Psalm 144 is one of King David’s psalms. Here he requests that God will help him in his role as king. When I first read this I did not relate to the request for a warrior’s hands and fingers. Then it dawned upon me David was a warrior-king.
In this psalm he is asking God to help him in his work. It is not that different from when we ask for help meeting the bosses expectations or keeping the parishioners or customers, as the case may be, coming back. David starts ends and pauses in the middle of his request to be a successful king with the recognition that God our rock and refuge, we are like a breath or passing shadow, and happy are those whose God is the Lord.
David is such a human man. He has great triumphs and acclaim for the Lord. He makes terrible mistakes and repents. Through his ups and downs, the growing and failing of his faith he always turns back to God. Even in this psalm where he is asking for worldly success he stops and praises God several times. David gets distracted by life but he never long forgets the one who made life.
Dear Heavenly Father, I come before You today knowing that You know what I need better than I do. I trust in Your boundless grace. Yet I ask that if it be Your will you bless my work and make it fruitful for You. I know that whatever happens You are with me to comfort and guide me. In Jesus name I pray. Amen.
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