“Thou hast given a banner to them that fear thee, that it may be displayed because of the truth.” — Psalm 60:4. And borne aloft thy truth divine. Verse 3. Verse 5. That is to say, I will possess myself of them and rule over them; not as a conqueror over slaves, but as a lord over subjects, as a father over children, owning and acknowledging them as mine. But the mentioning of these chief generals, by whom the service was performed, is another. It even includes Mesopotamia, which is a term of physical rather than political geography, and denotes the space between the Tigris and Euphrates, corresponding to Aram Naharaim, or Syria of the Two Rivers, in the verse before us. What is to be done with it. He appears, therefore, to have combined all these transactions, and made them the subject of this Psalm. ( B) He who proved to us our need of him by showing us what poor creatures we are without him, will now reveal the glory of his help by conducting great enterprises to a noble issue. The salvation must be a right royal and eminent one, such as only the omnipotent hand of God linked with his dexterous wisdom can achieve. It is meet that desires for good things should flow from good motives. Ye people, pour out your heart before him:-. In war these two must be joined, and indeed in all actions: HE, we; God and man. Verse 1. YOUNG painters were anxious, in the olden times, to study under the great masters. "—Psalm 60:8 . Verse 3. We may by faith ask for and expect that our extremity will be God's opportunity; special and memorable deliverances will be wrought out when dire calamities appear to be imminent. "They overcame through the blood of the Lamb, "shall yet be said of all who rest in the power of Jesus. Live up to thy privileges, take the good which God provides thee. O that our King, the true David, were come to claim the earth, for the kingdom is the Lord's, and he is the governor among the nations. When he strove with Aramnaharaim and with Aramzobah. His were the politics of piety, which after all are the wisest and most profound. Thou hast been displeased. The Lord has called back to himself his servants, and commissioned them for his service, presenting them with a standard to be used in his wars. We know no lawgiver, but the King who came out of Judah. by Steve Owen At first reading this seems a rather strange Psalm. The work remains in print today in several editions. Succoth. A man is stronger when he goeth on his feet alone, than when he standeth by a grip in his infancy, or leaneth on a staff in his old age: the two feet of faith and hope serve us best when we are fixed on the Rock of Sion alone. Astonishing sin followed by astonishing chastisements, discoveries of corruption, of the spirituality of the law, of the terrors of divine wrath, and by astonishing depressions, temptations, and conflicts. Thou hast showed thy people hard things. "Moab is my washpot. Study Psalm using Charles H. Spurgeon’s Treasury of David to better understand Scripture with full outline and verse meaning. The Treasury of David by Charles Spurgeon is a Bible commentary on the book of Psalms chapters. And yet, that being done, the work is his: "He shall tread down; "the blow and the overthrow are not to be attributed to us, but to him. Now in the church, and in matters of religion, this one Head is Christ, even that Lion of the tribe of Judah, as he is called (Re 5:5). Study Psalm 59 using Charles H. Spurgeon’s Treasury of David to better understand Scripture with full outline and verse meaning. To penetrate, to reach the citadel for Jesus. Franz Delitzsch. "Moab is my washpot. Set to “Lily of the Testimony.” A Michtam of David. Verse 8. Neglect or actual sin; a subject for self examination. We have not lost our banner but gained theirs, and brought it away in triumph. Copyright © 2001 by Phillip R. Johnson. Psalms 90:1. It is one thing to attribute the victory for the honour of the king that was the cause. From him shall the might proceed, to him shall the honour be given. Prayer of a church in low condition. Faith is never happier than when it can fall back upon the promise of God. David treats his foes as but insignificant and inconsiderable; a whole nation he counts but as a footbath for his kingdom. I will divide Shechem, etc. To these the addition of Gilead (which contained the whole region of Bashan, etc., on the other side of Jordan), and then the mention of Manasseh and Ephraim, are designed, as by so many parts, to denote the kingdom of Israel, or the ten tribes; and their being his, and the strength of his head, notes him to be the Lord over them, and to make use of their strength in his wars, for the defending or enlarging his dominions. The combined Aramean tribes sought to overcome Israel, but were signally defeated. 