In Psalm 60, the mood swings between lamentation and hopeful expectation. The psalmist starts by acknowledging a period of national hardship, even describing how God has rejected and broken the people. However, the tone shifts as the speaker places faith in God's promises for territorial conquest and ultimate victory. The juxtaposition here is striking, illustrating the complex relationship between God's sovereignty and human suffering. While the psalmist is brutally honest about the nation's challenges, there's also an unwavering belief in God’s ability to restore and triumph. Psalm 60 serves as a potent reminder that even in times of perceived abandonment, God's purpose and promise remain—providing a basis for hope and action.

Psalms 60

1  (To the chief Musician upon Shushaneduth, Michtam of David, to teach; when he strove with Aramnaharaim and with Aramzobah, when Joab returned, and smote of Edom in the valley of salt twelve thousand.) O God, thou hast cast us off, thou hast scattered us, thou hast been displeased; O turn thyself to us again.

Thou hast made the earth to tremble; thou hast broken it: heal the breaches thereof; for it shaketh.

3  Thou hast shewed thy people hard things: thou hast made us to drink the wine of astonishment.

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4  Thou hast given a banner to them that fear thee, that it may be displayed because of the truth. Selah.
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5  That thy beloved may be delivered; save with thy right hand, and hear me.

6  God hath spoken in his holiness; I will rejoice, I will divide Shechem, and mete out the valley of Succoth.

7  Gilead is mine, and Manasseh is mine; Ephraim also is the strength of mine head; Judah is my lawgiver;

8  Moab is my washpot; over Edom will I cast out my shoe: Philistia, triumph thou because of me.

9  Who will bring me into the strong city? who will lead me into Edom?

10  Wilt not thou, O God, which hadst cast us off? and thou, O God, which didst not go out with our armies?

11  Give us help from trouble: for vain is the help of man.

12  Through God we shall do valiantly: for he it is that shall tread down our enemies.

End of Psalms 60

1 Year Plan:  May 24 - 1 Kgs 15, 1 Kgs 16,  Ps 59, Ps 60 [next day]

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