How the war is won: He trains my hands for war and gives my fingers skill for battle.

psalm-144113Praise the Lord, who is my rock.
He trains my hands for war
and gives my fingers skill for battle.
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He is my loving ally and my fortress,
my tower of safety, my rescuer.
He is my shield, and I take refuge in him.
He makes the nations[a] submit to me.

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O Lord, what are human beings that you should notice them,
mere mortals that you should think about them?
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For they are like a breath of air;
their days are like a passing shadow.

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Open the heavens, Lord, and come down.
Touch the mountains so they billow smoke.
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Hurl your lightning bolts and scatter your enemies!
Shoot your arrows and confuse them!
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Reach down from heaven and rescue me;
rescue me from deep waters,
from the power of my enemies.
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Their mouths are full of lies;
they swear to tell the truth, but they lie instead.

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I will sing a new song to you, O God!
I will sing your praises with a ten-stringed harp.
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For you grant victory to kings!
You rescued your servant David from the fatal sword.
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Save me!
Rescue me from the power of my enemies.
Their mouths are full of lies;
they swear to tell the truth, but they lie instead.

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May our sons flourish in their youth
like well-nurtured plants.
May our daughters be like graceful pillars,
carved to beautify a palace.
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May our barns be filled
with crops of every kind.
May the flocks in our fields multiply by the thousands,
even tens of thousands,
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and may our oxen be loaded down with produce.
May there be no enemy breaking through our walls,
no going into captivity,
no cries of alarm in our town squares.
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Yes, joyful are those who live like this!
Joyful indeed are those whose God is the Lord.

Footnotes:
144:2 Some manuscripts read my people.

(From Psalm 144 New Living Translation (NLT)A psalm of David.)

The Whole Armor of God

10 A final word: Be strong in the Lord and in his mighty power. 11 Put on all of God’s armor so that you will be able to stand firm against all strategies of the devil. 12 For we[d] are not fighting against flesh-and-blood enemies, but against evil rulers and authorities of the unseen world, against mighty powers in this dark world, and against evil spirits in the heavenly places.

13 Therefore, put on every piece of God’s armor so you will be able to resist the enemy in the time of evil. Then after the battle you will still be standing firm. 14 Stand your ground, putting on the belt of truth and the body armor of God’s righteousness. 15 For shoes, put on the peace that comes from the Good News so that you will be fully prepared.[e] 16 In addition to all of these, hold up the shield of faith to stop the fiery arrows of the devil.[f] 17 Put on salvation as your helmet, and take the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God.

18 Pray in the Spirit at all times and on every occasion. Stay alert and be persistent in your prayers for all believers everywhere.[g]

19 And pray for me, too. Ask God to give me the right words so I can boldly explain God’s mysterious plan that the Good News is for Jews and Gentiles alike.[h] 20 I am in chains now, still preaching this message as God’s ambassador. So pray that I will keep on speaking boldly for him, as I should.
(From Ephesians 6:10-20)
Footnotes:

6:12 Some manuscripts read you.
6:15 Or For shoes, put on the readiness to preach the Good News of peace with God.
6:16 Greek the evil one.
6:18 Greek all of God’s holy people.
6:19 Greek explain the mystery of the Good News; some manuscripts read simply explain the mystery.