1 Praise be to the LORD my Rock, who trains my hands for war my fingers for battle.
2 He is my loving God and my fortress, my stronghold and my deliverer, my shield, in whom I take refuge, who subdues peoples under me.
3 O LORD, what is man that you care for him, the son of man that you think of him?
4 Man is like a breath; his days are like a fleeting shadow.
5 Part your heavens, O LORD, and come down; touch the mountains, so that they smoke.
6 Send forth lightning and scatter the enemies;shoot your arrows and rout them.
7 Reach down your hand from on high; deliver me and rescue me from the mighty waters, from the hands of foreigners
8 whose mouths are full of lies, whose right hands are deceitful.
9 I will sing a new song to you, O God; on the ten-stringed lyre I will make music to you,
10 to the One who gives victory to kings, who delivers his servant David from the deadly sword.
11 Deliver me and rescue me from the hands of foreigners whose mouths are full of lies, whose right hands are deceitful.
12 Then our sons in their youth will be like well-nurtured plants, and our daughters will be like pillars carved to adorn a palace.
13 Our barns will be filled with every kind of provision. Our sheep will increase by thousands, by tens of thousands in our fields;
14 our oxen will draw heavy loads. There will be no breaching of walls, no going into captivity, no cry of distress in our streets.
15 Blessed are the people of whom this is true; blessed are the people whose God is the LORD.
Verse three ask the question “O LORD, what is man that you care for him, the son of man that you think of him?” This is the type question that could be used in a group discussion, as well a question that could be used for self-examination. The phase “son of man” is a phase that leaded me to the books of Ezekiel and Mark. This phase is used at least eighty eight times in the New Testament and in Ezekiel it is used around ninety times as God’s reference to Ezekiel.
Ezekiel 2:3 “And he said unto me, Son of man, I send thee to the children ofIsrael, to a rebellious nation that hath rebelled against me: they and their fathers have transgressed against me, even unto this very day.” Ezekiel was sent as the prophet to Israel during their captivity in Babylon. Ezekiel’s’ message was to a rebellious nation that had rebelled against the way of God. This captivity was a fulfillment of Jeremiah’s prophecy about Israel’s seventy years of captivity (Jeremiah 25:1-14) for Judah’s refuse to repent of their rebellious way. After these seventy years in Babylon the Jewish nation never return to the worship of idols of other Gods.
In Mark 2:2-12 Jesus saw the faith of the four who brought the one that was sick of the palsy and said to him son that sins be forgiven. However, when certain of the scribes heard Jesus, they accused him of blasphemies. But Jesus replied “that ye may know that the Son of man hath power on earth to forgive sins, (he saith to the sick of the palsy,) Arise and take up their bed and walk”. Here , Jesus, the Son of God referred to himself the title Son of man. Jesus took on this title to become the sin offering for mankind. Mark 10:45 “For even the Son of man came not to be ministered unto, but to minister, and to give his life a ransom for many.” So we should learn for Judah’s mistake and repent of our rebellious ways. This offer was made to all, just read John 3:16.