Psalm 144: God is My Rock, Fortress, Deliverer, Stronghold & Shield

(15 verses, 2:05 to read)


What I am about to READ 

  • A Psalm that proclaims God as our protector against the many assaults that life and our flesh offers.


  • 1-2: Sermon on how God is our rock, our fortress, and our deliverer.
  • 3-4: Prayer that wonders of man’s mortality and weakness and yet how God considers man.
  • 5-8: Prayer for God’s deliverance against falsehood and lies.
  • 9-11: Prayer for rescue, a confession of faith that the Lord will rescue so that the Psalmist will sing a new song.
  • 12-15: Prayer for daily bread for the present and future generations.


  • This psalm, like other psalms, picture God as a protector against assaults.  He is a fortress, a stronghold, a shield, a rock and refuge. The rest of the reading answers the question, “What is God a refuge from?”
    • …3-4, 9: God is a refuge from our very mortality and death by answering our death with his Son’s very own death and resurrection and the promise of our resurrection and new song.
    • …7-8, 11: God’s word is a fortress against false hood and deception from Satan and our very flesh.
    • …13-15: God is a shield against the lie that what we have comes only from our own hands and hard work.  He is our provider and protector and “the eyes of all look to him” (Psalm 145:15) for all.


  • Vs. 15, “Blessed are the people whose God is the Lord!”  The ending of this Psalm helps us meditate on the sinful fact that we so often have other gods.  That is, we can look for comfort, help, guidance,  have confidence, etc., in other people and things other than the Lord, who is my rock, my fortress, my stronghold, my deliverer and my shield.  Blessed are we when our Lord brings us back to Him and helps us place our trust in the true God – the one and only God: Father, Son and Holy Spirit.
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Christopher Stout, Pastor of Mount Calvary Lutheran Church, Kannapolis, NC & Abundant Life Lutheran Church, Charlotte, NC



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