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Psalm 144


Psalm 144

Victory Strategies

~

Receiving God's Strategies

and

God's Strength

for the battles we face.

-

Life is full of challenges.


Sometimes

we don't even realize

that we are in the middle

of a spiritual battle.


Let's Prepare Ourselves

each day!



KJV...  Except for Verse 1 

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Monday


Verse 1



Blessed be the Lord my Rock,

Who trains my hands for war,

And my fingers for battle.

NKJV

I chose NKJV for verse 1 because of the word "training." 


YES, God, thank you for training me for

VICTORY!


Blessed be the Lord my Rock!

Psalm 144:1 a


In this verse, God is training us to

PRAISE Him!


Let's highlight some

Victory Strategies!

Victory Strategy

# 1 

Praise

We get Praise training from God

in verse 1 and next in verse 2.


Verse 2....





Verse 2

Lord, you are ...

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.

KJV

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God's destiny for his people

is for them to realize

that there is POWER in Praise!


Will you join me in more Praise?


Here are

Praise Proclamations


I praise the Triumphant God of my Salvation.

I praise the Victorious God of heaven and earth.

I praise the God who overcomes.

I praise the Invincible God
who is able to create and destroy...

No one can overpower God.

No one can stop him.

-

We just praised God in Words.

Now let's add Music

and

praise God in song.


Let's sing some praise music

that is designed to get us

stirred up for

VICTORY!



~ ~ ~ VICTORY MUSIC!  ~ ~ ~







Tuesday




Verse 3-4


Victory Strategy

# 2

 - Humility - 

Walking in Greater Humility

produces

Greater Strength & Power in us.


Let's look at Verse 3 for some

Humility training.


In verses 3-4,

we are given Powerful words of

Humility to speak out!



Lord, what is man, that thou takest knowledge of him!

or the son of man, that thou makest account of him!

Man is like to vanity:

his days are as a shadow that passeth away.


Acts 17:24 says...

For in him we live, and move, and have our being



 Prayer & Praise

inspired by Psalm 144:3-4 ...


Lord,

You are our Everything.

We are nothing without you.

You are Everything to us... Everything!

You are everything to us, and we will give you PRAISE!

Amen


Song:

Everything


Verses 5-8


Victory Strategy

# 3

 - Prayer - 

Prayer for our present difficulties  


Let's look at Verses 5-8 for some

Prayer training.


In these verses,

we are reminded that

nothing is impossible with God.



Hebrews 4:16 tells us to

"Come boldly to God's throne of Grace."


We need to 

ASK for help.

We need to ASK for Miracles!

Bow thy heavens, O Lord, and come down: touch the mountains, and they shall smoke.

Cast forth lightning, and scatter them: shoot out thine arrows, and destroy them.

Send thine hand from above; rid me, and deliver me out of great waters, from the hand of strange children;

Whose mouth speaketh vanity, and their right hand is a right hand of falsehood.

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This Psalm of David is guiding us to 

pray about our situation. 


In verses 5-8,

God is teaching us to call on him

to do

Mighty things and Powerful things!

God is teaching us to ask him for 

Miracles!

We need small miracles, and we need big miracles.



Wednesday


Verse 9


Victory Strategy

# 4

 - Pliable - 

When we become more Pliable in God's hands,

we become more Powerful.


Let's look at Verse 9 for some

Pliable training.


In this verse,

we are encouraged to be moldable

in the hands of our

Heavenly Potter.

Becoming pliable helps to more easily submit to God

and become more mature in Christ.


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.

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God wants to hear us sing - NEW songs!

This verse emphasizes the word

NEW.

We need to be open to NEW things in our life.

As we walk with God, let's be:

Pliable in God's hands instead of  Stubborn.

Open to new songs and new insights instead of Closed.

Teachable instead of Resistant.

Growing instead of Stagnant.


New

We need new nourishment from God's Word.



When we choose to regularly read the Word of God,

we gain new insights, new encouragement,

new strength, and new maturity.


