Daily Thought for: 10th March
Psalm 144. 1-15; Psalm 18. 2
The addition of Book 5, Pss. 107?150, to the Psalms after the Babylonian captivity raises questions. Why were some of Davids psalms, written centuries before, not included earlier? They were inspired, but were not added to the hymn book until Gods people returned to their land. Why did this psalm appeal to them then?
The key is in the last four verses. The first four verses of the psalm record Davids praise for his ascendancy. The Lord had given him victory over his enemies and united Israel under him. That kingdoms return was the theme of Zechariahs encouragement to the remnant. In the next four verses, we read Davids prayer for his victory. God, who manifested His transcendent majesty at Sinai, could overcome Davids Gentile enemies by Himself. How appealing this was to the remnant! The remaining verses show Davids perception for Israels prosperity. He desired this victory over the Gentiles because he envisioned this bringing abundant blessing to His people. These desirable conditions would surround a people whose God is the Lord. One day they will realize a united realm, a final victory over the Gentiles, and abundant blessings.
How important, then, is the truth at this psalms beginning! The first two verses have seven portraits of the Lord. He is my strength in the sense of enduring enablement, equipping him for war. My lovingkindness, RV, suggests loving loyalty to a lowly shepherd. Strategic security expresses the meaning of my fortress, a word related to Israels historic Masada. Those three relate to Davids exaltation, the last three to his preservation. My deliverer suggests effective escape out of danger. My Shield provides preclusive protection from danger. The one in whom I trust is a ready refuge while in danger. These titles summarize His preservation. Central among the seven is my high tower, his association. This High Tower was his restful retreat, set on high, in a height inaccessible to every foe, serene in His God. These portraits, this one above all, capture the Lords sufficiency for David, for the remnant, and for us.