As divided and battered as our country might feel this year in light of a global pandemic, there have been far worse times in our history and in the history of nations -- worldwide wars, genocide, communist tyranny. Who will lead me to Edom? Today Today we we. But we need to move on to recognize that God is still on the battlefield, his flag is still flying and we can rally around him, around truth. With this Psalm, David calls on Israel to once again fear … Interestingly, even though David was in a life-threatening situation, the psalm contains no prayer. The Devotional – Beginning a look at Psalm 60 (Part 2) Comment: When is the last time you thought about the way in which you communicate with others. O God, thou hast cast us off, thou hast scattered us, thou hast been displeased; O turn thyself to us again.” Psalm 60:1. A Bible Devotion from Psalm 60The Help of Man is Useless, 11 Give us help from trouble, for the help of man is useless. He failed at the most basic function -- keeping them secure. In keeping with ancient near eastern theology, the responsibility for this catastrophe rests with God, even though it was the result of purposeful human actions. David doesn’t confess any national sins or pray a prayer of repentance, so perhaps he doesn’t connect the actions of God with a particular reason, other than to suggest that God is angry (presumably for good reason). This may be what David is assuming here, there’s just no way to know. When you stand up to him, he leaves you alone. Today’s devotional meditation is taken from Psalm 60. The help of man is useless. The first four verses of the psalm suggest this type of national disaster followed by a prayer for victory. Speak to God about your adversary to living out today in peace and productivity. Don't be deceived by such thinking; God is not mocked. They were initially dumbfounded at their defeat at Ai until it came to light that there was “sin in the camp”. The treading down of our foes recalls the prediction of Genesis 3 that the seed of woman would crush the serpent’s head. Posted by Grace Fellowship Church on Friday, June 12, 2020. The response to Edom’s attack is to counter attack, invade their country and besiege their city. The god of this world is man. 10 The hills were covered with its shadow, and the mighty cedars with its boughs. This is an apt description of western civilization today. David hasn’t seen this victory, but he can see God’s promise fulfilled to Abraham in the parceling of land, and this gives him assurance that God is a promise keeper and worthy of his trust. Pray today that God would fill you with the awareness of His angel of protection who never leaves your side. Perhaps the nation will be healed only when we pray with David and seek God’s help, believe in his sovereignty, and trust in his victory. Restore us O God. This verse forms the central prayer of the psalm. 2 Thou hast made the earth to tremble; thou hast broken it: heal the breaches thereof; for it shaketh. Having described the geography of Israel and implying the fulfillment of God’s covenant promise to give Abraham the land that he walked up, God turns to Israel’s neighbors to the east, south, and west. 11 Oh, grant us help against the foe, for vain is the salvation of man! Recall the episode in Joshua 7:1 where one member of the community, Aachan, disobeys God and the entire nation suffers for it. 33:18 When he fought against Mesopotamia and Syria of Zobah, and Joab returned and killed twelve thousand Edomites in the Valley of Salt. Psalm 60:1-12 THIS psalm has evidently a definite historical background. However, the following verse recalls the earlier lament of the psalm, God had seemed to reject his people and stayed behind when their armies went out. Every nation wants security -- the ability to work the land without fear that someone is going to invade and steal it from you. Jesus is the salvation of God, his holy arm with whom he delivers his beloved. David asks three questions in quick succession, but it’s really just one repeated for emphasis. A culture that has abandoned truth is stumbling drunk, questioning everything, seeing things that shouldn’t be, indeed, causing them. God’s just anger is surely deserved, and we shouldn’t be surprised if the land feels ripped open while structures totter on the verge of collapse. If this disaster has a spiritual cause, David’s spiritual solution will come later in the psalm when he asks for God’s intervention, declares God’s sovereignty over the nations and trusts that victory will ultimately be theirs. For teaching. Contribute a Devotional. As Abraham Kuyper said, “There is not one square inch in all of creation over which Jesus, who is Lord of all, does not declare, ‘mine’”. Psalm 60:11-12, NKJV. 12 Through God we will do valiantly, for