Psalms 60

Prayer in Difficult Times

1For the choir director: according to “The Lily of Testimony.”
Possibly a tune; Pss 45; 69; 80
A Davidic
Miktam: A musical term of uncertain meaning, possibly denoting a plaintive style
for teaching. When he fought with Aram-naharaim and Aram-zobah, and Joab returned and struck Edom in the Valley of Salt, killing 12,000. c

God, You have rejected us;
You have broken out
Lit have burst through
against us;
You have been angry. Restore us!
Or Turn back to us
2 You have shaken the land and split it open.
Heal its fissures, for it shudders. g
3 You have made Your people suffer hardship;
You have given us wine to drink
that made us stagger. h
4 You have given a signal flag to those who
fear(s) God or the Lord/ the fear of the Lord: No single English word conveys every aspect of the word fear in this phrase. The meaning includes worshipful submission, reverential awe, and obedient respect to the covenant-keeping God of Israel.
fear You,
so that they can flee before the archers.
Or can rally before the archers, or can rally because of the truth
k ,
Selah: A Hebrew word whose meaning is uncertain; various interpretations include: (1) a musical notation, (2) a pause for silence, (3) a signal for worshipers to fall prostrate on the ground, (4) a term for the worshipers to call out, and (5) a word meaning "forever"


5 Save with Your right hand, and answer me,
so that those You love may be rescued. m

6 God has spoken in His sanctuary:
Or has promised by His holy nature

“I will triumph! I will divide up Shechem. o
I will apportion the Valley of Succoth. p
7 Gilead is Mine, Manasseh is Mine,
and Ephraim is My helmet; q
Judah is My scepter. r
8 Moab is My washbasin. s
I throw My sandal on Edom; t
I shout in triumph over Philistia.” u

9 Who will bring me to the fortified city?
Who will lead me to Edom? v
10 God, haven’t You rejected us?
God, You do not march out with our armies. w
11 Give us aid against the foe,
for human help is worthless. x
12 With God we will perform valiantly; y
He will trample our foes. z
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