We also gain

New Awe, New Admiration, and New Gratitude

for the Lord God Almighty.


In Psalm 1, God tells us that he wants us to be

like a

healthy tree

planted by streams of water

(receiving the water of the word).

Note: Ephesians 5:26 

We are washed and we are nourished and we are refreshed by the water of the Word of God.


God wants us open to

singing

NEW songs to him

that have New Words of Praise.

Note:

All through the Bible. we see God

repeating the idea that

His people are singers of praise to their God.



Thursday


USA

National Day of Prayer

Verse 10

Victory Strategy

# 5

 - Faith - 

We need to increase our

Faith and Confidence in God and his Word.


Let's look at Verse 10 for some

Faith training.



In this verse,

we are reminded to have

Faith for Today.


God is STILL active.


10 It is he that giveth salvation unto kings:

who delivereth David his servant

from the hurtful sword.


NKJV makes it even easier to see:

Verse 10 NKJV:

The One who gives salvation to kings,

Who delivers David His servant

from the deadly sword.


God gives - not used to give.

God delivers - not used to deliver.

-

I remind you that David is writing this.

David is using present tense to say that

God is STILL working for his (David's) needs.


We increase our Faith as we continually say...

God still does miracles.

God still moves -  and he moves in my life!

God still changes things.

God still rescues.

God still brings blessings. 


Our Faith is a Today Faith.

It is not a Faith in what God used to do,

but a Faith in what God still will do!


Our Faith needs to Speak.

We need to Speak Faith out-loud..


Speaking Faith creates more confidence in us. 

Speaking Faith grows our Faith.

Speaking Scripture out-loud grows our Faith.

Faith cometh by hearing,

and hearing by the word of God.

Romans 10:17 


So

Let's Speak Bible Verses!



And

God tells us to 

Put on the Armor of God



Ephesians 6:11 

CEV version






 Put on all the armor that God gives,

so you can

defend yourself

against the devil's tricks. 

Ephesians 6:11 CEV version


Some other versions say "Stand firm against"

Let's Read about

The Shield of Faith

Ephesians 6:16 

CEV version

Let your faith be

like a shield

and you will be able to stop

all the flaming arrows of the evil one.


A Shield of Faith

Tip...


Each time, we hear in our head

a thought of doubt...

such as

"God is not going to help me"

or

"This is never going to get better"

or

"I can't deal with this situation"

we need to

defend ourself

from that doubt thought.


God tells us in

Ephesians 6:16

that he wants us to

Defend

ourselves by

Raising our

Shield of Faith 

and saying

a Powerful Bible Verse such as

Psalm 46:1,

"God is my refuge and strength,
a very present help in times of trouble."

Or

Philippians 4:13

"I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me."



We need to respond to the words

of a fiery doubt dart.

We need to respond by

shutting down its ability to influence us.


All too often, doubt darts take us into a ditch.


Fiery Darts are like Poison.

We need to shut down its poison.


We need to defend ourselves

and

not just let the poison contaminate us.


For Gaining Spiritual Strength,

I encourage you to consider praying

 Full Armor of God prayers 





Friday


Verse 11


Victory Strategy

# 6

 - Repetition - 

Understanding Repetition brings blessings.


Let's look at Verse 11 for some

Repetition training.

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.

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This verse is basically a repeat of 

verses 7 and 8.


There is great value in repetition.

For example

In prayer...

We need to ask God - and keep on asking.


Jesus shares a story about 

The Power of 

Repetition

in Luke chapter 11.


Repetition

 And He [Jesus] said to them, Which of you who has a friend will go to him at midnight and will say to him, Friend, lend me three loaves [of bread],

For a friend of mine who is on a journey has just come, and I have nothing to put before him;

And he from within will answer, Do not disturb me; the door is now closed, and my children are with me in bed; I cannot get up and supply you [with anything]?

I tell you, although he will not get up and supply him anything because he is his friend, yet because of his shameless persistence and insistence he will get up and give him as much as he needs.

