Posted: December 7, 2010
Let us conclude our study this week of Psalm 60 and verses 9-12. We have found in this Psalm that David was fighting in the extreme north when fighting breaks out with Edom in the extreme south. Our theme has been when battlefronts change. We have learned that God will often let trouble breakout in the areas we thought ourselves the strongest. We have looked in verses 1-3 at a great defeat, verses 4-5 and a great deliverance, and verses 6-8 a great dependency.
This week I draw our attention in verses 9-12 to a great declaration. In verse nine I see a solid declaration. It is in this verse the declaration comes in the form of a question. Who will bring me into the strong city? We know from our study that the strong city of Edom was a place called Petra. The word means city of the rock. It was a high and lofty place that was literally impregnable, inaccessible, and unconquerable once one had settled at its top. David’s request for Joab in the South was Lord lead him to a rock that is higher than himself. You can almost hear in the background of this verse the words to the old song being sung; on Christ the solid rock I stand all other ground is sinking sand. When battle fronts change and war breaks out in areas you thought yourself strong let us run to the rock that is higher than us.
In verses 10-11a I find a sure declaration. David says Lord I realize you had to cast us all and let us go out to battle without you. David probably realized he took too much for granted and did not seek the Lord. The God who casts them off and forsook is still the God of mercy and in faith David cleaves to Him. In verse 10a David says Lord, give us help from trouble. When God casts them off and forsakes David still finds himself trusting in Him though He slays Him. Let us not forget that our God might cast us all and forsake us, but He is willing to help us quickly if we will but draw nigh Him.
In verse 11b there is a spiritual declaration. David has sought the help of God, although it is Joab who is in the South fighting with Edom. David says, for vain is the help of man. David realized what many years later the Puritan William Gurnall would put in words when he said, “great earthly generals find their strength in their troops. The eternal troops of the redeemed find their strength in their general.” Let us be assured man will always fail us, but God has never failed us yet. In Hebrews 13:5 the Lord says for I will never leave you nor forsake you. The Psalmist later wrote in 118:9 it is better to trust in the Lord than to put confidence in princesses. Jeremiah said, cursed is the man who trusted in the arm of the flesh.
Let us look lastly at verse 12 and a sovereign declaration. Remember from our text study, David is in the extreme north while Joab is in the extreme south and David does not know how the battle goes. In verse 12 on two occasions he uses the word ‘shall’ which is a word of definite confidence. It gives the appearance of calling the things that are not as though they were. It is amazing when God lets us know more spiritually of the circumstances then we know physically. David says through God we shall win this battle. He says with confidence that the Lord shall tread down our enemies. Only a sovereign God could give David such an assurance of victory in a battle that he knows not how it is going. When our battlefronts change don't try to fight them ourselves but, look to the God who fights all our battles and be still and see the deliverance of God become yours.