderful to pray (v5-6) and dwell on, apart from much other wisdom – There is this.

While it may seem strange to think about actual battle for those of us who have never been in the armed forces – That’s not what this Psalm is about for us in Jesus.

We know that Jesus turned things on their head.

We know that Israel hoped for a Messiah who would come and bring temporal earthly martial force and judgement on the peoples such as Rome.

But He didn’t. Instead He revealed a far deeper and better strategy. His life in the place for ours to win a greater and deadlier war – The battle for our souls.

In 2 Corinthians 10 Paul says, “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.”

There you go! In Christ God’s people are not in a battle of the flesh, for earthly kingdoms and nations.

Paul goes on, “We destroy arguments and every lofty opinion raised against the knowledge of God, and take every thought captive to obey Christ, being ready to punish every disobedience, when your obedience is complete.”

Wow, okay. There’s a lot in there, but just now we see that JESUS is the crux, the catalyst, the author of change. We are in a battle against the enemies of God, opinions and thoughts. So the charge from Paul is to take EVERY THOUGHT captive to OBEY Christ.

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

Paul tells us in Ephesians 6, that wonderful passage, “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.”

It’s the armor of God that makes it possible! The belt of TRUTH, the breastplate of RIGHTEOUSNESS, the shoes of READINESS, the shield of FAITH, the helmet of SALVATION and the only weapon we have, the only weapon (so very important) – the sword of THE SPIRIT, GOD’S WORD.

There’s so much in this psalm! So much in God’s word, in little and big ways, threads converging and melding together, woven by the Master Weaver.

Praise God that through Jesus we can put on the armor of God!

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