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2018 September 26
Psalm 144

Snake Indians - Testing Bows (1858-1860)
Alfred Jacob Miller (1810-1874)
Romanticism Style
Walters Art Museum, Baltimore, Maryland, USA
Image Source: Wikimedia

     [ Illustration: Today's painting illustrates the warrior's art of archery. The LORD was David's teacher in the art of war. ]


[ I will again be working through the Scriptures from Genesis to Revelation. I will be adding links, resources, images, and the like, upgrading the former work-through which began with the 2013-10-12 posting which can be found, along with the full Genesis to Revelation postings, in the Archive Page. Postings will be at midnight Eastern Time, as I am able. However, no chapters will be skipped, even though a posting may be late. And all postings will be housed in the Archive Page. ]

     Explanation: In Psalm 144, David blesses the LORD for past deliverances and asks the LORD for new deliverances.
     David blesses the LORD for teaching him the art of war and acknowledges him as his fortress, his high tower, his shield, his trusted one, and the one who subdues people beneath him. He is humbled by this and asks what is man that God knows him or takes account of him; man is like vanity, and his life is like a shadow that passes away (1-4).
     He asks the LORD to bow the heavens and come down upon the mountains (as in Sinai) so that the mountains will smoke, lightning will flash, and his enemies will be destroyed. And he asks that God will save him by his hand out of great waters -- i.e., from the hand of strange children (the children or sons of foreigners) who speak vanity, whose life is a shadow (5-8).
     David tells the LORD that he will sing a new song to him with musical instruments because it is God who gives salvation to kings, and who delivered David from the sword (9-10).
     He therefore again asks God to deliver him from strange children, who speak vanity, and have right hands full of falsehood, so that his sons and the sons of his companions may be as grown plants, their daughters may be as polished corner stones, their garners may be full, their sheep may multiply and fill the streets, their oxen may be strong to labor, their animals may be safe (no breaking in or breaking out), and that there may be peace (no complaining -- literally screeching) in the streets. He notes that those who are in such a condition are happy, especially if God is their LORD (11-15).

     [ Sermons: Steven J Lawson. Various. ]

Bible Chronologies -- Genesis to Revelation

[Traditional Patriarchal Chronology. Judges Period Chronology 1. Judges Period Chronology 2. Kings of Judah and Israel #1. Kings of Judah and Israel #2].

[Post Exile Chronology 1. Post Exile Chronology 2. Post Exile Chronology 3.]

[Prophets Chronology 1. Prophets Chronology 2. Prophets Chronology 3. Prophets Chronology 4.]

[Intertestamental Period Chronology 1. Intertestamental Period Chronology 2. Intertestamental Period Chronology 3.
Intertestamental Period Chronology 4. Intertestamental Period Chronology 5.]

[New Testament Chronology 1. New Testament Chronology 2. New Testament Chronology 3. New Testament Chronology 4. New Testament Chronology 5.]


PLEASE NOTE: Use the resources on this and other sites thoughtfully, particularly the commentaries and encyclopedias. I have attempted to list conservative, scholarly resources. However, some providers use liberal or liberal-influenced commentaries such as the Cambridge Bible for Schools and Colleges (in Bible Hub). Such commentaries are undoubtedly included by the provider for the wealth of useful information and comments which they provide. By consulting several commentaries, it should be fairly easy to sort out the wheat from the chaff. If, however, you would like personal assistance, write to me at AD LIB ARTS EMAIL.

          [ THEMATICALLY AND CHRONOLOGICALLY RELATED SCRIPTURES: Psalm 144: KINGSHIP AND COVENANT PSALMS: Psalm 2. Psalm 18. Psalm 20. Psalm 21. Psalm 24. Psalm 29. Psalm 45. Psalm 47. Psalm 50. Psalm 72. Psalm 81. Psalm 89. Psalm 93. Psalm 95. Psalm 96. Psalm 97. Psalm 98. Psalm 99. Psalm 100. Psalm 101. Psalm 132. Psalm 144. ]
[1] Psalm 18:2; Psalm 18:46; Psalm 18:34.
[2] Psalm 59:10; Psalm 59:17; Psalm 18:2; Psalm 18:47; 2 Samuel 22:48.
[3] Psalm 8:4.
[4] Psalm 39:5-6; Psalm 102:11.
[5] Psalm 18:9; Psalm 18:13; Psalm 18:16-17; Psalm 18:43; Psalm 18:45; Psalm 104:32; Exodus 19:18.
[7] Psalm 22:13.
[8] Psalm 106:26.
[9]Psalm 33:2-3.
[10] Psalm 18:50.
[12] Genesis 11:7; Genesis 13:16; Genesis 30:18; Job 14:9; Isaiah 5:7; Psalm 1:3; Psalm 128:3; 2 Kings 10:6; Isaiah 1:2; Isaiah 23:4; Isaiah 44:14; Psalm 127:4; Zechariah 9:15; Isaiah 51:1; Proverbs 7:16; Song of Solomon 8:9; Ruth 3:11.
[13] Job 5:10.
[14] Jeremiah 13:21; 1 Kings 11:28; Ezra 6:3; Psalm 60:2; Jeremiah 14:2.
     -- From Ellicott's Commentary for English Readers ]

