Words in italic type have been added for clarity. They are not found in the original Hebrew or Aramaic.
What should I learn from this chapter?
- God is our Defense and Salvation
Urgent Prayer for the Restored Favor of God
To the Chief Musician. Set to “Lily of the Testimony.” (Heb. Shushan Eduth) A Michtam of David. For teaching. 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 O God, You have cast us off;
You have broken us down;
You have been displeased;
Oh, restore us again!
Psalm 60:2 You have made the earth tremble;
You have broken it;
Heal its breaches, for it is shaking.
Psalm 60:3 You have shown Your people hard things;
You have made us drink the wine of confusion (staggering).
Psalm 60:4 You have given a banner (flag) to those who fear You,
That it may be displayed because of the truth. Selah
- D.L. Moody told the story of a man who left England and came to America. He was an Englishman, but he was naturalized and became an American citizen. After a few years he felt restless and dissatisfied. He went to Cuba. After he had been in Cuba a little while, a civil war broke out there. It was in 1867. This man was arrested by the Spanish government as a spy. He was tried by a court martial and found guilty and ordered to be shot. The whole trail was conducted in Spanish and the poor man did not know what was going on. When they told him the verdict, that he was found guilty and he had been condemned to be shot, he sent to the American consul and the British consul and laid the whole case before them, proving his innocence and asking for help.
- They examined the case and discovered that the man was perfectly innocent. They went to the Spanish authorities and said, “This man whom you have condemned to death is an innocent man. He is not guilty.” But the authorities said, “He has been tried by law. He has been found guilty. He must die.”
- There was no cable, so these government leaders could not contact their countries. The morning came for the execution. The man was brought out and marched to the place where he was to die. A grave was dug. A coffin was placed beside the grave. A black hood was pulled down over the man’s face. The soldiers waited the order to fire. Just then the American and British consuls rode up. The British consul jumped out of the carriage and took the Union Jack, the British flag, and wrapped it around the man. Then the American consul wrapped around him the Star Spangled Banner. Then turning to the Spanish officers they said, “Fire upon that man and you fire upon those flags and all they represent – the two great governments behind those flags.”
- The faithful are wrapped in the flag of God’s kingdom. When evil fires upon them, they fire upon God’s kingdom and all that it represents.
- Isaiah 11:10 “And in that day there shall be a Root of Jesse, Who shall stand as a banner to the people; For the Gentiles shall seek Him, And His resting place shall be glorious.”
- The Root of Jesse is Jesus who legally descended from King David, the son of Jesse.
Psalm 60:5 That Your beloved may be delivered,
Save with Your right hand, and hear me.
- The king’s right hand is the prince. God’s right hand is Jesus and His name translated means “salvation”.