Psalm 60

While David is waging war in the north, Edom invades Judah. David prays for victory. He is confident that God will help him triumph.

 


 

PRAYING FOR VICTORY

For the Chief Musician. To the tune of “The Lily of the Covenant.” A teaching poem by David, when he fought with Aram Naharaim and with Aram Zobah, and Joab returned, and killed twelve thousand of Edom in the Valley of Salt.

 

VERSE 1. God, you have rejected us. You have broken us down. You have been angry. Restore us, again.

God, you have rejected us. The nation has been defeated. David sees this as a manifestation of divine wrath.

 

VERSE 2. You have made the land tremble. You have torn it. Mend its fractures, for it quakes.

 

VERSE 3. You have shown your people hard things. You have made us drink the wine that makes us stagger.

 

VERSE 4. You have given a banner to those who fear you, that it may be displayed because of the truth. Selah.

You have given a banner. This probably means that God had mustered his people to war.

that it may be displayed. Israel was championing the LORD before other nations.

 

VERSE 5. So that your beloved may be delivered, save with your right hand, and answer us.

right hand. The Bible often mentions “the right hand” of God. That is a position of power and honor. We believe it refers to Jesus Christ. More verses about the right hand.

 

VERSE 6. God has spoken from his sanctuary: “I will triumph. I will divide Shechem, and measure out the valley of Succoth.

I will triumph. David quotes God as saying he will give Israel victory.

 

VERSE 7. Gilead is mine, and Manasseh is mine. Ephraim also is the defense of my head. Judah is my scepter.

 

VERSE 8. Moab is my wash basin. I will throw my shoe on Edom. I shout in triumph over Philistia.”

 

VERSE 9. Who will bring me into the strong city? Who has led me to Edom?

 

VERSE 10. Haven’t you, God, rejected us? You don’t go out with our armies, God.

 

VERSE 11. Give us help against the adversary, for the help of man is vain.

the help of man is vain. David acknowledges that they need divine rescue.

 

VERSE 12. Through God we shall do valiantly, for it is he who will tread down our adversaries.

 


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