We have heard with our ears, O God, our fathers have told us, what work thou didst in their days, in the times of old.
How thou didst drive out the heathen with thy hand, and plantedst them; how thou didst afflict the people, and cast them out.
For they got not the land in possession by their own sword, neither did their own arm save them: but thy right hand, and thine arm, and the light of thy countenance, because thou hadst a favour unto them.
I want you to think of a time of spiritual victory in life. You finally gave up that last CD, you surrendered that one thing you held back for so long, you started having a better relationship with your parents, you claimed victory over that pet sin at last.
Now who really did that? You? By now we all have learned by experience that no good can come from us, because our hearts are desperately wicked. If we get victory over anything, it is solely because God in His great mercy stooped so low as to pick us up out of the horrible pit and set our feet upon the Rock.
Credit is given to God eight times in the first three verses of Psalm 44. If you feel defeated and discouraged about something life has thrown your way, ask yourself, "How much am I really depending on God for?" You don't have to live discouraged! You don't have to carry those heavy burdens of defeat and guilt! Jesus has fought all your battles for you; it is finished, the battle is over.