it is He who shall tread down our enemies. Psalm 80 A Bible Devotion from Psalm 80 Our Destiny 8 You have brought a vine out of Egypt; You have cast out the nations, and planted it. I find these Psalms eerily applicable to the virus that we battle today. To [the tune of] "The Lily of the Covenant." Search Results for: "Psalm 60:" Giants Or Grasshoppers? David stood up to these four nations and the result was 40+ years of peace. A miktam[ b] of David. “With God will shall do valiantly”. To the choirmaster: according to Shushan Eduth. The psalm opens with a very lengthy superscription linking this psalm with the events recorded in 2 Samuel 8:1-14 and its parallel in 1 Chronicles 18:1-13. Meditating on God’s promises, the psalmist anticipates victory, which will cover defeat and perfect partial successes, and seeks to breathe his own spirit of confidence into the ranks of his countrymen. If we trust in men or in things, we’re depending on that which is lighter than breath (62:9). And sin is not an individual act; it always affects others. How can I be praying for you today? It may also be likened to what happens to the bully on the playground. We pray, and we see His answers. As the helmet, Ephraim was a defensive buffer to the north, thwarting invasions from Syria. David’s goal is security for his nation, and his method is to conquer the four nations bordering Israel and exact tribute from them. 9 Who will bring me to the fortified city? Then we hear the voice of God, not the psalmist as He makes his boast. 8 Moab is my washbasin; upon Edom I cast my shoe; over Philistia I shout in triumph.” [Revocalization (compare Psalm 108:10); Masoretic Text over me, O Philistia, shout in triumph]. Helpful thoughts: Nothing else we might put our trust in comes close to the faithfulness and power of God. Rosemary Renninson. David was not allowed to build the temple because there was so much blood on his hands. Even though you cannot see this angel, he is there. God speaks, either more generally “out of his holiness” to the heart of David or specifically, “from his sanctuary” (presumably from a prophet at the temple communicating that message to David and the people through him). One can’t blame the Edomites for taking advantage of this situation, knowing that they are probably next on David’s list. For teaching. master, master, according according according to Shoshone Edith, Edith a.m. A. a.m. a.m. … Devotional Psalm 60:11. How many do you know who understand and believe verse 11? This could also be translated that Philistia is shouting, but that wouldn’t really make sense. His son Solomon would maintain those borders and between the two of them, create what was the golden age of Israel -- wealth, peace, and cultural creation. Nor should anyone else. All our devotionals are contributed by our readers on a voluntary basis. Being a king in the ancient world was not for the faint hearted, and I will not presume to judge him from the comforts of my twenty-first century easy chair where I enjoy the fruits of peace and security that were bought with the blood of soldiers. These are the words of Isaiah 52-53 as well as Isaiah describes God baring his holy arm in the sight of the nations, followed by a description of Jesus, the suffering messiah. In order to achieve this security, nations like to have the luxury of maintaining a buffer zone, an area around the nation where any fighting will happen, rather than happening in one’s own country. David has been wildly successful against the Philistines and Moabites, and is currently fighting the Syrians in the north. Always. The early verses of this Psalm give an overview of the history of Israel through the time of the judges and Saul’s reign. The psalmist lays blame for the nation’s woes at the hand of God, saying that he has made his people see hard things. Also, I’d love to hear your thoughts on this scripture so comment on th… The help of man is useless. The psalm teaches us that it’s okay to be angry and frustrated with God, to acknowledge feelings of disappointment and abandonment. This seems to be a God-given right, the right to property (This is why “thou shalt not steal” is one of the ten commandments). 