Psalm 144 has David praising God for His steadfast protection. “Blessed be the Lord, my rock, who trains my hands for war, and my fingers for battle; he is my steadfast love and my fortress, my stronghold and my deliverer, my shield and he in whom I take refuge, who subdues peoples under me”. He begins this passage by being grateful to the God who is our Rock and shield. God alone can protect and deliver us. We need to take refuge in Him and cling to His steady place in our life.
We’re reminded just how short life is. “O Lord, what is man that you regard him, or the son of man that you think of him? Man is like a breath; his days are like a passing shadow”. First of all, we’re nothing in comparison to our God who created us. We aren’t the center of the universe, God is. We aren’t even the center of our own little universe, He is. And we need to be careful not to think more highly of ourselves than we ought. Our life is fragile and short in comparison to God’s place.
Although it may seem like we have plenty of time for whatever we want to do, the reality is that life is but a breath that is here today and can be gone tomorrow, or today for that matter. There is no guarantee that there will be a tomorrow. So we have to make the most of today, and every day, because our 168 hours for next week is not certain. We have to live like there will be no tomorrow and be grateful if we’re allowed to wake up and be part of it. God is in control of all of life. He knows our days. They are numbered and short.
David asks for God’s blessings. He asks very specifically that God will deal with his enemies, but also that He’ll bless him:
- “May our sons in their youth be like plants full grown
- may our daughters like corner pillars cut for the structure of a palace
- may our granaries be full, providing all kinds of produce
- may our sheep bring forth thousands and ten thousands in our fields
- may our cattle be heavy with young, suffering no mishap or failure in bearing
- may there be no cry of distress in our streets”
He asks for a detailed list of blessings, and then ends with this truth. “Blessed are the people to whom such blessings fall! Blessed are the people whose God is the Lord”! God loves to bless us. We need to ask for His blessing and live in such a way that He is able to do so!