(Today's post by Keith Senator)
For the director of music. To the tune of “The Lily of the Covenant.” A miktam[b] of David. For teaching. 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.
1 You have rejected us, God, and burst upon us; you have been angry—now restore us!
It appears here that David is complaining to God. It seems he is announcing to God that he knows that God has been angry with them. He is asking for God to restore in many ways.
2 You have shaken the land and torn it open; mend its fractures, for it is quaking.
Here he further talks of how God has allowed the land to be broken, the people shaken, and he asks for God to mend it.
3 You have shown your people desperate times; you have given us wine that makes us stagger.
He shows how God has given them desperate and hard times, but he has also given them good times.
4 But for those who fear you, you have raised a banner to be unfurled against the bow.
He states that those who fear God, God is with them.
5 Save us and help us with your right hand, that those you love may be delivered.
He is laying it all down at the feet go God, asking for mercy and deliverance.
6 God has spoken from his sanctuary: “In triumph I will parcel out Shechem and measure off the Valley of Sukkoth. 7 Gilead is mine, and Manasseh is mine; Ephraim is my helmet, Judah is my scepter. 8 Moab is my washbasin, on Edom I toss my sandal; over Philistia I shout in triumph.”
Here we see that locations seem to have significance. We know all belong to God. Each has a job to do.
9 Who will bring me to the fortified city? Who will lead me to Edom?
David commissions somebody else to go to Edom and bring him the victory.
10 Is it not you, God, you who have now rejected us and no longer go out with our armies?
It is strange language here. But it seems like he is actually asking God if He WOULD go with them.
11 Give us aid against the enemy, for human help is worthless.
David realizes his place under God. He knows that the strength of the army means nothing compared to the hand of God. He has seen it personally, many times.
12 With God we will gain the victory, and he will trample down our enemies.
He is stating it like God is with them. They will take the land and God will be victorious.