11 Give us help from trouble, for the help of man is useless. Recall that it is the Edomites who are likely the attacking army in this psalm. Ask different groups of people and they will tell you different sins, but most everyone will acknowledge that as a society we have wronged others -- racism, abortion, pornography, rampant dishonesty (mostly on  Twitter) -- the list is long. He invites the people to flee toward that banner, toward truth. The main theme of the psalm is the right and wrong objects of faith. The psalmist is declaring that in the midst of chaos, God’s banner is still waving for those who will look to it and find courage. What this geography lesson shows is that God keeps his promises to Abraham, even if it took a thousand years. David hasn’t given up on God even though it feels like God has given up on his people. We are reeling and need to rally around the banner of truth, the reality of God and his moral law. The language in these verses is appropriate for many nations for many times in history. Humanity’s two primary foes would be defeated in the span of 3 days. Lately I have sensed a rising trend in people; civilian and military caught in IMPROPER fear. A setback can make us stagger and wonder what to do next. 1 60:1 Probably musical or liturgical terms; 2 60:4 Or that it may be displayed because of truth; 3 60:6 Or sanctuary; 4 60:8 Revocalization (compare Psalm 108:10); Masoretic Text over me, … No one created us, we evolved; that makes us the highest being! Psalm 60 – Unforeseen discipline. Of course David is from the tribe of Judah, the tribe predicted by Jacob to rule, even though Judah was the fourth son. In this spiritual realm, man is truly useless; his power comes from Christ or Satan, and there is no other! This is reflected in the Latin names for right (dexter) and left (sinister). / Through God we will do valiantly, / For it is He who shall tread down our enemies.” September 2nd, 2017 by Pastor Ed in devotional. While there is the language of an earthquake, this is metaphorical of the massive disruption that a marauding army can cause -- physically destroying things, stealing everything they desire, raping women, kidnapping children, killing and abusing people randomly for intimidation, and causing populations to flee and become refugees in other countries. You do not go forth, O God, with our armies. In the midst of David’s battle, he was clearly focusing on … 11 She sent out her boughs to the Sea, and her branches to the River. David asks rhetorically, “Who will lead us in this attack?”, and the implied answer is God, the one who has tossed his sandal on Edom and declared it “mine”. 3 Thou hast shewed thy people hard things: thou hast made us to drink… You won't find a bunch of platitudes or Christian fluff. We know and understand perfectly our intended conversation to another. “Are you with us?” It’s a question that we often ask of God when things aren’t going well. We live in a culture today that believes the opposite: the help of God is useless. Ephraim is described as the “helmet”, and represented the northern kingdom of Israel. King David and the army were experiencing a military setback. By Leah Virgin • September 14, 2019 • 0 Comments. The banner was a signal flag used by the military to communicate during the fog of war. Psalm 60 1 Psalm 60 For the director of music. When he fought Aram Naharaim [] and Aram Zobah, [] and when Joab returned and struck down twelve thousand Edomites in the Valley of Salt. While David has been very successful in leading his armies to victory over the nations that surround Israel, at this moment he is giving credit to God and calling on Him for success. They have seen things they never thought they would have seen, traumatic experiences that were completely unexpected, things that you can’t unsee. The remaining tribe is Judah who is described as being the scepter, the law-giver, literally, the “inscriber”. We all go through unexpected setbacks. It will be another 1,000 years before God fulfills his ultimate promise to bless Abraham’s seed (plural, descendants) through Abraham’s seed (singular, Jesus). God is declaring complete victory in this conflict and a preemptive celebration is in order. 10 Have you not rejected us, O God? Psalm 60 – From Defeat to Victory in God. These verses suggest a national catastrophe as a result of a foreign invasion. Feel free to read along in the show notes below. Set to “Lily of the Testimony.” A Michtam of David. The right hand is synonymous with strength -- presumably because the majority of people are right-handed, so the right hand is the favored hand, used more often, stronger than the left. 6 God has spoken in his holiness: [sanctuary] “With exultation I will divide up Shechem and portion out the Vale of Succoth. Sounds pretty convincing, doesn't it? God and his truth are the rally point for cultural survival. Israel has been worsted in fight, but still continues its campaign against Edom. 1 O God, thou hast cast us off, thou hast scattered us, thou hast been displeased; O turn thyself to us again. Psalm 60:11–12: “Give us help from trouble, / For the help of man is useless. I grabbed a few paper towels that were on the coffee table, but without even starting to clean, I dropped those after realizing I needed something far more greater for the situation. Gilead lies north of Succoth and represents