Psalms 60

* David prays for the deliverance of Israel from their enemies.

(1-5) He entreats God to carry on and complete their victories.

(6-12)1-5 David owns God's displeasure to be the cause of all the

hardships he had undergone. And when God is turning his hand in

our favour, it is good to remember our former troubles. In God's

displeasure their troubles began, therefore in his favour their

prosperity must begin. Those breaches and divisions which the

folly and corruption of man make, nothing but the wisdom and

grace of God can repair, by pouring out a spirit of love and

peace, by which only a kingdom is saved from ruin. The anger of

God against sin, is the only cause of all misery, private or

public, that has been, is, or shall be. In all these cases there

is no remedy, but by returning to the Lord with repentance,

faith, and prayer; beseeching him to return to us. Christ, the

Son of David, is given for a banner to those that fear God; in

him they are gathered together in one, and take courage. In his

name and strength they wage war with the powers of darkness.
6-12 If Christ be ours, all things, one way or another, shall

be for our eternal good. The man who is a new creature in

Christ, may rejoice in all the precious promises God has spoken

in his holiness. His present privileges, and the sanctifying

influences of the Spirit, are sure earnests of heavenly glory.

David rejoices in conquering the neighbouring nations, which had

been enemies to Israel. The Israel of God are through Christ

more than conquerors. Though sometimes they think that the Lord

has cast them off, yet he will bring them into the strong city

at last. Faith in the promise will assure us that it is our

Father's good pleasure to give us the kingdom: But we are not

yet made complete conquerors, and no true believer will abuse

these truths to indulge sloth, or vain confidence. Hope in God

is the best principle of true courage, for what need those fear

who have God on their side? All our victories are from him, and

while those who willingly submit to our anointed King shall

share his glories, all his foes shall be put under his feet
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