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February 9, 2020

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Read (and Hear) the Bible in One Year
New American Standard Bible for 2020

Text: Leviticus 24-25
Audio: Leviticus 24-25

Psalm 60 (ESV)

To the choirmaster: according to Shushan Eduth. A Miktam of David; for instruction; when he strove with Aram-naharaim and with Aram-zobah, and when Joab on his return struck down twelve thousand of Edom in the Valley of Salt.

O God, you have rejected us, broken our defenses;
    you have been angry; oh, restore us.
You have made the land to quake; you have torn it open;
    repair its breaches, for it totters.
You have made your people see hard things;
    you have given us wine to drink that made us stagger.

You have set up a banner for those who fear you,
    that they may flee to it from the bow. Selah
That your beloved ones may be delivered,
    give salvation by your right hand and answer us!

God has spoken in his holiness:
    “With exultation I will divide up Shechem
    and portion out the Vale of Succoth.
Gilead is mine; Manasseh is mine;
    Ephraim is my helmet;
    Judah is my scepter.
Moab is my washbasin;
    upon Edom I cast my shoe;
    over Philistia I shout in triumph.”

Who will bring me to the fortified city?
    Who will lead me to Edom?
10 Have you not rejected us, O God?
    You do not go forth, O God, with our armies.
11 Oh, grant us help against the foe,
    for vain is the salvation of man!
12 With God we shall do valiantly;
    it is he who will tread down our foes.


English Standard Version (ESV)
The Holy Bible, English Standard Version. ESV® Text Edition: 2016. Copyright © 2001 by Crossway Bibles, a publishing ministry of Good News Publishers.

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  1. Victory or Defeat?

    The title of Psalm 60 is the longest introduction of any Psalm. What is interesting about this title is it mentions Joab's victory over the Edomites while the psalm itself is about defeat. 

    In his commentary on the Psalms, James Montgomery Boice writes about a possible lesson in this by looking at the Book of 2 Samuel. He makes the following points:

    "David becomes king over all Israel (2 Sam. 5:1–5). Second, he conquers Jerusalem and makes it his capital (5:6–16). Third, he achieves decisive victories over the Philistines (5:17–25). Fourth, he brings the ark to Jerusalem as a focus for the people’s worship (ch. 6). Fifth, God sends Nathan to him with the greatest message David received in his entire lifetime, that God was going to establish his throne forever (ch. 7). It was a prophecy of the Messiah, which David immediately recognized. Immediately after these events, the chapter about David’s many military victories, the setting for Psalm 60, occurs."

    Boice goes on to write:

    "What seems to have happened, if we put the title of Psalm 60 together with this account, is that the Edomites took advantage of David’s being away from Jerusalem, fighting along the Euphrates River, and staged an uprising. They must have succeeded in this to the extent described in Psalm 60, as a result of which David dispatched Joab, one of his chief commanders, to subdue the Edomites. Joab did, achieving the victory described in the title of Psalm 60, after which David returned and completed the conquest, even of the Edomite strongholds. That sequence of events might explain why Joab is credited with killing twelve thousand Edomites in Psalm 60, while David is credited with striking down eighteen thousand Edomites in 2 Samuel 8:13. This tells us that even in times of unprecedented blessing there are nevertheless defeats."

    Doesn't this mirror our experiences in life? Even in great times of blessing things are far from perfect. In the midst of great victory, defeats are part of the landscape.

    In an article at Ligonier.org, Albert Mohler writes, "For the Christian, the future is secured by the sure and certain fulfillment of God’s promises and the comprehensive realization of Christ’s reign over all powers in heaven and on the earth. According to the historic evangelical faith, the exaltation of Christ includes His resurrection, His ascension, His session with the Father, and His glorious return. Each of these realities represents an essential aspect of Christ’s reign as King of kings and Lord of lords…Christ’s victory over sin, death, and the grave — and in His exalted state that will be fully realized in his victorious return in kingly glory."

    As followers of Christ, we can trust that one day we will ultimately have total victory because Christ is the Victor. 

    May Romans 16:20 encourage us today – "The God of peace will soon crush Satan under your feet. The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with you."


    ~ Puritan Prayers ~

    "God Stoops to the Weak and Unworthy" by Joseph Alleine

    "Who are we, and what is our father’s house, that you have brought us here?

    And now, O Lord God, what will your servants say to you? We are silenced with wonder, and must sit down in astonishment. We cannot utter the least of your praises.

    What does the height of this strange love mean? And what does it mean to us, that the Lord of heaven and earth should condescend to enter into covenant with dust, and take into his bosom the viperous brood that has so often spit their venom in his face?

    We are not worthy to be as the handmaids, to wash the feet of the servants of our Lord; how much less are we worthy to be your sons and heirs, and to be made partakers of all these blessed liberties and privileges you have settled upon us!

    But for your goodness’ sake, and according to your own heart, you have done all these great things. Even so, Father, because it seemed good in your sight.

    This is why you are great, O God, for there is none like you, nor is there any God besides you. Amen."

    (Excerpt taken from Piercing Heaven: Prayers of the Puritans) 

  2. Wow! Roman's 16:20 is a powerful verse! This is His promise! There couldn't be anything more important in the world than God and His promises to us. 

    We're so unworthy, as stated in the Puritan's Prayer, and yet, we are indeed forgiven and saved by Him. How could we ever NOT want to follow, obey and praise Him? 

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