Posted: June 12,2008
This week we will start a new study of the rather
lengthy Psalm 44. The Bible title is “To the chief Musician for the
sons of Korah, Maschil.” There are several things we learn from this
title. The ‘chief Musician’ tells us it was to be sung in public
worship. Korah was a Levite, the grandson of Kohath, who was dropped in
Hell with his clothes on because of raising an insurrection against the
leadership of Moses and Aaron. The word ‘Maschil’ tells us it is
a Psalm for teaching and instruction.
We are let in on what David did when
the nation was in a time of desperation. We certainly could have learned
thoughts on what to do in our own times of national or personal
In this Psalm we are shown David
practicing a “Time Of Remembrance”. I will not quote the verses
here but have your Bible open as we study them. In verses 1-8 I see
David pondering ‘What They Heard About Them’. He is looking at
In verse 1 we find a thought of ‘Generation
To Generation’ in Israel’s history. David said he had heard with his
ears from the fathers about what God had done in days of old. Thank the
Lord for a father like Jesse, David’s father, with a voice to tell the
old, old, story. Greater still I thank Him for giving ears to a child
like David. I bless the day God gave me ears to hear and understand what
thus saith the Lord.
We find in verse 2 their history is a ‘Growth
Of Growth’s’. David tells us the people of God were ‘planted’
in the land of God’s enemies. The word means to transplant such as the
branch is placed in the vines. The growth comes when they realize it is
not their victory but the Lord who has driven the enemy out of the land.
What growth there is when we realize
the battle is over. All wars have already been won. In every Old
Testament battle that is fought we find the children of God either doing
nothing, busting lamps while shouting, or just singing ‘He is good
and His mercy endureth forever’ while God fights the battle. My
what a history to remember that will cause us a ‘Growth of Growth’s’.
In verse 3 David’s history lesson
remembered brings him to ‘A Grace Upon Grace’. David realizes
that everything he possesses has come by the right hand of God. This is
the arm of His power. He says it has caused the light of God’s
countenance and favor to shine upon his life. This is none other than
the face of His grace. His grace gives us the power and ability to be
and do all He wants for us to be.
In verses 4-8 in David’s historical
remembrance we find ‘A God Of God’s’. In verses 4-7 we find David
‘bowing’ to the God of God. He calls Him ‘My King’ in
verse 4. He has bowed as a subject or servant to his king and master.
David says in verse 6 that he will not trust in his ability to wage war.
In verses 5 and 7 David says if any thing is accomplished it will come
by the hand of the Lord. He says in verse 5 that it is through ‘thy
name’ that you have saved us and shamed our enemies. (Vs. 7) My what
a powerful name the God of God’s has. No wonder David, the king of the
earth, is bowing to God the King of all the heavens and earth.
In verse 8 we find David ‘boasting’ in the God of
God’s. David says I am going to boast in Him all the daylong. The word
means to shine forth by being clamorously foolish in public. It is an
earthly boast. David said that he was going to praise Him forever. It is
an eternal boast. He is going to lift up his hands while giving loud
words of thanks and adoration. David is doing on earth what he plans to
do in heaven. He closes this section of remembering history with the
word ‘Selah’. A Time to stop, change the focus, and say ‘Well,
what do you think about that?’