This Psalm of David carries no desperation of his situation as was in the previous psalms. Evidently he has been delivered from dire straits for the moment and we see his affirmation of God’s sovereignty coming to the fore. He can now reflect of what he learnt from his experience. He taught him to rely on His strength so his fingers are nimble. Unless God put his strength in his mind first his fingers would do only so much. So a Christian warfare is fought with full armor of God and it is the Mind of Christ that fights our battles for us.
David’s confidence is in God who is unlike pagan gods of his time. He is God of all mercies, ‘Though the LORD be high, yet hath he respect unto the lowly: but the proud he knoweth afar off(Ps.138:6)’. Elsewhere he asks what is man that He should take note of him. Yes indeed, ‘Man is like to vanity: his days are as a shadow that passeth away.’
His prayer in vv.11-14 brings up an idyllic image of the Millennial Reign of the Messiah King. Happy is the people whose God is the Lord.
In the Book of Isaiah we read how God shall remove the enmity of nations,’And he will destroy in this mountain the face of the covering cast over all people, and the vail that is spread over all nations( Is.25:7)’. Enmity of Israel and Gentile nations are destroyed when Jesus Christ the King of kings, the Lord of lords comes to lead His children home.
“The right hand of the LORD is exalted: the right hand of the LORD doeth valiantly.(Ps.118:16). It is the same hand that raised heavens like a curtain. It speaks of the kingdom of God or the kingdom of heaven thereby signifying the legitimacy of His sovereign rule. “It is he that sitteth upon the circle of the earth, and the inhabitants thereof are as grasshoppers; that stretcheth out the heavens as a curtain, and spreadeth them out as a tent to dwell in:(Is.40:22)” He has promised all overcomers a place: :Him that overcometh will I make a pillar in the temple of my God, and he shall go no more out: and I will write upon him the name of my God, and the name of the city of my God, which is new Jerusalem, which cometh down out of heaven from my God: and I will write upon him my new name(Re,3:12)”. Their inheritance is called the heritage of the upright. What are strangers but those who are barred from entering in? They are the wicked who denied the Spirit of truth and walked their own ways. They were also led by another spirit, the very spirit of antichrist. His right hand is here qualified as righthand of falsehood.
He shall deal with them and as we see it even now, their ways are strange and they call it the new norm. They are full of lies and yet they call it their superior wisdom. They are all members of an elite club, enemies to peace and moderation, and the millions they proclaim to have made from art of deals is staggering but their source they conceal with all might they can muster. Do not be taken in by their ways or by their talk. They are the strange children begotten by falsehood. ‘Whose mouth speaketh vanity,’ Even so they are like shadows. Every one of them without exception.
Attila, Hannibal, Hitler they all had their run. They were like vain shadows that lengthened across the boards of world stage and disappeared. ‘They have sharpened their tongues like a serpent; adders’ poison is under their lips’ but where are they now? . This is the fate of those who are stranger to God and His grace.
Blessed be the Lord my strength which teacheth my hands to war, and my fingers to fight:
2 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.
3 Lord, what is man, that thou takest knowledge of him! or the son of man, that thou makest account of him!
4 Man is like to vanity: his days are as a shadow that passeth away.
5 Bow thy heavens, O Lord, and come down: touch the mountains, and they shall smoke.
6 Cast forth lightning, and scatter them: shoot out thine arrows, and destroy them.
7 Send thine hand from above; rid me, and deliver me out of great waters, from the hand of strange children;
8 Whose mouth speaketh vanity, and their right hand is a right hand of falsehood.
9 I will sing a new song unto thee, O God: upon a psaltery and an instrument of ten strings will I sing praises unto thee.
10 It is he that giveth salvation unto kings: who delivereth David his servant from the hurtful sword.
11 Rid me, and deliver me from the hand of strange children, whose mouth speaketh vanity, and their right hand is a right hand of falsehood:
12 That our sons may be as plants grown up in their youth; that our daughters may be as corner stones, polished after the similitude of a palace:
13 That our garners may be full, affording all manner of store: that our sheep may bring forth thousands and ten thousands in our streets:
14 That our oxen may be strong to labour; that there be no breaking in, nor going out; that there be no complaining in our streets.
15 Happy is that people, that is in such a case: yea, happy is that people, whose God is the Lord.