• Have you ever shouted out loud to him? Psalm 45 is a royal psalm celebrating the wedding of one of the Davidic kings. • Have you ever thought that? Using them led me back into praying. It is a clear and judicious explanation of the text, and cannot be dispensed with. God has always hitherto maintained the cause of his people, and given them victory over their enemies, unless they had fallen away from him (Psalms 44:1-8). these words to the king of Israel who at that very time is taking a bride. 2. Why do You hide Your face, and forget our affliction and our oppression? Your throne, O God, is forever and ever; a scepter of righteousness is the scepter of Your kingdom. i. [ b] 1 We have heard it with our ears, ( A) O God; our ancestors have told us. God has saved them from their foes (44:7) and tread down any of the enemies that had previously risen up (44:5). 44:17-26 In afflictions, we must not seek relief by any sinful compliance; but should continually meditate on the truth, purity, and knowledge of our heart-searching God. (Spurgeon, C. H. Lectures to my Students: Commenting and Commentaries)Rosscup adds: This is one of the more thorough older exegetical works on the Hebrew … Maybe we should become less British and do this more! Yea, for thy sake are we killed all the day long, etc. The Psalmist begins by recounting the history of God's faithfulness. He builds up to a real rant! Superman, ironically enough, has much in common with the king who is praised in Psalm 45. We all have been there! Everything the Psalmist recounts is true; we remember the history of the Children of Israel. It’s not just the faith of his elders. Wondered where God is and why certain things are happening? This is what true fellowship with God is! This psalm is full of emotion and passion, of hope and fear, and doubt, and longing, and confusion, anger, and even by the end desperation. v2 Your hand pushed out the people (that lived in the land) and put (our fathers) in. We are most inclined to forget God; to forget that everything we have and everything we are is from God. You sell Your people for next tonothing, And are not enriched by selling them. Surely, if they call upon him, and plead their cause before him, he will relent, and … I wasn’t particularly familiar with it so I sat with it for a while. Rachel Bray, Local Missional Leader at St Philip & St Paul with Wesley, Southport, responds to Psalm 44. Thou hast interposed in behalf of our nation in periods of danger and trial, and hast delivered us. Psalm 44 is the 44th psalm from the Book of Psalms, composed by sons of Korah and is classified in the series of lamentations of the people. We’re having to reflect on how we express being a faith community when we can’t meet as we did aren’t we? 44 We have heard with our ears, O God, (B)Our fathers have told us, The deeds You did in their days, In days of old: 2 (C)You drove out the [b]nations with Your hand, But them You planted; You afflicted the peoples, and cast them out. In verses 1-3 The Psalmist begins by remembering the history of his people – his cultural and faith heritage, stories passed on to him by his family and community about what amazing things God had done in the past. It is interesting to follow the progression of this Psalm. (They told us) what you did for them a long time ago. To own with thankfulness, to the glory of God, the great things God has done for their fathers (v. 1-8). In it the church is taught, I. 1 Whether Psalms 42 and 43 were originally one psalm that was divided into two (similar to Psalm 9-10), or whether Psalm 43 was composed as a later poem to augment or accompany Psalm 42 is not known. But, what happened after that; what are we most inclined to do? Psalm 44 - War-Weary - utterly exhausted and dejected by war especially after a prolonged conflict. (It is) for the music leader of the *sons of Korah. It is a psalm calculated for a day of fasting and humiliation upon occasion of some public calamity, either pressing or threatening. And that’s the case for Christians – for this church. The psalmist begins by acknowledging, “I address my verses to the king” (v 1). Psa 44:1-8 Some observe that most of the psalms that are entitled Maschil-psalms of instruction, are sorrowful psalms; for afflictions give instructions, and sorrow of spirit opens the ear to them. Soon you will fellowship with God on a level you have rarely experienced before. In Psalm 45:6 He Himself is addressed as God; now in Psalm 45:7 the King is described as relating to God, from Whom He has received an anointing. You love righteousness and hate wickedness; therefore God, Your God, has anointed You with the oil of gladness more than Your companions. How thou didst drive out the heathen with thy hand, and plantedst them; how thou didst afflict the … You make us a reproach to our neighbors, A scorn and a derision to those all around us. 1 For the leader. Try following this acronym in your own personal praying. because thou [ hadst a favour/were partial] unto them. • How do you feel about that? Try this: take 15 minutes out of your day just to contemplate God and to praise Him for everything He has done for you and for the world around you. More Devotions on the 44th Psalm from my blog, Daily Bible Devotions, Psalm 44Psalms 1 - 40Psalms 41 - 84Psalms 85 - 118Psalm 119Psalms 120 - 150 Daily Bible Devotions Home, linda@devotional-reflections-from-the-Bible.com. Sign up to this course and you will receive weekly emails encouraging you in your reading. At