The LORD had equipped David for victory in battle. Now David asks the LORD for victory in the current battle against foreigners.
teaches my hands to war. The LORD trained David’s hands for war. In those days, being a warrior meant fighting on the battlefield. The tools were the sword and spear, shield and armor.
In our day, being a spiritual warrior means fighting the good fight in the battlefield of prayer. Our tools are Bible reading and prayer, righteousness and fasting:
1 Timothy 6:12. Fight the good fight of faith. Take hold of the eternal life to which you were called, and you confessed the good confession in the sight of many witnesses.
my high tower. The high tower was a place of safety.
he in whom I take refuge. David trusts the LORD. He takes refuge in the LORD.
VERSE 3. LORD, what is man, that you care for him? Or the son of man, that you think of him?
Man is like a breath. Our lives are very brief. For most of us, it spans seven or eight decades, and then it is over:
Psalm 90:10. The days of our years are seventy, or even by reason of strength eighty years; yet their pride is but labor and sorrow, or it passes quickly, and we fly away.
VERSE 5. Part your heavens, LORD, and come down. Touch the mountains, and they will smoke.
VERSE 6. Throw out lightning, and scatter them. Send out your arrows, and rout them.
out of the hands of foreigners. In this verse, as well as in verse 11 below, David’s enemies are from a foreign land.
whose mouths speak deceit. They are liars. Habitual liars. Like a corrupt politician, they are insincere. Their words cannot be trusted.
KJV translation: I will sing a new song unto thee, O God: upon a psaltery and an instrument of ten strings will I sing praises unto thee.
upon a psaltery and. This phrase is only found in the KJV translation. It is not found in other translations.
salvation. In this verse, it means “victory.”
out of the hands of foreigners. In this verse, as well as in verse 7 above, David’s enemies are from a foreign land.
VERSE 12. Then our sons will be like well-nurtured plants, our daughters like pillars carved to adorn a palace.
Our barns are full. Back in the Old Testament era, people understood that if you walked with the LORD, he would make you rich.
no breaking in. David says the enemy will not break through our walls. That is a real comfort, since the enemy always tries to violate our boundaries, to breech our locks and break in, to steal and kill and destroy us.
John 10:10. The thief only comes to steal, kill, and destroy. I came that they may have life, and may have it abundantly.
no going away. David says they will not be taken away into captivity.
VERSE 15. Happy are the people who are in such a situation. Happy are the people whose God is the LORD.
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