Psalms 144, An Expose on the Characteristics of God

July 2, 2012

Blessed be the  LORD my strength, which teacheth my hands to war, and my fingers to fight: My  goodness, and my fortress; my high tower, and my deliverer; my shield, and He  in whom I trust; who subdueth my people under me” (KJV)

The Bible says, “without faith it is impossible to please  Him” (Hebrews 11:6).  Just one look,  even a glance at Psalm 144 will fill your heart with such confidence and  assurance that you can easily walk by “faith and not by sight (II  Corinthians 5:7).  Come walk with me  through this passage and let the peace of God, which passeth all  understanding, keep your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus (Philippians  4:7).

Let’s take a look at who God is to us as revealed in Psalm  144..  He is our Lord.  He is our strength.  He is our teacher.  He is our goodness.  He is  our fortress.  He is our high  tower.  He is our deliverer.  He is our shield.  He is the one we trust.   He is the one who subdues our enemies.   Each of these characteristics of who God is to us is amazing and  wonderful. Each characteristic makes a statement of the depth of God’s love to  us, of His capabilities, of His omnipotence and omniscience.  Each of these characteristics on their own  would bring peace to our hearts and blessed assurance but as we look at each of  these realizing that they all come together with who He is our hearts can’t  help but overflow with joy and praise.   Hallelujah to the Lamb of God, our Saviour who taketh away the sin of  the world (John 1:29).

He is our Lord.

  • Acts  2:36 “Therefore let all the house of Israel know assuredly, that God hath made  that same Jesus, whom ye have crucified, both Lord and Christ.”
  • Acts  5:31 “Him hath God exalted with his right hand to be a Prince and a Saviour,  for to give repentance to Israel, and forgiveness of sins.”
  • I  Corinthians 1:9 “God is faithful, by whom ye were called unto the fellowship of  his Son Jesus Christ our Lord.”
  • Ephesians  4:5 “One Lord, one faith, one baptism,”

He is our Strength.

  • Exodus  15:2 “The LORD is my strength and song, and he is become my salvation: he is my  God, and I will prepare him an habitation; my father’s God, and I will exalt  him.”
  • II  Samuel 22:33 “God is my strength and power: and he maketh my way perfect.”
  • Psalm  84:5 “Blessed is the man whose strength is in thee; in whose heart are the ways  of them.”
  • Philippians  4:13 “I can do all things through Christ which strengtheneth me.”

He is our Teacher.

  • Psalm  25:12 “What man is he that feareth the LORD? him shall he teach in the way that  he shall choose.”
  • Psalm  32:8 “I will instruct thee and teach thee in the way which thou shalt go: I  will guide thee with mine eye.”
  • Isaiah  48:17 “Thus saith the LORD, thy Redeemer, the Holy One of Israel; I am the LORD  thy God which teacheth thee to profit, which leadeth thee by the way that thou  shouldest go.”
  • John  14:26 “But the Comforter, which is the Holy Ghost, whom the Father will send in  my name, he shall teach you all things, and bring all things to your  remembrance, whatsoever I have said unto you.”

He is our Goodness.

  • II  Corinthians 5:17 “Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old  things are passed away; behold, all things are become new.”
  • Philippians  3:9 ¶ “And be found in him, not having mine own righteousness, which is of the  law, but that which is through the faith of Christ, the righteousness which is  of God by faith:”
  • 1  Corinthians 1:30 “But of him are ye in Christ Jesus, who of God is made unto us  wisdom, and righteousness, and sanctification, and redemption:”
  • II  Corinthians 5:21 “For He hath made Him to be sin for us, who knew no sin; that  we might be made the righteousness of God in Him.”

He is our Fortress.

  • II  Samuel 22:2  “And He said, The LORD is my rock, and my fortress, and my  deliverer;”
  • Psalm  31:3  “For Thou art my rock and my  fortress; therefore for Thy name’s sake lead me, and guide me.
  • Psalm  91:2 “I will say of the LORD, He is my refuge and my fortress: my God; in him  will I trust.”
  • Nahum  1:7 “The LORD is good, a strong hold in the day of trouble; and He knoweth them  that trust in Him.”

He is our High Tower.

  • II  Samuel 22:3 “The God of my rock; in Him will I trust: He is my shield, and the  horn of my salvation, my high tower, and my refuge, my Saviour; thou savest me  from violence.
  • Psalm  18:2 “The LORD is my rock, and my fortress, and my deliverer; my God, my  strength, in whom I will trust; my buckler, and the horn of my salvation, and  my high tower.”

He is our Deliverer.

  • Psalm  34:4 “I sought the LORD, and He heard me, and delivered me from all my fears.”
  • Psalm  70:5 “But I am poor and needy: make haste unto me, O God: Thou art my help and  my deliverer; O LORD, make no tarrying.”
  • Daniel  6:27 He delivereth and rescueth, and he worketh signs and wonders in heaven and  in earth, who hath delivered Daniel from the power of the lions.
  • II  Timothy 4:18 “And the Lord shall deliver me from every evil work, and will  preserve me unto His heavenly kingdom: to whom be glory for ever and ever.  Amen.”

He is our Shield.

  • Psalm  28:7 “The LORD is my strength and my shield; my heart trusted in Him, and I am  helped: therefore my heart greatly rejoiceth; and with my song will I praise  Him.”
  • Psalm  84:11 “For the LORD God is a sun and shield: the LORD will give grace and  glory: no good thing will He withhold from them that walk uprightly.”
  • Proverbs  30:5 “Every word of God is pure: He is a shield unto them that put their trust  in Him.”
  • Ephesians  6:16 “Above all, taking the shield of faith, wherewith ye shall be able to  quench all the fiery darts of the wicked.”

He is the One we trust.

  • Psalm  25:2 “O my God, I trust in Thee: let me not be ashamed, let not mine enemies  triumph over me.”
  • Psalm  37:5 “Commit thy way unto the LORD; trust also in Him; and He shall bring it to  pass.”
  • Psalm  37:40 “And the LORD shall help them, and deliver them: He shall deliver them  from the wicked, and save them, because they trust in Him.”
  • Psalm  118:8 “It is better to trust in the LORD than to put confidence in man.”

He subdues our enemies.

  • Ezra  8:31  “Then we departed from the river of Ahava on the twelfth day of the  first month, to go unto Jerusalem: and the hand of our God was upon us, and He  delivered us from the hand of the enemy, and of such as lay in wait by the way.
  • Psalm  18:48 “He delivereth me from mine enemies: yea, Thou liftest me up above those  that rise up against me: thou hast delivered me from the violent man.
  • Isaiah  62:8 “The LORD hath sworn by His right hand, and by the arm of His strength,  Surely I will no more give thy corn to be meat for thine enemies; and the sons  of the stranger shall not drink thy wine, for the which thou hast laboured:
  • Luke  1:71 “That we should be saved from our enemies, and from the hand of all that  hate us;”

“To  the only wise God our Saviour, be glory and majesty, dominion and power, both  now and ever. Amen” (Jude 1:25).


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