          [ CHRONOLOGY: GENERAL. Patriarchs (Traditional). Judges # 1. Judges # 2. Kings # 1. Kings # 2. Prophets # 1. Prophets # 2. NT # 1. NT # 2. NT # 3. ]

          [ MAPS: Maps # 1. Maps # 2. Maps # 3. Maps # 4. Maps # 5. ]

          [ COMMENTARIES, ETC: GENERAL: Bible Study Tools; Bible Hub: Study Light; Blue Letter Bible // PSALMS: Monergism: Precept Austin: The Treasury of David; John Gill; John Calvin - Volumes 1, 2, 3, 4, 5]

          [ MUSIC: GENERAL: The Cyber Hymnal // PSALMS: Psalm 144 - #1. Psalm 144 - #2. Psalm 144 - #3. Psalm 144 - #4. Psalm 144 - #5. Genevan Psalter (Instrumental). VARIOUS ARTISTS: Micha'el Ben David. Sons of Korah. Fernando Ortega. Janet Isaac Morrison. Music of the Bible Revealed - Suzanne Haik-Vantoura. Dr. David Erb. Gregorian Chants. ]


John Calvin - CCEL | Analytical Chart - BLB


Gospel Harmony - Summary | The Harmony of the Gospels - Augustine | Gospel Harmony Chart - Online Bible

Greek Harmony of the Gospels - Robertson - (Downloadable PDF) | Gospel Harmony in English - Robertson - (Downloadable PDF)


Hebrew and Greek Interlinear Download - Scripture 4 All

Bible Hub Interlinear Hebrew and Greek Bible

Bible Hub Hebrew Interlinear | Scripture 4 All Hebrew Interlinear

Mounce Interlinear | Bible Hub Greek Interlinear | Scripture 4 All Greek Interlinear Bible

Psalm Detailed Outline


Deliverance from Sinners and from Sin

Nearly all the Psalms (except Psalm 90) were written during the 612 year period
from the time of David around 1016 B. C. to the close of the Canon in about 404 B. C.
Psalm 90, according to its superscription, was written by Moses; this may have been around 1406 B. C.

PSALMS 107-150.
1016 - 404 B.C. Israel
God Praised & Thanked for His Goodness

Psalm 144
David prays to the LORD for deliverance from enemies & prosperity.

Map 1: Bible Nations | Map 2: Empire of David and Solomon Map 3: Kingdoms of Judah and Israel | Post Exile Chronology.

1 A Psalm of David. *

Blessed be the LORD my strength,
which teacheth my hands to war,
and my fingers to fight:
2 My goodness,
and my fortress;
my high tower,
and my deliverer;
my shield,
and he in whom I trust;
who subdueth my people under me.
3 LORD, what is man,
that thou takest knowledge of him!
or the son of man,
that thou makest account of him!
4 Man is like to vanity:
his days are as a shadow that passeth away.

9 I will sing a new song unto thee, O God:
upon a psaltery and an instrument of ten strings
will I sing praises unto thee.
10 It is he that giveth salvation unto kings:
who delivereth David his servant from the hurtful sword.

11 Rid me,
and deliver me
from the hand of strange children,
whose mouth speaketh vanity,
and their right hand is a right hand of falsehood:
12 That our sons may be as plants
grown up in their youth;
that our daughters may be as corner stones,
polished after the similitude of a palace:
13 That our garners may be full,
affording all manner of store [issuing from nourishment unto nourishment]:
that our sheep may bring forth thousands and ten thousands in our streets:
14 That our oxen may be strong to labour;
that there be no breaking in,
nor going out;
that there be no complaining [screeching] in our streets.
15 Happy is that people,
that is in such a case:
yea, happy is that people,
whose God is the LORD.

* NOTE: On Opening and Closing Comments in the Psalms.
[Some commentators take the Psalm in Habakkuk 3 to be a standard model for the Psalms.
Habakkuk's Psalm begins with the name of the composer (Habakkuk) and a musical notation ("upon Shigionoth").
It closes with a dedication or a "send to" notice ("To the chief singer on my stringed instruments").
I have arranged similar material, where it is found in the Psalter, in accord with the model in Habakkuk.]

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