Psalm 143 & 144: The Fortress of God
Verse of the Day: (144:2) 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. The Faithfulness Of God (143:1-12)
Hear my prayer, O LORD, give ear to my supplications: in thy faithfulness answer me, and in thy righteousness. (143:1)
David remembered God’s faithfulness, righteousness and lovingkindness, as he prayed and pleaded to Him to save and deliver him out of all his troubles and persecutions from his enemies, and even his own people. Many times, David would have died in the hands of his enemies, if not for God, who faithfully and lovingly saved and delivered him out of these near deaths. David trusted God as he humbly prayed for His wisdom and instruction in leading his flock of sheep before he eventually led God’s people, the nation of Israel. Indeed, let us trust and obey God, as He is faithful, and He truly knows how much we can take His tests of our faith as He stretches it to the fullest, so that we shall be like shining pure gold bringing glory, praise and honour to His mighty name. (1 Corinthians 10:12-13)
2. The Finger Of God (144:1)
Blessed be the LORD my strength, which teacheth my hands to war, and my fingers to fight: (144:1)
David believed and trusted in God who strengthened and sustained his hands and fingers as he used his sling and sword to completely overcome and subdue all his enemies, including Goliath, the giant Philistines champion warrior, the great enemy of Israel. (1 Samuel 17) Indeed, the finger of God shall truly protect and preserve us from all troubles and tribulations, including the devil’s deceitful and deadly temptations. (Luke 11:14-26)
3. The Fortress Of God (144:2-15)
Happy is that people, that is in such as case: yea, happy is that people, whose God is the LORD. (144:15)
King David of Israel closed the last chapter of his life by singing a song of thanksgiving dedicating it to his true God of Israel, his Fortress, Goodness, High Tower, Deliverer and Shield. David kept praising and thanking God for being with him since the day he was an insignificant shepherd boy to the momentous day when he became the famous and renowned King of Israel, the most powerful nation of the world at that time. The happiest and most blessed moment of his life was the fact that the Anointed, the Messiah, the Lord Jesus Christ, the Son of God, shall come forth from his lineage. Indeed, when we believe and trust in the God of Israel, we shall be happy and blessed, as He shall be our Fortress, Goodness, High Tower, Deliverer and Shield protecting, preserving and providing for us not only during our lifetime on earth, but for all eternity in glorious heaven. (2 Samuel 22)
Prayer of the Day:
Dearest God, thank You that You are my Fortress amid the devil’s fiery temptations.