the northeastern part of the country corresponding with Ephraim and Manasseh to the west of Gilead and north of Shechem. Now the process of standing up to the bullies was bloody, deadly, and very ugly (including the killing of POWs). This was assumed. Thou hast… (Psalm 60) 300109 The first four verses are full of “Thou hast” in NASB, or “You have” in NKJV and NIV. In Hebrew, the word valiantly here is a noun that typically means strength or efficiency, and is often connected with military might but also courage, as in “David’s mighty men”, and “men of valor.” Knowing that God is helping us, gives us courage to move into the battle. David’s assurance of this was past history, looking back to previous victories and the success of his armies in the past, securing vast swaths of land as buffers between Israel and potential rivals. we we are are on 60 60, you you. The Psalms are too gritty and honest for that. Psalm 60[ a]( A) For the director of music. Don't look around you in discouragement and wonder where God is. A Bible Devotion from Psalm 60The Help of Man is Useless. A Miktam of David; for instruction; when he strove with Aram-naharaim and with Aram-zobah, and when Joab on his return struck down twelve thousand of Edom in the Valley of Salt. This is a tricky verse to translate as the word “truth” only occurs here and in Proverbs 22:21. 5 That your beloved ones may be delivered, give salvation by your right hand and answer us! The psalm itself seems to have been composed during this time of conquest by David. The narratives in 2 Samuel and 1 Chronicles do not suggest this, but the superscription and the content of the psalm indicate the Edomites may have taken advantage of David’s absence while fighting the Syrians to invade Israel from the south. And yet, David trusts that the nation is still “beloved” by God and that God will answer his prayer even now, that they will be delivered from this calamity, that they will see God’s strong right hand intervene and answer his appeal. Difficulties can be a major disturbance in our lives, and cause us to be in a confused state. 4 You have set up a banner for those who fear you, that they may flee to it from the bow. ... Daily Devotional | Psalm 68 (April 3, 2020) - Duration: 33:18. The action hasn’t taken place, but David envisions it through the eyes of faith. This victory was won in the garden, in prayer, before the actual battle on the cross. They are wonderful days, but something happens. Devotional: Psalm 40. If we trust in God, we’re secure. Communication is one of our common problems; what we say to others is often misunderstood. Wes Auden talks to us about intercessory prayer whilst showing off his beautiful garden! The Sinner/Saint Devotional: 60 Days in the Psalms: Amazon.es: Daniel Emery Price: Libros en idiomas extranjeros He is always there, and always ready to fight the forces of Satan to protect you. And yet in this catastrophe God has set up a banner for those who fear him. Men marry men, men become women, boys become girls, babies are suctioned from their mother’s wombs in the name of sexual freedom, adult happiness is ultimate and the kids will be okay. He cleans up his feet in Moab, the land to the east of the Dead Sea suggesting a dirty basin of water, indicating that they would be in service to Israel, and he tosses his shoes on Edom, a symbolic gesture of ownership. Miraculously we see his blessings in our lives. Our assurance of victory is also secured by looking to the past, to the ultimate “God with us” experience -- the incarnation of Jesus, who literally walked these same lands. What an amazing truth is taught in verse 11. Psalm 60:11-12, NKJV. The Devotional – Beginning a look at Psalm 60 (Part 1) The Devotional – Beginning a look at Psalm 60 (Part 1) Comment: One does not have to be in a military service to feel the effects of war or persecution. This page is a part of Latin-English book of Psalms, Catholic Public Domain Version, a new translation of the Latin Vulgate, using the Douay-Rheims as a guide by SacredBible.org. choir Master. [that it may be displayed because of truth] Selah. What may seem impossible to man is always possible with God. Each of the 150 Psalms comes under intense scrutiny as Lockyer mines its treasures for today's reader. ... To sign up for a free subscription to receive the PresbyCan Daily Devotional in your inbox every day, click here. {60:9} So I will compose a psalm to your name, forever and ever, so that I may repay my vows from day to day. There is something dissociative about the experience with alcohol, it both numbs and immobilizes, so that you are not fully there. These histories describe how David systematically subdued nations on all sides -- Philistia, Moab, Syria, and Edom. I think this shows a deeper understanding