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Psalms 44:1-8: ‘We have heard with our ears, O God; our fathers have told us what you did in their days, in days
long ago. With your hand you drove out the nations and planted our fathers; you crushed the peoples and made
our fathers fl ourish. It was not by their sword that they won the land, nor did their arm bring them victory; it was
your right hand, your arm, and the light of your face, for you loved them.You are my King and my God, who decrees
victories for Jacob. Through you we push back our enemies; through your name we trample our foes.
I do not trust in my bow, my sword does not bring me victory; but you give us victory over our enemies, you put our
adversaries to shame. In God we make our boast all day long, and we will praise your name forever.’
These verses bear testimony of God’s Almighty Power to win victories for those He loves. He crushes the enemy and
causes His beloved to fl ourish.
‘You drove out the nations’ refers to the conquest of Canaan (the Promised Land) described in the book of Joshua.
God gave the land to the Israelites; they were supposed to enter and drive out anyone who was wicked and
opposed to God.
Israel was told to settle in the land and to be a witness to the world of God’s power and love. Surrounded by
enemies, the psalmist remembered what God had done for His people and took heart. We can have this same
confi dence in God when we feel attacked.
If Jesus is King and in Him we trust, He will ‘push back our enemies’ and ‘trample our foes’. Our trust must not be
in our weapons (ie the limitations of our human resources) rather, our trust must be implicitly in the Lord alone.
Boast in Him and praise His name. The fi rst line of this psalm, ‘We have heard with our ears, O God’,
reminds me of the consequence of going-it-alone in the weakness of our fl esh.
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