Psalm 60 is a prayer for restoration, a plea for God to once again fight for His people to give them victory. Written by David, the psalm describes a time when God allowed His people to experience desperate times.
O God, you have rejected us, broken our defenses;
you have been angry; oh, restore us. (v. 1 ESV)
You have shown your people desperate times… (v. 3)
Confident in God’s love and promises, David asks God to deliver His people.
Save us and help us with your right hand,
that those you love may be delivered. (v. 4-5)
David recognizes that only God can give them victory over the enemy. David attributes defeat to the armies going out to fight alone, without God’s aid. He makes a plea for God to fight with them and on their behalf.
Is it not you, O God, you who have rejected us
and no longer go out with our armies?
Give us aid against the enemy,
for the help of man is worthless.
With God we will gain the victory,
and he will trample down our enemies. (v. 10-12)
How does Psalm 60 help us today?
Psalm 60 reminds us that God sometimes allows His people to experience desperate times. When times are hard, it can seem as if God is rejecting us in anger. In times like these, we can cry out like David, “Oh, restore us!”
Psalm 60 also reminds us that God’s truth is a banner that those who fear Him can run to in difficult times.
You have set up a banner for those who fear you,
that they may flee to it from the bow. (v. 4 ESV)
In verses 6-8, David quotes promises God made about the land of Israel. This truth is a reminder that God will ultimately bring victory over Israel’s enemies.
For the Lord your God is the one who goes with you to fight for you against your enemies to give you victory. Deuteronomy 20:4
Psalm 60 reminds us to run to God’s promises that today’s defeat is temporary. God’s ultimate victory is guaranteed.
But thanks be to God! He gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ. 1 Corinthians 15:57
For everyone born of God overcomes the world. This is the victory that has overcome the world, even our faith. 1 John 5:4
When you were dead in your sins…God made you alive with Christ. He forgave us all our sins, having canceled the charge of our legal indebtedness, which stood against us and condemned us; he has taken it away, nailing it to the cross. And having disarmed the powers and authorities, he made a public spectacle of them, triumphing over them by the cross. Colossians 2:13-15
Psalm 60 reminds us that the help of man is worthless against spiritual enemies. Only God can give us aid against the enemy. God has given us His weapons for spiritual battle.
Finally, be strong in the Lord and in his mighty power. Put on the full armor of God, so that you can take your stand against the devil’s schemes. For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms. Therefore put on the full armor of God, so that when the day of evil comes, you may be able to stand your ground, and after you have done everything, to stand. Stand firm then, with the belt of truth buckled around your waist, with the breastplate of righteousness in place, and with your feet fitted with the readiness that comes from the gospel of peace. In addition to all this, take up the shield of faith, with which you can extinguish all the flaming arrows of the evil one. Take the helmet of salvation and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God.
And pray in the Spirit on all occasions with all kinds of prayers and requests. With this in mind, be alert and always keep on praying for all the Lord’s people. Ephesians 6:10-18
So when you feel defeated, ask God to come to your aid.
Ask Him to restore you.
Trust His love and His promises.
Remember, the enemy was defeated at the cross.
Put on the full armor of God.
And run to the banner of this truth:
With God we will gain the victory,
and he will trample down our enemies. (v. 12)
Father, I thank You that You did what I could never do. You defeated the enemy, securing victory over sin and death on the cross. You have given me spiritual weapons to fight the enemy. I put on the full armor of God and take my stand today. Thank You for fighting for me and with me. Help me today. Victory comes from You alone. In Jesus’ name, Amen.