¶ <<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.
| 1 -
From sur meaning "rock" or "something solid." Compare ps01802,31,46.
1 - Hands to war Recognition of a talent God had given. Compare ps01834.
2 - My high tower ... Shield See on 2sa2203.
| 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.
| David is not recommending
that we are of minimal value but the opposite. Our worthiness is like a
4 - Man ... vanity Compare Solomon's words in ec0102.
Bow thy heavens, O LORD, and come down: touch the mountains, and they shall
6 Cast forth lightning, and scatter them: shoot out thine arrows, and destroy them.
7 Send thine hand from above; rid me, and deliver me out of great waters, from the hand of strange children;
8 Whose mouth speaketh vanity, and their right hand is a right hand of falsehood.
|To be fulfilled at the end of the world when Christ returns re0614.|
| 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.
|9 - New song A transition to truth. See comments on the new song of re1403.|
| 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: 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 in our streets.
15 Happy is that people, that is in such a case: yea, happy is that people, whose God is the LORD.
- Strange children Or foreign adversaries.
12 - A verse for parents.
12 - Corner stones From zawiyyoth, a word occurring only here and in zc0915 where it means the horns of the altar. Admonition to prepare children to have beauty from within 1pe0303.
13 - Oxen ... strong Today we may be blessed by cars that keep running. God is eager to bless us mal0310.