4. The strong and warlike tribe of Ephraim being to the state what the helmet is to the warriors in battle; or, perhaps the allusion is to De 33:17: "His glory is like the firstling of his bullock, and his horns are like the horns of unicorns: with them he shall push the nations." That is, by Samuel he hath promised, as he is an holy God, and true of his word, that I should be king of all Israel, and now he hath performed it. 12. Study the bible online using commentary on Psalm 60 and more! WHEN we seek any good thing from God, we ought also to consider how we may use it for his glory. The believer owning no law but that which comes from Christ. Answer. We naturally expect after such as inscription, joy, congratulation, and praise for victory; but the psalmist breaks out into lamentations and bitter complaints: his strains are, however, changed, when he has proceeded as far as verse three, where he begins to feel confidence, and to employ the language of exultation and triumph. This psalm is titled To the Chief Musician. I will divide Shechem. Astonishing evils bring with them astonishing results. A rallying point, meant to fight under, etc. Verse 4. Von der Rose des Zeugnisses, Grundtext: Nach "Lilie des Zeugnisses". Eloquence, learning, wit, none of these can force the gate, but there is One who can. And the house of such a man was called domus discalceati, that is to say, "The house of him that hath his shoe loosed." A Michtam of David. Verse 6. Selah. Save with thy right hand, and hear me. 1. The wicked as we see in them the evil, the fruit, and the punishment of sin, shall help on the purification of the saints. Easily are we victors when Omnipotence leads the way. Though thou didst for a time give up thine Israel into the hands of their enemies, thou hast now given them an assurance of thy having received them under thy protection. But the people must "not meddle with Mount Seir; for God would not give them thereof so much as a foot's breadth; "yet ever the place whereon the soles of their feet should tread, from the wilderness of Lebanon and from the river Euphrates unto the utmost sea, should be theirs. And smote of Edom in the valley of salt twelve thousand. but if he withdraw his presence we tremble at the fall of a leaf. Secondly, applying it to the kingdom of Christ. The Lord’s Control over the Nations (60:6-8). Thou hast given a banner, etc. In our version it is a prayer; in the Septuagint an expression of faith—"Thou wilt return.". For the choir director: A psalm # 60:TITLE Hebrew miktam. Thomas S. Millington, in "The Testimony of the Heathen to the Truths of Holy Writ," 1863. A banner, which is a sign or instrument: 1. Moab is my washpot. Healing for the Wounded — Psalm 147:3 54. Christ our Passover — 1 Corinthians 5:7 → Israel might well come forth boldly, for a sacred standard was borne aloft before them. "I myself will awake early. "—Psalm 65:1-2 We have met with the title of this Psalm before, in Psalms 4, 6, 54, and 55, but with this difference, that in the present case the word is in the singular number: the Psalm itself is very personal, and well adapted for the private devotion of a single individual. Urgent distress puts men upon pressing and bold petitions such as this. The lilies of the testimony—means, that this Psalm has for its chief subject something very lovely and cheering in the law; namely, the words of promise quoted in the beginning of verse six, according to which the land of Canaan belonged to the Israelites, upon which is thus established the confidence expressed in Ps 60:6-8, with respect to their right of property over the land, and their possession of it. Verse 7. Matthew Poole. 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. Title. Verse 10. The English comedian, Stephen Fry, entitled his autobiography, 'Moab is my Washpot' (v8 ), presumably because he found the words quaint or humorous. ACCORDING to the judgment of Calvin, and some of the ablest commentators, there is a kind of pettishness in this verse. Albert Barnes. Verse 8. That is, presaging nothing but ruin and downfall, unless it be speedily underpropped, and the breaches thereof made up and healed. Verse 6. The grapes of the vineyard of sin produce a wine which fills the most hardened with anguish when justice compels them to quaff the cup. Whole Psalm. So contrary is it to the express warnings of the divine Lawgiver, and so much …, Praises and Vows Accepted in Zion The basin into which the water falls when it is poured from an ewer upon my feet. The text is a very remarkable expression, and might …, Moab is My Washpot Shechem was an important portion of the country, which as yet had not yielded to his government; but he saw that by Jehovah's help it would be, and indeed was all his own. Yes, the chastising God is our only hope. Thou hast given a banner, etc. The remarkable order of these words suggests that—. Moab in the East, Edom in the South, and Philistia in the West (the North is not mentioned, because the banner of David had already been victorious there.) That it may be displayed because of the truth. Psalm 60 (Masoretic numbering; psalm 59 in Greek numbering) of the Book of Psalms is addressed "to the chief Musician upon Shushaneduth Michtam of David, when he strove with Aramnaharaim and with Aramzobah, when Joab returned, and smote of Edom in the valley of salt twelve thousand.". Many superficial readers have imagined that it harps upon one string and abounds in pious repetitions and redundancies. 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