the start of lockdown back in March, I found myself struggling to pray. Then the notes of complaint are heard Ps 44:9-16, the fidelity of the people to their God is aroused, Ps 44:17-22, and the Lord is entreated to interpose, Ps 44:23-26. So, God performed these mighty deeds in ancient times for Israel – not because they were great – but because he favored them. We all have been there! We tend to rush right to the supplication. All Your garments are scented with myrrh and aloes and cassia, out of the ivory palaces, by which they have made You glad. 1. Like many psalms there is a rhythm and pattern to it. Like many psalms there is a rhythm and pattern to it. You make us turn back from the enemy, And those who hate us have taken spoil for themselves. The vast majority of commentators treat the two psalms as a unified composition. In verse 4, the psalmist urges the king to “ride out to victory, defending truth, humility, and justice.” The Psalmist begins by recounting the history of God's faithfulness. The tone changes dramatically from major to minor in verses 9-16, as the Psalmist laments what is going on around him. Psalm 44 includes the term “Maskil” in its superscription. You make us a byword among the nations, A shaking of the head amon… A maskil of the Korahites. 3 For (D)they did not gain possession of the land by their own sword, Psalm 44. Making The ‘cast’ Contributed by Thomas Swope on Oct 4, 2019. Sometimes knowing what that is can also help us in how we hear it. Rouse yourself! Verse 22. ", It is interesting to follow the progression of this Psalm. Why do you sleep? ( B) what you did in their days, in days long ago. Most Psalms end on an upbeat note but not this. We cry out to God for help, but it seems as though He is sleeping. A Bible Devotion from Psalm 44In God We Boast All Day Long, Awake! He shouts at God – Awake O Lord! Arise! Hearts sins and secret sins are known to God, and must be reckoned for. ACTS: Adoration, Confession, Thanksgiving, and Supplication. How reassuring. Psalm 44:23-26, NKJV What do you do when the bad days come? Of the Sons of Korah. We thought we were being faithful followers so why is this all happening? Psalm 44:3 "For they got not the land in possession by their own sword, neither did their own arm … In these 150 songs the Psalmist explores the whole range of human experience, with all its highs and lows, of human life lived in the presence of God, and sometimes the experience of the apparent absence of God too. This is a strange statement – this King is God, and yet receives from God. But You have cast usoff and put us to shame, And You do not go out with our armies. (This is) a *maskil. Due to all the great deeds of the L… The Study Bookmark for Psalms 42-72 (Book II): [ view sample ] 1 per page [ pdf ] 4 per page [ pdf ] Introduction. | 464 views. I. I found myself turning to the Psalms. This psalm is full of emotion and passion, of hope and fear, and doubt, and longing, and confusion, anger, and even by the end desperation. This psalm is unusual in that it is addressed, not to God or to the people of Israel, but to the king on the occasion of his wedding (45:13-15). 2 O God, we have heard with our own ears; our ancestors have told us a. JOSEPH A ALEXANDER Psalms Commentary (1864) Spurgeon had high praise for Alexander's work writing that it "Occupies a first place among expositions. He’s really struggling with his feelings. Hats off to him (because it will almost certainly have been a him!) See Goldingay, Psalms 42-89 (Grand Rapids: Baker, 2007); Seybold, Die Psalmen (Tübigen: Mohr, … Passages like this are the foundation for the idea of the Trinity – that there is One God who exists in Three Persons. PSALM 44 * God’s Past Favor and Israel’s Present Need. for his ability to express how he was feeling, giving us this mirror into his soul. Why do You sleep, O Lord? He has known God act. Blessed is the man whom thou chastenest and teachest. • What examples would you give of God’s faithfulness in the past? Can you put it into words? Where is God he asks, why have things changed? He is depressed and anxious. And if today you are struggling to pray, my hope and prayer is that as you meditate on the Psalms you will find a way back into prayer through the words of the Psalmists. Psalms 44:6 - For I will not trust in my bow, Nor will my sword save me. From Ps 44:1-3, the Lord's mighty works for Israel are rehearsed, and in remembrance of them faith in the Lord is expressed Ps 44:4-8. Verse 11 tells us that the Jews have been defeated and scattered among the heathens, which can only be a reference to the Exile: 44:11:Thou hast given us like sheep appointed for meat; and hast scattered us among the heathen. Not only does the author remember what the Lord had done for his people in the distant past, he also remembers what God has done for the people lately. We live in an age that forgets God and honors and worships humanity! You broke (our enemies) but gave help to (our fathers). And they have given him no reason for his desertion of them (Psalms 44:17-22). He knows the secret of the heart, therefore judges of … There are Psalms which express what it’s like to be disciplined because of sin or doing things one’s own way, and there are Psalms which express what it’s … In other words, he is at the royal wedding, speaking (singing?) Arise for our help, and redeem us for Your mercies' sake. Yes, He is loving, kind, and merciful; but He is also a jealous God who commands honor, respect, and worship from