The closer we get to God, the more our enemies will attack because we threaten their ways and their victories.
Verse 1 – O God, You have cast us off; You have broken us down; You have been displeased; O restore us again!
Verse 2 – You have made the earth tremble; You have broken it; heal its breaches, for it is shaking.
Verse 3 – You have shown Your people hard things; You have made us drink the wine of confusion.
Although there is no mention of defeat in 1 Samuel or 1st and 2nd Chronicles that these verses refer to, there must have been a falling away of some sort by the people. Twice in 2 Samuel chapter 8, it says the Lord preserved David wherever he went. Maybe David wrote this because there was battle after battle. It seemed to be never-ending.
We can feel like this too. We get through one thing and here comes another thing we have to deal with. There will always be resistance coming from God’s enemies when you belong to Him. When we first start the battle, there will be pressure and stress, but the longer we go forward, major attacks from the enemy will come. Keep in mind, the enemy is trying to kill and destroy you. Our enemy never wants us to go after what God wants for our lives, but anything the devil can throw at you, our God is bigger!
Verse 4 – You have given a banner to those who fear You, that it may be displayed because of the truth. Selah
Verse 5 – That Your beloved may be delivered, save with Your right hand, and hear me.
Verse 6 – God has spoken in His holiness; “I will rejoice; I will divide Shechemt measure out the Valley of Succoth.”
Verse 7 – “Gilead is Mine, and Manasseh is Mine; Ephraim also is the helmet for My head; Judah is My lawgiver.
Verse 8 – Moab is My wash-pot; over Edom I will cast My shoe; Philistia, shout in triumph because of Me.”
God said the cities and territories of Israel belonged to Him and He knows the future of each nation. God knows the end from the beginning. If you look each of these places up on a map and compare them to the territory today, it’s quit a large portion of land. David was fighting pagan nations because Israel followed God.
If all the nations belong to God, then they are still His today! They may not look like they belong to God today, but they are His. Zechariah says in 12:9 – “It shall be in that day that I will seek to destroy all the nations that come against Jerusalem.”
Israel is surrounded by enemies today jut like it was in David’s time and according to history we know who wins.
Verse 9 – Who will bring me into the strong city? Who will lead me to Edom?
Verse 10 – Is it not You, O God, who cast us off? And You, O God, who did not go out with our armies?
Verse 11 – Give us help from trouble, for vain is the help of man.
Verse 12 – Through God we will do valiantly, for it is He who shall tread down our enemies.
David knew even though enemies surrounded him from all sides, if God didn’t have His hand on them, they would lose, no different today.
As a believer, Christ has already overcome the world and just as He is so am I in this world (1 John 4:17).