View Psalms 144 in the note window.
David blesses God for his mercies, ver. 1 - 4.
Prays against his enemies, ver. 5 - 8.
Promises to praise him, ver.9 - 11.
The happiness of those who serve God, ver. 12 - 15.
A psalm of David.
2: Subdued - Who hath disposed my peoples hearts to receive and obey
me as their king.
5: Come - To help me. Smoke - As Sinai did at thy glorious
appearance, (Ex 19:18). This is a figurative and poetical
description of God's coming to take vengeance upon his enemies.
7: Strange children - Either of the Heathen nations: or of the
8: Vanity - Vain brags and threatenings which shall come to nothing.
Falsehood - Deceiving themselves, by being unable to do what they designed;
and others, by not giving them that help which they promised.
12: That - This mercy I beg not only for my own sake, but for the
sake of thy people, that they may enjoy those blessings which thou hast
promised them; and particularly, that our sons, who are the strength and
hopes of a nation, may be like plants, flourishing and growing in height
and strength, as plants do in their youth; for when they grow old, they
wither and decay. Cornerstone - Strong and beautiful.
14: Breaking in - Of enemies invading the land, or assaulting our
cities, and making breaches in their walls. Going out - Of our people,
either out of the cities to fight with an invading enemy: or out of
the land into captivity.