Monday, September 23, 2013

PS 60

Ps 60:1 O God, You have cast us off; You have broken us down; You have been displeased; oh, restore us again!
:2 You have made the earth tremble; You have broken it; heal its breaches, for it is shaking.
:3 You have shown Your people hard things; You have made us drink the wine of confusion.
:4 You have given a banner to those who fear You, that it may be displayed because of the truth. Selah
:5 That Your beloved may be delivered, save with Your right hand and hear me.
:6 God has spoken in His holiness: “I will rejoice; I will divide Shechem and measure out the Valley of Succoth.
:7 Gilead is Mine, and Manasseh is Mine; Ephraim also is the helmet for My head; Judah is My lawgiver.
:8 Moab is My washpot; over Edom I will cast My shoe; Philistia, shout in triumph because of Me.”
:9 Who will bring me to the strong city? Who will lead me to Edom?
:10 Is it not You, O God, who cast us off?
And You, O God, who did not go out with our armies?
:11 Give us help from trouble, for the help of man is useless.
:12 Through God we will do valiantly, for it is He who shall tread down our enemies.

This is headed as Urgent Prayer for the Restored Favor of God.

David saw the attack against them as an act of God;s discipline. The people had drifted from their love and obedience to the Lord, They went to church but their hearts were cold. God's conviction began with His gentle prompting to return to Him. When God's mercy was rejected, He used stronger measures to get their attention. Sound familiar? Prayers began to go up, asking the Lord to rescue His people. They finally realized that armies and weapons do not protect them, only the Lord can preserve His people. Don't get me wrong, God will use the armies and weapons, but without God on our side we lose the battle and the war.

Verse 11 and 12 ask for help from God because the help of man is useless. We need God to help us win whatever type of battle we are in. Sometimes man can help, but it is God who brings us through. The best thing others can do is pray for us.

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