that is innate in all of us. the Super script here here the the situation situation situation to to to the the the choir choir cho. Recall the opening scene of The Passion of the Christ, where Jesus is praying in the garden and his last act before being betrayed by a friend is to stomp on the head of a serpent. It feels like He is angry and it looks like he has rejected them, abandoning them when they needed him most. Circumstances may suggest that we are alone, but David is fueled by the previous vision of reality - God is in control; He is sovereign over the nations; He is with us. This spiritual realm is not under the bidding of man; rather, man is led by this spiritual realm. You do have a guardian angel who never leaves your side. 2 You have made the land to quake; you have torn it open; repair its breaches, for it totters. Warfare is always rough on civilian populations, as the African proverb reminds us: When the elephants fight it is the grass that suffers. He IS longsuffering which we tend to interpret as He is not there. The seed of Abraham and the Root of Jesse (David) are both descriptive terms of Jesus, and the psalm reminds us of God’s certain victory even when it is still future. The prayer is that God would help the nation against her foes, and this is undergirded by a bit of desperation -- “there’s no help from man (adam).” A recognition of our dependence on God is central to prayer because it is an indicator of the absence of pride. Or watch it here. Modern readers may be put off by this psalm, it’s promotion of conquest and its nationalism, but we shouldn’t be too quick to judge. Next: Psalm 61, Lead Me to the Rock that is Higher than I, More Devotions on the 60th Psalm from my blog, Daily Bible Devotions, Psalm 60Psalms 1 - 40Psalms 41 - 84Psalms 85 - 118Psalm 119Psalms 120 -150 Daily Bible Devotions Home, linda@devotional-reflections-from-the-Bible.com, Psalm 61, Lead Me to the Rock that is Higher than I. It is as if God has given them an alcoholic beverage that caused them to stumble about, in a fog, shocked at what is happening to them. Where is He then? He had somehow managed to get the top off his sippy cup and subsequently painted our sofa with his milk. When he fought Aram Naharaim[ c] and Aram Zobah,[ d] and when Joab returned and struck down twelve thousand Edomites in the Valley of Salt. The psalmist clearly understands that God is in control of everything, the big word for it is sovereign. To the choirmaster: according to Shushan Eduth. He […] Beginning with the land of Israel, he declares his sovereignty over the land. Psalms Audio courtesy of The Boston Catholic Journal. Daily Devotional | Psalm 60 (March 24, 2020) Trinity Bible Church. He is God's servant ready to do God's bidding at all times, and he is not bound by the forces of nature. And so David speaks truth to the situation. Look at the great achievements made in the last 100 years! Psalm 59-60 Devotional on March 23, 2020 Get link; Facebook; Twitter; Pinterest; Email; Other Apps; Colorful, poetic, and explicit are the pleas for God's attention to rescue and more subtle plea to vindicate the enemy or "wicked transgressor." What an amazing truth is taught in verse 11. Hi, this is Ricky and our Daily Devotional today is found in Psalm 60. In doing so he extended the boundaries and influence of Israel to its farthest extent ever. Shechem is the heart of western half of the country that sat astride the great travel route through the land,  and the fertile Valley of Succoth lies east of the Jordan (representing the eastern half of the country). Psalm 60 Devotional. Psalm 60 also has one of the longest descriptive titles given to it. Psalm 60 Devotional. He shouts in triumph over Philistia, the nation to the west that had been a long-time enemy of Israel and David personally. 12 Through God we will do valiantly, for it is He who shall tread down our enemies. There is a true spiritual realm in which God reigns with His angels, and Satan constantly attacks and devours with his evil angels. 1 60:1 Probably musical or liturgical terms; 2 60:4 Or that it may be displayed because of truth; 3 60:6 Or sanctuary; 4 60:8 Revocalization (compare Psalm 108:10); Masoretic Text over me, … 12 With God we shall do valiantly; it is he who will tread down our foes. We are told that this psalm’s background is when David “fought with Aram Naharaim and Aram Zobah, and when Joab returned and struck down twelve thousand Edomites in the Valley of Salt.” This descriptive title points us to the events of 2 Samuel 8:1-14. To the tune of “The Lily of the Covenant.”. We are his beloved and he will save us with his own right hand. God’s ultimate beatdown of our enemies would take place one Passover weekend in Jerusalem. 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