Words in italic type have been added for clarity. They are not found in the original Hebrew or Aramaic.
What should I learn from this chapter?
- It isn’t me. It wasn’t me. It won’t be me in the future. It is, was, and will be God forever.
Redemption Remembered in Present Dishonor
To the Chief Musician. A Contemplation (Heb. Maschil) of the sons of Korah.
Psalm 44:1 We have heard with our ears, O God,
Our fathers have told us,
The deeds You did in their days,
In days of old:
Psalm 44:2 You drove out the nations (Gentiles, heathen) with Your hand,
But them You planted;
You afflicted the peoples, and cast them out.
- God planted the nation Israel in His Garden.
Psalm 44:3 For they did not gain possession of the land by their own sword, Nor did their own arm save them;
But it was Your right hand, Your arm, and the light of Your countenance, Because You favored them.
- God’s Right Hand is the Holy Spirit
- God’s Right Arm is Jesus
- The Light of His countenance is who He is and who He has always been:
See Topic: Jesus as Light
Psalm 44:4 You are my King, O God (and my God);
Command (Who commands) victories for Jacob.
Psalm 44:5 Through You we will push down our enemies;
Through Your name we will trample those who rise up against us.
- The name of God is sacred. Words spoken are living words which, like God, can destroy or create.
Psalm 44:6 For I will not trust in my bow,
Nor shall my sword save me.
- The bow is symbolic of a covenant, an oath.
- Some covenants are based on man’s co-operation and based solely on God’s doings.
Man cannot be trusted to keep his oaths but God will not break a covenant that has no conditions.
Psalm 44:7 But You have saved us from our enemies,
And have put to shame those who hated us.
- The reproach was on our enemies.
Psalm 44:8 In God we boast all day long,
And praise Your name forever. Selah
Psalm 44:9 But You have cast us off and put us to shame,
And You do not go out with our armies.
Psalm 44:10 You make us turn back from the enemy,
And those who hate us have taken spoil (plunder) for themselves.
Psalm 44:11 You have given us up like sheep intended for food,
And have scattered us among the nations.
- The coming Antichrist will bring history around again when he sets out to destroy the Jews:
Zechariah 11:16 For indeed I will raise up a shepherd in the land who will not care for those who are cut off, nor seek the young, nor heal those that are broken, nor feed those that still stand. But he will eat the flesh of the fat and tear their hooves in pieces.
Psalm 44:12 You sell Your people for next to nothing,
And are not enriched by selling them.
Psalm 44:13 You make us a reproach to our neighbors,
A scorn and a derision to those all around us.
- The reproach is now on the Jews.
Psalm 44:14 You make us a byword among the nations,
A shaking of the head among the peoples.
Psalm 44:15 My dishonor is continually before me,
And the shame of my face has covered me,
Psalm 44:16 Because of the voice of him (the enemy) who reproaches and reviles,
Because of the enemy and the avenger.
Psalm 44:17 All this has come upon us;
But we have not forgotten You,
Nor have we dealt falsely with Your (God’s) covenant.
Psalm 44:18 Our heart has not turned back,
Nor have our steps departed from Your way;
Psalm 44:19 But You have severely broken us in the place of jackals (desert reptile dragon),
And covered us with the shadow of death.
Psalm 44:20 If we had forgotten the name of our God,
Or stretched out our hands (worshiped) to a foreign god,
Psalm 44:21 Would not God search this out?
For He knows the secrets of the heart.
Psalm 44:22 Yet for Your sake we are killed all day long;
We are accounted as sheep for the slaughter.
Psalm 44:23 Awake! Why do You sleep, O Lord?
Arise! Do not cast us off forever.
- Psalm 121:4 Behold, He who keeps Israel Shall neither slumber nor sleep.
Psalm 44:24 Why do You hide Your face,
And forget our affliction and our oppression?
Psalm 44:25 For our soul is bowed down to the dust (Ground, in humiliation); Our body clings to the ground.
- Perhaps a double meaning, to be “ground down in humiliation”, and to “return to the ground.”
Genesis 3:19 In the sweat of your face you shall eat bread Till you return to the ground, For out of it you were taken; For dust you are, And to dust you shall return.”
Psalm 44:26 Arise for our help,
And redeem us for Your mercies’ sake.
- Repeated throughout the Psalms: His mercy endures forever.