Psalm 44

“Rise up; come to our help! Redeem us for the sake of your steadfast love!” (v26).  The Israelites knew about God’s steadfast love through their ancestors’ stories about “the days of old” (v1).  They realized that the Promised Land was not won by great armies, but by God’s power and love (v3).  “For not in my bow do I trust, nor can my sword save me, but You have saved us from our foes” (v6-7).  All of this gave Israel the confidence to call on God: “Come to our help!”

 

Facing oppression, Israel knew that they could not save themselves (v24).  Their only hope was in God’s salvation: “Through You we push down our foes” (v5).