Psalm 44 Commentary

Psalm 44 Commentary

It is an item of beauty when a generation can report on the testimony of their fathers. It means their fathers did a good job of passing on the message of the LORD as directed by scripture. It is important that we pass on to our children the values of hard work, diligence, financial literacy, and actual finances and property. But exclusively important is the need to pass on our testimony. Let your children know what the LORD did and has done.

The psalmist mentions the works of the LORD during the conquest of Canaan. And true to God’s word, Israel drove out nations stronger and more numerous than them.

That was all in the distant past.

The psalmist brings it home and changes the tense. From LORD did A, B, and C to the LORD does A, B, and C. The LORD God who was with Jacob throughout his life is the same LORD God who stays with the righteous through and through, never leaving them.    

So the saint can boast in the LORD all day long and will praise His name forever.

Yet the LORD humbles the saint by an apparent rejection and abandonment. The enemy advances and gains victory. The saint becomes the joke of the neighborhood. There is scorn and shame written all over the saint’s face. It is a handsome payment for being righteous.

Yet it was the Lord’s will to crush him and cause him to suffer, and though the Lord makes his life an offering for sin, he will see his offspring and prolong his days, and the will of the Lord will prosper in his hand. Isaiah 53 verse 10.

The rejection and abandonment are apparent; it is not exactly that way. The LORD deliberately orchestrates events whose end remains tightly under God’s control.

So the New Testament saint can repeat these words: Yet for your sake, we face death all day long; we are considered as sheep to be slaughtered.

I guess we have seen this one before. Yes. The Apostle Paul quoted from this psalm when he was concluding probably his greatest piece of writing: Romans chapter 8.

You probably want to read Romans chapter 8 again but with this psalm in mind. The testimony of what God did and what God does comes to mind. And if there is a huge conflict, who cares, “And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose.” Romans chapter 8 verse 28.

The people facing death all day long are actually believers. They understand it and can proudly ask: “Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? Shall trouble or hardship or persecution or famine or nakedness or danger or sword?

No, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him who loved us. For I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither the present nor the future, nor any powers, neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord.

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Published by Joseph Malekani

Joseph Malekani is a born-again Christian with a strong PAOG/Baptist background. He is heavily involved in student ministry with ZAFES – an IFES movement with focus on student ministry in Zambia. He is married to Audrey and they have two lovely children.

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