3 O LORD, who are we that you should notice us, mere mortals that you should care for us?4 For we are like a breath of air; our days are like a passing shadow.5 Open the heavens, LORD, and come down. Touch the mountains so they billow smoke.6 Hurl your lightning bolts and scatter your enemies! Shoot your arrows and confuse them!7 Reach down from heaven and rescue me; rescue me from deep waters, from the power of my enemies.8 Their mouths are full of lies; they swear to tell the truth, but they lie instead.9 I will sing a new song to you, O God! I will sing your praises with a ten-stringed harp.10 For you grant victory to kings! You rescued your servant David from the fatal sword.11 Save me! Rescue me from the power of my enemies. Their mouths are full of lies; they swear to tell the truth, but they lie instead.12 May our sons flourish in their youth like well-nurtured plants. May our daughters be like graceful pillars, carved to beautify a palace.13 May our barns be filled with crops of every kind. May the flocks in our fields multiply by the thousands, even tens of thousands,14 and may our oxen be loaded down with produce. May there be no enemy breaking through our walls, no going into captivity, no cries of alarm in our town squares.15 Yes, joyful are those who live like this! Joyful indeed are those whose God is the LORD.
Psalm 144 may have been compiled from two or more different Psalms, and written after David’s putting down his son Absalom’s rebellion. In verses 1-11 the writer David praises God for His past blessings. He uses words similar to those in Psalm 8 to confess his humility before asking for help.
Psalm 8:3-4 (NLT)3 When I look at the night sky and see the work of your fingers— the moon and the stars you set in place--4 what are people that you should think about them, mere mortals that you should care for them?
He then asks that God deliver him from His enemies because they have broken treaties and brought false charges against him. Here here are references similar to those in Psalms 18 and 104.
Psalm 18:6-15 (NLT)6 But in my distress I cried out to the LORD; yes, I prayed to my God for help. He heard me from his sanctuary; my cry to him reached his ears.7 Then the earth quaked and trembled. The foundations of the mountains shook; they quaked because of his anger.8 Smoke poured from his nostrils; fierce flames leaped from his mouth. Glowing coals blazed forth from him.9 He opened the heavens and came down; dark storm clouds were beneath his feet.10 Mounted on a mighty angelic being, he flew, soaring on the wings of the wind.11 He shrouded himself in darkness, veiling his approach with dark rain clouds.12 Thick clouds shielded the brightness around him and rained down hail and burning coals.13 The LORD thundered from heaven; the voice of the Most High resounded amid the hail and burning coals.14 He shot his arrows and scattered his enemies; his lightning flashed, and they were greatly confused.15 Then at your command, O LORD, at the blast of your breath, the bottom of the sea could be seen, and the foundations of the earth were laid bare.
Psalm 104:1-4 (NLT)1 Let all that I am praise the LORD. O LORD my God, how great you are! You are robed with honor and majesty.2 You are dressed in a robe of light. You stretch out the starry curtain of the heavens;3 you lay out the rafters of your home in the rain clouds. You make the clouds your chariot; you ride upon the wings of the wind.4 The winds are your messengers; flames of fire are your servants.
At the end of this section of the Psalm David promises to praise God for his deliverance
In verses 12-15 David prays not for himself but asks that God give His people Israel peace and prosperity.
When we read and meditate on Psalm 144, today, we can give God the glory for our spiritual privileges and advancements, and ask Him to deliver us from our enemies in spiritual warfare. We can pray for our spiritual prosperity, and that of our families, friends, the Church, and our nation.