“Awake Early and Praise the Lord”
Verse 1 – O God, my heart is steadfast; I will sing and give praise, even with my glory.
Verse 2 – Awake, lute and harp! I will awaken the dawn.
Oh, how much better people’s day would go if they would spend time with our Lord first thing in the morning. I don’t believe you can wait until the evening to ask God to prepare you for the day. It just doesn’t make sense. If you start your mornings by putting the whole armor of God on, you will have the strength to do battle the rest of the day. (Early will I seek you.)
Verse 3 – I will praise You, O Lord, among the peoples, and I will sing praises to You among the nations.
Verse 4 – For Your mercy is great above the heavens, and Your truth reaches to the clouds.
Verse 5 – Be exalted O God, above the heavens, and Your glory above all the earth;
Verse 6 – That Your beloved may be delivered, save with Your right hand, and hear me.
Verse 7 – God has spoken in His holiness. “I will rejoice; I will divide Shechem and measure out of the Valley of Succoth.”
Shechem is where Abraham and then Jacob had camped. This town was north of Jerusalem. Succoth was the first stop on the Exodus route (Exodus 12:37).
Verse 8 – Gilead is Mine; Manasseh is Mine; Ephraim also is the helmet for My head; Judah is My lawgiver.
Verse 9 – Moab is My wash pot; over Edom I will cast My shoe; over Philistia I will triumph.
Moab, Edom, and Philistia were Israel’s enemies to the east, south, and west. They despised the Israelites and their God.
Verse 10 – Who will bring me into the strong city? Who will lead me to Edom? (This is David asking.)
Verse 11 – Is it not You, O God, who cast us off? And You, O God, who did not go out with Your armies?
David knew he wouldn’t be able to claim victory over these cities without God’s divine help.
Verse 12 – Give us help from trouble, for vane is the help of man.
Verse 13 – Through God we will do valiantly, for it is He who shall tread down our enemies.
David not only prayed for rescue, but for victory also. As Christians, we are not to merely survive. We are to reign in life. I don’t want to have just enough to get by in this life. Christ died to give us an “abundant life!”
John 16:33 – “These things I have spoken to you, that in Me you may have peace. In the world you will have tribulation; but be of good cheer, I have overcome the world.”
1 John 5:4, 5 – For whatever is born of God overcomes the world. And this is the victory that has overcome the world-our faith. (verse 5) Who is he who overcomes the world, but he who believes that Jesus is the Son of God?
So you see, David knew, as should we, that with God, in Him, we are victorious! As He is, so are we in this world (1 John 4:17).