Psalm 144 – Skeptic's Annotated Bible answered

A response and reply to the notes on Psalm 144 in the Skeptic's Annotated Bible (SAB).

King James Version

SAB comment

My comment

1 Blessed be the LORD my strength, which teacheth my hands to war, and my fingers to fight:

"The Lord ... teacheth my hands to war."
The God of Peace teaches us to kill each other in war.
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What will a good man do when his country and his life is under attack? What would the author of the SAB do when war is inevitable? Can he distinguish between a war of self-defense and a war of aggression? We live in a world where there is evil. And evil has to be resisted.
The author of the SAB would have a point if the psalmist here makes the claim that God teaches him to subjugate the infidels, but no such thing is meant here. The subject is clearly deliverance from enemies, verse 7, not a prayer to be successful in a war of aggression.
And of course this refers to spiritual warfare as well, the battle of true Christians against their own desires, sin, the world and the devil.

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.