Psalm 144  … Consider Him Who Situates Us in His Salvation

How blessed are the people who are so situated;
How blessed are the people whose God is the Lord!
(144:15).

Psalm 144 begins and ends with a blessing. David begins by blessing his God for equipping him for battle, and ends by calling attention to the blessings on the people who serve the LORD God.

Blessed be the Lord, my rock,
Who trains my hands for war,
And my fingers for battle;
(144:1).

How blessed are the people who are so situated;
How blessed are the people whose God is the Lord!
(144:15).

However, in the Hebrew language, these are two different words.

From Strong’s Exhaustive Concordance:

Blessed (144:1): “1288. בָּרַךְ bāraḵ: A verb meaning to bless, kneel, salute, or greet. The verb derives from the noun knee and perhaps suggests the bending of the knee in blessing…”

Blessed (144:15): “835. אֶשֶׁר ʾešer: A masculine noun meaning a person’s state of bliss. This Hebrew word is always used to refer to people and is never used of God. It is almost exclusively poetic and usually exclamatory, ‘O the bliss of. . . .’ This term is also used to describe a person or nation who enjoys a relationship with God.”

David bends his knee in adoration, honoring and blessing God because God has blessed His people with bliss.

In God there is bliss, even in war. After all, war is an ever-present reality for every child of God; and while it is typically not waged on a physical battlefield, it is equally as ruthless and fierce.

For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the powers, against the world forces of this darkness, against the spiritual forces of wickedness in the heavenly places, (Ephesians 6:12).

Paul wrote about the war that advances against every believer.

For I joyfully concur with the law of God in the inner man, 23 but I see a different law in the members of my body, waging war against the law of my mind and making me a prisoner of the law of sin which is in my members. 24 Wretched man that I am! Who will set me free from the body of this death? 25 Thanks be to God through Jesus Christ our Lord! So then, on the one hand I myself with my mind am serving the law of God, but on the other, with my flesh the law of sin, (Romans 7:22-25).

It’s a battle enacted in opposition to the Law of God, a battle fought in the mind, a battle we have no hope of winning on our own. But thanks be to God through Jesus Christ our Lord, for He has placed us in His victory and Situates Us in His Salvation.

Consider Him Who Situates Us in His Salvation

  • He Situates Us in His Salvation to be trained for war.
    • Blessed be the Lord, my rock,
      Who trains my hands for war,
      And my fingers for battle;
      (144:1).
  • He Situates Us in His Salvation to walk in His victory.
    • My lovingkindness and my fortress,
      My stronghold and my deliverer,
      My shield and He in whom I take refuge,
      Who subdues my people under me.
      (144:2).
  • He Situates Us in His Salvation to be brought into in relationship with Him.
    •  O Lord, what is man, that You take knowledge of him?
      Or the son of man, that You think of him?
      (144:3).
  • He Situates Us in His Salvation to sing His praises.
    • I will sing a new song to You, O God;
      Upon a harp of ten strings I will sing praises to You,
      (144:9).
  • He Situates Us in His Salvation to deliver us from the lies of the enemy.
    • Rescue me and deliver me out of the hand of aliens,
      Whose mouth speaks deceit
      And whose right hand is a right hand of falsehood.
      (144:11).
  • He Situates Us in His Salvation to live in His security and prosperity.
    • Let our sons in their youth be as grown-up plants,
      And our daughters as corner pillars fashioned as for a palace;
      13 Let our garners be full, furnishing every kind of produce,
      And our flocks bring forth thousands and ten thousands in our fields;
      (144:12-13).
  • He Situates Us in His Salvation to receive His blessings.
    • How blessed are the people who are so situated;
      How blessed are the people whose God is the Lord!
      (144:15).

How do we respond to Him Who Situates Us in His Salvation?

How can we not be amazed and filled with thanksgiving as we consider all that we have because He Situates Us in His Salvation? The question we have to ask is, do we really believe all that His Salvation has accomplished for us? Do we believe that when we place our faith in Christ, He in fact Situates Us in Him to become an absolutely new creation?

Therefore if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creature; the old things passed away; behold, new things have come, (2 Corinthians 5:17).

Faith, without it we will live in doubt and without it is impossible to please God. Conversely, when we have faith, we bring pleasure to God… and He rewards us with assurance and conviction that He Situates Us in His Salvation.

Now faith is the assurance of things hoped for, the conviction of things not seen. And without faith it is impossible to please Him, for he who comes to God must believe that He is and that He is a rewarder of those who seek Him, (Hebrews 11:1, 6).

Let us sincerely ask the Lord to strengthen our faith that we would be absolutely assured in the truth that He Situates Us in His Salvation.

Therefore we have been buried with Him through baptism into death, so that as Christ was raised from the dead through the glory of the Father, so we too might walk in newness of life, (Romans 6:4).

He Situates Us in His Death and in His Resurrection that we would walk in Jesus and the newness of His Life. Oh Father, may we take hold of Your truth, for truly You Situate Us in Christ.

I have been crucified with Christ; and it is no longer I who live, but Christ lives in me; and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave Himself up for me, (Galatians 2:20).

Thank You that You Situate Us in Your Salvation to receive Your many blessings. Oh, may we live to bless You with all that we are as we live victoriously by faith in the Son of God, our Rock.

How blessed are the people who are so situated;
How blessed are the people whose God is the Lord!
(144:15).

Blessed be the Lord, my rock,
Who trains my hands for war,
And my fingers for battle;
(144:1).

Let’s Grow Together!

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