PSALM 60 - Brave People Pray 31 Dec 2019

David gained a major military victory. Alas, no. This specific victory was battled by Joab. David stayed at home. 2 Sam 11:1+2 describes the episode just after this battle. David saw Bathsheba. He sends the husband Uriah of her into death.

Heros Praying

With the important battle of Joab, David prayed here in psalm 60. Joab was a brave and god-fearing general. He entrusted the battle to God. Uriah, the husband of Bathsheba was a very brave man; He lived in the fear of God.

After his immoral acts around Bathsheba and Uriah, David prayed.

Brave people as well do pray. They realize that all their bravery is not enough for victory. And certainly bravery is not enough to cover up our faults.

Psalm 60

1 [For the choirmaster.
To the tune 'The decree is a lily'
In a quiet voice. Of David.
To be learnt.
When he was at war with Aram-Naharaim and Aram-Zobah,
and Joab marched back to destroy twelve thousand Edomites in the Valley of Salt]
God, you have rejected us, broken us,
you were angry, come back to us!
2 You made the earth tremble, split it open;
now mend the rifts, it is tottering still.
3 You have forced your people to drink a bitter draught,
forced us to drink a wine that made us reel.
4 You gave a signal to those who fear you
to let them escape out of range of the bow. Pause
5 To rescue those you love,
save with your right hand and answer us.
6 God has spoken from his sanctuary,
'In triumph I will divide up Shechem,
and share out the Valley of Succoth.
7 'Mine is Gilead, mine Manasseh,
Ephraim the helmet on my head,
Judah my commander's baton,
8 'Moab a bowl for me to wash in,
on Edom I plant my sandal.

Now try shouting "Victory!" over me, Philistia!'
9 Who will lead me against a fortified city,
who will guide me into Edom,
10 if not you, the God who has rejected us?
God, you no longer march with our armies.
11 Bring us help in our time of crisis,
any human help is worthless.
12 With God we shall do deeds of valour,
he will trample down our enemies.

Excerpt from THE NEW JERUSALEM BIBLE, copyright (c) 1985 by
Darton, Longman & Todd, Ltd. and Doubleday, a division
of Penguin Random House, Inc. Reprinted by Permission.

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