Psalm 144: Prepared for Battle

What must we do to prepare for battle? How can we know if we are prepared?

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Psalm 144:1 A song of David.
Praise the Lord, my strength trainer, who prepares me for battle.
King James
Psalm 144:1 <A Psalm of David.> Blessed be the Lord my strength, which teacheth my hands to war, and my fingers to fight:

What does God do to cause others to respect the righteous?

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Psalm 144:2 You are my faithful friend and supporter, my bodyguard, one I can trust to keep me safe, who humbles people before me.
King James
Psalm 144:2 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.

Why should we be amazed that God cares for people? Why should we not be amazed?

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Psalm 144:3 What are mere mortals, God, that you would even notice them? Why should you care enough to pay special attention to them?
King James
Psalm 144:3 Lord, what is man, that thou takest knowledge of him! or the son of man, that thou makest account of him!

How fragile is life on Earth?

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Psalm 144:4 People are like vapors or shadows, which soon disappear.
King James
Psalm 144:4 Man is like to vanity: his days are as a shadow that passeth away.

How can we recognize God’s presence?

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Psalm 144:5 Bring your heavenly presence down from above, Lord. Touch the mountains, and the peaks will smoke.
King James
Psalm 144:5 Bow thy heavens, O Lord, and come down: touch the mountains, and they shall smoke.

To what extent is God involved in the weather? Why??

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Psalm 144:6 Send lightning from the clouds like arrows. Scatter your enemies and destroy them.
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Psalm 144:6 Cast forth lightning, and scatter them: shoot out thine arrows, and destroy them.

How concerned should we be for what sinners and unbelievers might do to us?

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Psalm 144:7 Extend your hand from above, and rescue me from the vast sea of sinners and the grip of unbelievers who would pull me under.
King James
Psalm 144:7 Send thine hand from above; rid me, and deliver me out of great waters, from the hand of strange children;

What gives the lie its value?

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Psalm 144:8 They bring a false message whose deceptive strength is with lies that present themselves as truth.
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Psalm 144:8 Whose mouth speaketh vanity, and their right hand is a right hand of falsehood.

What is a “new song”?

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Psalm 144:9 With a ten-stringed harp, I will sing a new song to you, God.
King James
Psalm 144:9 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.

If God determines whether kings win or lose, why do bad kings ever win?

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Psalm 144:10 You determine whether kings win or lose. You delivered your servant David from the fatal sword.
King James
Psalm 144:10 It is he that giveth salvation unto kings: who delivereth David his servant from the hurtful sword.

How can unbelievers be successful in their deceptions?

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Psalm 144:11 Separate me from unbelievers and protect me from their deceptions, for their strength is in telling lies.
King James
Psalm 144:11 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:

What are the best things parents can do to help their children flourish?

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Psalm 144:12 May our sons flourish like healthy young plants. May our daughters be like cornerstones in the building of a palace.
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Psalm 144:12 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:

What is the best definition of being “blessed”?

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Psalm 144:13–15 May our pantries be filled with food, our fields with thousands of sheep, and our streets with people in the tens of thousands.
May our cattle have many calves. May our cities be safe within its walls, with no distressful cries in the streets.
May the people whose God is the Lord be blessed with such things.
King James
Psalm 144:13–15 That our garners may be full, affording all manner of store: that our sheep may bring forth thousands and ten thousands in our streets: 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. Happy is that people, that is in such a case: yea, happy is that people, whose God is the Lord.