Psalm 144:1 “Praise be to the LORD my Rock, who trains my hands for war, my fingers for battle. 2 He is my loving God and my fortress, my stronghold and my deliverer, my shield, in whom I take refuge, who subdues peoples under me.”
In verse 1 David praises the Lord for His training to engage in warfare. In the Old Testament warfare was mostly in the natural realm. In the New Testament these battles are fought in the spirit realm. 2 Corinthians 10 says our battle is not against flesh and blood but against arguments and every pretension that sets itself up against the knowledge of God. These arguments and pretensions are called strongholds. In essence all battles are started in the mind from the seed of evil thoughts.
The Lord teaches us to war. As Paul taught in Corinthians our weapons are not carnal or fleshly. They are spiritual. Weapons such as prayer, the word, prophecy, words of knowledge, declaration, praise, and humility are powerful in dealing with the enemy’s schemes. A weapon is only as effective as the person who uses it. If you don’t realize that you have the authority to use it, it will remain holstered.
Verse 2 explains why we have the authority to fight. He loves us. He’s our fortress, our stronghold, and our deliverer. When we activate the weapons He has trained us to use, He acts on our behalf. David goes on to say in verse 7 “reach down your hand from on high; deliver me and rescue me from the mighty waters, from the hands of foreigners”. The psalm explains how God acts on our behalf and blesses us too.
We have a part to play in our deliverance from trouble into blessing. We please God by acting in faith and initiating His response by using the spiritual weapons He has equipped us with. Hallelujah!
Prayer: “Father, thank you that you have trained my hands for war, my fingers for battle. Quicken to me those weapons, which I have left unused in my arsenal so that I may see your deliverance and blessing come to me in Jesus’ name. Amen.”