His people. We look to God and say, "Hey, I never signed up for this. You have given us up like sheep intendedfor food, And have scattered us among the nations. In VV4-8 He moves from saying We to I. (Read Psalm 44:9-16) The believer must have times of temptation, affliction, and discouragement; the church must have seasons of persecution. Where are you God? This turns to confusion in verses 17-22 and he questions God about what is happening to his faith community – he doesn’t understand what or why these things are happening. Psalm 44 was written during the Babylonian Exile, at a time of despair for the Jews, but hope that God would rescue them. Psalm 44:23-26, NKJV, What do you do when the bad days come? We cry out to God for help, but it seems as though He is sleeping. Psalm 44:22 Parallel Verses [⇓ See commentary ⇓] Psalm 44:22, NIV: "Yet for your sake we face death all day long; we are considered as sheep to be slaughtered." There was and still is a lot of anxiety around. Sign up to Rule of Life for added functionality like bookmarking and marking resources as tried. Psalm 44. Watch a video of Rachel's reflection here. The deeds you did in their days, with your own hand in days of old: 3 You rooted out nations to … on StudyLight.org Sometimes knowing what that is can also help us in how we hear it. Psalm 44:1-3. Help us. For they did not gain possession of the land by their own sword, nor did their own arm save them; but it was Your right hand, Your arm, and the light of Your countenance, because You favored them. We have heard with our ears, O God, our fathers have told us, the deeds You did in their days, in days of old: You drove out the nations with Your hand, but them You planted; You afflicted the peoples, and cast them out. (Dictionary.com) There's a tension that hits all of us at times. Pray today that God will give you a spirit of adoration before Him throughout the entire day. Victory has become defeat, and his community has become scattered. In the Greek Septuagint version of the bible, and in its Latin translation in the Vulgate, this psalm is Psalm 43 in a slightly different numbering system. Faith is individual but it is very much communal too. A study in Psalm 44: … Psalm 44:22, KJV: "Yea, for thy sake are we killed all the day long; we are counted as sheep for the slaughter." You are MY King and MY God. 1 We have heard with our ears, O God, our fathers have told us, what work thou didst in their days, in the times of old. Over these last weeks and months, on numerous occasions, words from the Psalms have leapt out from the pages of the Bible as I connect with words and songs spoken and sung thousands of years ago – just as relevant to today as then. My lovely mum had recently died and as we entered lockdown, my husband & I decided we would need to live as 2 separate households in order to shield one of our sons with a serious underlying health condition. The only way we will prevail on a spiritual level is if God decides to favor us. He and his people did not rely on their own strength and prowess, but on that God who had often interposed to save the nation. Why not write your own Psalm today? A maskil. Now he has acted otherwise—he has allowed their enemies to triumph (Psalms 44:9-16). • It’s so good to know we are not alone in our questions isn’t it? A few weeks ago, I was preparing to lead Morning Prayer by Zoom for a group from my church and Psalm 44 was set for the day. Do not cast us off forever. For our soul is bowed down to the dust; our body clings to the ground. How thou didst drive out the heathen with thy hand, and plantedst them; how thou didst afflict the … What a lot of different things are going on for the Psalmist here. The Psalms are the hymnbook and the prayerbook of the Temple, and of the Church. Psalm 44:22, ESV: "Yet for your sake we are killed all the day long; we are regarded as sheep to be slaughtered." Leonard Schoener left, amongst other papers, the following admonition, to comfort all who were suffering for Christ's name: -- "We pray thee, … At such times the people of God will be ready to fear that he has cast them off, and that his name and truth will be dishonoured. This is stated as a reason for what is said by the psalmist in Psalm 44:6 - that he would not trust in his sword and in iris bow - and for the earnest appeal which he now makes to God. v1 God, we have heard it for ourselves. Join Archdeacon Simon in this year’s Summer Challenge reading the book of Psalms together. Then, pray to Him first of all in forgiveness, then thankfulness, and lastly bring your requests before Him. It’s personal too. Start with remembering God’s faithfulness in the past, what he means to you, and then pour out to him whatever is on your heart & don’t hold back, shout even if it helps – hopes, fears, confusion, faith, doubt, desperation & longings – whatever is going on for you, God is there wanting to listen to you as his precious child. Don't make that mistake; there is so much more to praying and fellowshipping with God. Psalm 44 has 5 sections. 2 How thou didst drive out the heathen with thy hand, and plantedst them; how thou didst afflict the people, and cast them out. Don't play around with God! What about you? So no neat ending...sometimes that’s exactly where we can feel in our conversation with God isn’t it? Our fathers told it to us. Watch a video of Rachel's reflection here. It was hard to find words to express how I was feeling. 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