Author: The sons of Korah
A prayer for deliverance by God!
Verse 1 – We have heard with our ears, O God, our fathers have told us, what deeds You did in their days, in days of old;
Verse 2 – How You drove out the nations with Your hand, but them You planted; how You afflicted the peoples, and cast them out.
Verse 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.
The Israelite’s had to drive out the inhabitants of Canaan, the Promise Land. The psalmist wants others to remember that it was not by their weapons, it was God Himself who drove them out. Israel was told to settle the land and to be a witness to the world, of God’s power and love.
Remembering what God has done for us in the past, will help us believe in deliverance for the future.
Verse 4 – You are my King, O God; command victories for Jacob.
Verse 5 – Through You we will push down our enemies; through Your name we will trample those who rise up against us.
Verse 6 – For I will not trust in my bow, nor shall my sword save me.
Verse 7 – But You have saved us from our enemies, and have put shame to those who hated us.
Verse 8 – In God we boast all day long, and praise Your name forever. Selah
Do you know why it’s so hard these days, to actually see a miracle from God? It’s because we have too many resources to go to first before we ask God to intervene. We trust in our money to get us things we need and want; we trust in doctors to bring our healing; and we trust in other people and ourselves to give and receive unconditional love. Why not go to God first and see what happens?
Verse 9 – But You have cast us off and put us to shame, and You do not go out with our armies.
Verse 10 – You make us turn back from the enemy, and those who hate us have taken spoil for themselves.
Israel had evidently been defeated in battle, despite their faithfulness and obedience. Sometimes our battle scars are evidence of loyalty to Christ, not punishment.
2 Timothy 3:12 – Yes, and all who desire to live godly in Christ Jesus will suffer persecution.
Verse 11 – You have given us up like sheep intended for food, and have scattered us among the nations.
Verse 12 – You sell Your people for naught, and are not enriched by their price.
Verse 13 – You make us a reproach to our neighbors, a scorn and derision to those all around us.
This has happened several times throughout the history of Israel, World War II, comes to mind, in our time.
Verse 14 – You make us a byword among the nations, a shaking of the head among the people.
Verse 15 – My dishonor is continually before me, and the shame of my face has covered me,
Verse 16 – Because of the voice of him who reproaches and revile’s, because of the enemy and the avenger.
Verse 17 – All this has come upon us; but we have not forgotten You, nor have we dealt falsely with Your covenant.
Verse 18 – Our heart has not turned back, nor have our steps departed from Your way;
Verse 19 – But You have severely broken us in the place of jackals, and covered us with the shadow of death.
Verse 20 – If we had forgotten the name of our God, or stretched out our hands to a foreign god,
Verse 21 – Would not God search this out? For He knows the secrets of the heart.
Verse 22 – Yet for Your sake we are killed all day long: We are accounted as sheep for the slaughter.
Romans 8:36-39 – As it is written: “For Your sake we are killed all day long; we are accounted as sheep for the slaughter.” (Verse 37) Yet in all these things we are more than conquerors through Him who loved us. (Verse 38) For I am persuaded that neither death nor life, nor angels nor principalities, nor powers, nor things present nor things to come, (Verse 39) nor height nor depth, nor any other created thing, shall be able to separate us from the love of God which is in Christ Jesus our Lord. Amen!!
When you love someone, will you not go to the ends of the earth to rescue them? God did that for the whole world. He made the ultimate sacrifice for mankind.
Verse 23 – Awake! Why do You sleep, O Lord? Arise! Do not cast us off forever.
Verse 24 – Why do You hide Your face, and forget our affliction and our oppression?
Verse 25 – For our soul is bowed down to the dust; our body clings to the ground.
Verse 26 – Arise for our help, and redeem us for Your mercy’s sake.
Psalm 121:4 – Behold, He who keeps Israel shall neither slumber nor sleep.