So I [Jesus] say to you,

Ask and keep on asking and

it shall be given you;

seek and keep on seeking and you shall find;

knock and keep on knocking

and the door shall be opened to you.

10 For everyone who asks and keeps on asking receives; and he who seeks and keeps on seeking finds; and to him who knocks and keeps on knocking, the door shall be opened.

AMPC version


Repetition in Prayer

We need to ask -

and keep on asking - in a respectful way.



In the Bible story above,

Jesus tells us to repeat our prayer requests. 

That is our prayer assignment.


And...

saying a Bible verse

once

is not

our

Bible verse assignment.


We are to put God's word

continually

in our mouth

and in our thoughts.



Faith and confidence in God

is increased by speaking the Word of God....

not once

but over and over.

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And

to gain victory over our bad habits and ungodly desires

it takes repetition.

We have to practice new skills.


Becoming less selfish, less angry, less critical,

more patient,

more loving, more longsuffering, etc.

takes practice.


This process of becoming more like Jesus

 can be described as,

"Jesus must increase in my life; I must decrease."

Idea based on John 3:30



The words "increase - decrease" indicate

that it is going to

take time to change.


Each time we have a choice,

we either do what Jesus would do

or

we do what we want to do.


As we

repeatedly

 - over and over - 

do what Jesus would do

we change.

Jesus is a life-transforming name!



For example

in order to increase the

patience and kindness that we show people

in our daily life,

we have to practice using self-control and

intentionally act like Jesus instead of

how we want to act at that moment.



Saturday


Verses 12-14


Battle Strategy

# 7

 - Prayer - 

Prayer for Future Blessings


In verses 5-8 (above)
we saw Prayer for Present Needs



Now

Let's look at Verses 12-14

for some

"future-focused"

Prayer training.




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.

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Verse 12 starts with the word "That."

Verses 12-14 are linked to David's thoughts in verse 11. Here he was praying for God to rescue him from a present situation.

Often as we pray for future blessings, we view those future blessings
as tied to
resolution of present problems.

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It is wise to

not only pray for our present problems

but to visualize and verbalize

the wonderful things that God can do in the future. 


For example,

You may be dealing with a teenager

who is running wild and getting in lots of trouble. 

If so...

it is important and powerful

to pray about your teen's present situation.

It is also important and powerful

to pray about your teen's future.

I encourage you to...

Picture your teen happily following God.

For example...

Dear Lord,

I pray that you will arrange my child's steps so that my teen will come closer and closer to you.

By Faith, I believe that you are
working things together in my teen's life
so that
he/she is seeing the value of
following you and obeying your word.


I know that you are hearing all my prayers and I know that you are doing mighty things.

I will yield to you and continue to pray.

And I thank you for the day when my child will happily yield to you and let you live through him/her.

In Jesus' name I pray,

Amen




Verse 15


Victory Strategy

# 8

 -Rewards - 

We are strengthened and encouraged

as we remind ourselves of

the future rewards of following God. 


Let's look at verse 15

for some

 Reward training.


15 Happy is that people,

that is in such a case:

yea, happy is that people, whose God is the Lord.

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A related verse...


Psalm 119:2 AMPC

Blessed (happy, fortunate, to be envied)

are they who keep His testimonies,

and who seek, inquire for and of Him

 and crave Him with the whole heart.


The first word in Psalm 144 verse 15

and the first word

in Psalm 119:2

are the same word in Hebrew.

It is Strong's Hebrew # 835 and is defined as

"Blessed or Happy."


The Bible tells us that those

who follow

God

will become happy and blessed.

Blessings.. . .

God blesses us with gifts on earth and in heaven.

See our page on the  Rewards in Heaven.


Victory Prayer


Victory Strategy

Prayer


Almighty God, 

I pray for your strength and guidance.

I pray that I will hear your voice this day.

Today,

I will follow you.

I will

STAND STRONG and RESIST WRONG.

In Jesus name I pray,

Amen

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Scripture

When I pray,

you answer me,

and encourage me

by giving me the strength I need.

Psalm 138:3 TLB


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