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44:1 We have heard with our ears, O God, our fathers have told us, what work thou didst in their days, in the times of old.
44:2 How thou didst drive out the heathen with thy hand, and plantedst them; how thou didst afflict the people, and cast them out.
44:3 For they got not the land in possession by their own sword, neither did their own arm save them: but thy right hand, and thine arm, and the light of thy countenance, because thou hadst a favour unto them.
44:4 Thou art my King, O God: command deliverances for Jacob.
44:5 Through thee will we push down our enemies: through thy name will we tread them under that rise up against us.
44:6 For I will not trust in my bow, neither shall my sword save me.
44:7 But thou hast saved us from our enemies, and hast put them to shame that hated us.
44:8 In God we boast all the day long, and praise thy name for ever.
44:9 But thou hast cast off, and put us to shame; and goest not forth with our armies.
44:10 Thou makest us to turn back from the enemy: and they which hate us spoil for themselves.
44:11 Thou hast given us like sheep appointed for meat; and hast scattered us among the heathen.
44:12 Thou sellest thy people for nought, and dost not increase thy wealth by their price.
44:13 Thou makest us a reproach to our neighbours, a scorn and a derision to them that are round about us.
44:14 Thou makest us a byword among the heathen, a shaking of the head among the people.
44:15 My confusion is continually before me, and the shame of my face hath covered me,
44:16 For the voice of him that reproacheth and blasphemeth; by reason of the enemy and avenger.
44:17 All this is come upon us; yet have we not forgotten thee, neither have we dealt falsely in thy covenant.
44:18 Our heart is not turned back, neither have our steps declined from thy way;
44:19 Though thou hast sore broken us in the place of dragons, and covered us with the shadow of death.
44:20 If we have forgotten the name of our God, or stretched out our hands to a strange god;
44:21 Shall not God search this out? for he knoweth the secrets of the heart.
44:22 Yea, for thy sake are we killed all the day long; we are counted as sheep for the slaughter.
44:23 Awake, why sleepest thou, O Lord? arise, cast us not off for ever.
44:24 Wherefore hidest thou thy face, and forgettest our affliction and our oppression?
44:25 For our soul is bowed down to the dust: our belly cleaveth unto the earth.
44:26 Arise for our help, and redeem us for thy mercies' sake.

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Everything King James Bible:Psalms
Matthew Henry's Concise Commentary on the Whole Bible
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Book: Psalms
Chapter: 44

A petition for succour and relief.

1-8 Former experiences of God's power and Goodness are strong
supports to Faith, and powerful pleas in Prayer under present
calamities. The many victories Israel obtained, were not By
their own strength or merit, but By God's favour and free Grace.
The less praise this allows us, the more comfort it affords,
that we may see all as coming from the favour of God. He fought
for Israel, else they had fought in vain. This is applicable to
the planting of the Christian Church in the world, which was not
By any human policy or power. Christ, By his Spirit, went forth
conquering and to conquer; and he that planted a Church for
himself in the world, will support it By the same power and
Goodness. They trusted and triumphed in and through him. Let him
that glories, Glory in the Lord. But if they have the comfort of
his name, let them give unto him the Glory due unto it.

9-16 The believer must have times of Temptation, affliction,
and discouragement; the Church must have Seasons of Persecution.
At such times the people of God will be ready to fear that he
has cast them off, and that his name and Truth will be
dishonoured. But they should look above the instruments of their
trouble, to God, Well knowing that their worst enemies have No
power against them, but what is permitted from above.

17-26 In Afflictions, we must not seek relief By any sinful
compliance; but should continually meditate On the Truth,
purity, and knowledge of our Heart-searching God. Heart sins
and secret sins are known to God, and must be reckoned for. He
knows the secret of the Heart, therefore Judges of the words and
actions. While our troubles do not drive us from our duty to
God, we should not suffer them to drive us from our comfort in
God. Let us take care that prosperity and ease do not render us
careless and lukewarm. The Church of God cannot be prevailed On
By Persecution to forget God; the believer's Heart does not turn
back from God. The Spirit of Prophecy had reference to those who
suffered unto Death, for the Testimony of Christ. Observe the
pleas used, ver. 25,26. Not their own merit and Righteousness,
but the Poor sinner's pleas. None that belong to Christ shall be
cast off, but every one of them shall be saved, and that for
ever. The Mercy of God, purchased, promised, and constantly
flowing forth, and offered to believers, does away every doubt
arising from our sins; while we pray in Faith, Redeem us for thy
mercies' sake.

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