Read Psalm 144
The psalm we are looking at today and tomorrow is erupting with praise. The psalmist waits no time getting to the praise of His God, so we won’t either.
Read Psalm 144 aloud if your environment allows. What major themes do you notice?
Read Psalm 144:1-2 again. How do these verses relate to Psalm 143 and David’s request for deliverance?
David leads off this song by praising God for being his rock. We’ve seen this language before in his songs – God is David’s fortress, the stronghold to which he can run, the firm foundation of his life. God is a rock for him that rises above his enemies and life circumstances. God is unshakable, unmovable, and unchanging.
And yet David’s following praise might not be what we expect. David praises God – not for deliverance or displaying mercy – but because God has trained his hands for war. God has, apparently, not taken David out of his circumstances, but has bolstered him within them. God has called David to the hard work of perseverance, even as David puts his ultimate trust in God.
In what ways do you ask God for deliverance when He might be calling you to perseverance?
David’s praise is ours as well. When God calls us to persevere, we can glory in God’s steadfast, unchanging, never-ending love. We revel in the reality of His fortifying presence, the stronghold of His character, and the firmness of His eternal grip on us. He is the shield we need, even as we stand firm in battle. Just like we saw in Psalm 143, God is the answer, even when He hasn’t pulled us out of the fight.
How can you, like David, trust that God is the only answer to your needs, even when He has not changed your circumstances?
In what ways might God be calling you to grow in asking for His presence in the midst of life’s battles, rather than asking Him to remove you from the battle?
On the heels of his need, David proclaims his answer: God. God’s presence is all he needs! But there remains a problem: David isn’t exactly worthy of God’s presence.
Read Psalm 144:3-4. What is David saying? What is he not saying?
David knows that he is unworthy of God’s divine attention. Rhetorically he asks God, “Why do you even think about me? How did I ever grab your attention? I fade away so quickly in this life, like a shadow I’m here and then gone!” David knows that he has not appealed to heaven on his own merits to get the attention of the divine, but God has condescended to him. And the thought is just so marvelous …
Read Psalm 144:5-11. What is David asking?
David’s response to knowing his own unworthy frame is unexpected. After recognizing how unworthy he is of God’s attention, he asks God: Come down! Come to this earth! Meet with me here and save me!
How can David have the confidence to make such a request, particularly with his own unworthiness in mind?
David knows a truth that you and I will do well to understand also: we do not deserve God’s attention, but in His endless generosity and mercy, He has fixed His gaze on us. His love is so limitless, His affection so lavish, that we, like David, can ask God to come near to us just as we are. Unworthy as we might be, God has moved toward us in salvation, and we have the joy and privilege of responding: come!
Pray & Reflect:
Supplication: Confess to God that you are created and intrinsically unworthy of His divine attention.
Submission: Praise God that He has drawn near to you in salvation! Praise Him that He has met you in your need, unworthy as you are. Praise Him for His mercy and love and affection, and ask Him to meet you in your current situation. Ask God, come!