Tehillim / Psalms 44, Part 2, For the Glory of God

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This week’s study is from Tehillim / Psalms 44:1-26, David says the Lord brings victories (44:4), He defeats the enemy (44:5), He puts the enemy to shame (44:7), David does not trust in his sword (44:6) but trusts in the Lord and gives Him thanks forever (44:8).  The Psalmist then states that the Lord has brought dishonor upon their army (44:10), He has caused them to be scattered and to turn back from their enemy (44:10), He has given them as sheep to be eaten (44:11), the people have been sold cheaply (44:12), He made them to be a reproach to the neighbors (44:13) and to become a byword among the nations (44:14).  David says יז  מִקּוֹל מְחָרֵף וּמְגַדֵּף מִפְּנֵי אוֹיֵב וּמִתְנַקֵּם: 44:16 Because of the voice of him who reproaches and reviles, Because of the presence of the enemy and the avenger. (NASB)  Who is he referring to?  He says even in the midst of all these things, they have not forgotten the Lord and have not dealt falsely with God’s covenant (44:17).  What does it mean to deal falsely with the covenant?  He continues saying they have not deviated from the way of God (44:18) and have not forgotten the name of their God (44:20).  The Lord knows the secret things of the heart (44:21).  David says they are killed all day long for the Lord’s sake (44:22).  Why is their dying all day long for the sake of God?  He asks the Lord if He is asleep, to raise up and help (44:23-25).  David concludes his Psalm saying כז   קוּמָה עֶזְרָתָה לָּנוּ וּפְדֵנוּ לְמַעַן חַסְדֶּךָ: asking the Lord to rise up, to help, and to redeem him for the sake of His grace (חַסְדֶּךָ). Read more here: Tehillim 44-Part1-and-2

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