1 O God, thou hast cast us off, thou hast scattered us, thou hast been displeased; O turn thyself to us again.
2 Thou hast made the earth to tremble; thou hast broken it: heal the breaches thereof; for it shaketh.
3 Thou hast shewed thy people hard things: thou hast made us to drink the wine of astonishment.
David make a statement about what God has done to the nation of Israel. He says he has cash them off and Scattered them because he has been displeased. And he asked the Lord to turn to them again. Have you ever felt like God turned his back on you? If you’re a normal Christian you probably have. I wondered for a little while if he had when I came down with cancer last year. But that didn’t last very long because I don’t just Praise Him for my health. I praise him for so many different things that one thing can’t possibly take away the praise that’s on my heart for my Lord. He has been so merciful to me.
David even says that God made the Earth to tremble and that he broke the Earth. I’m not sure whether they had an earthquake but it sure does sound like it because he says it shakes and ask God to repair the breaches.
And he says that God has shown the people hard things and made them astonished. I believe the way God shows us hard things is through other people. It may be a spouse or a child or a friend or a co-worker. He will put situations into our lives that are meant to teach us a lesson. Often we will want to change the other person, when in reality God is trying to change us. The next time you encounter somebody that’s difficult to deal with ask God to show you why they are in your life at this time, and ask Him to change you so you can deal with what’s going on. I think this is how God shows us the hard things.
4 Thou hast given a banner to them that fear thee, that it may be displayed because of the truth. Selah.
5 That thy beloved may be delivered; save with thy right hand, and hear me.
6 God hath spoken in his holiness; I will rejoice, I will divide Shechem, and mete out the valley of Succoth.
David says that God gives a banner over those that fear Him and that way it will be able to be displayed because of the truth of the Gospel. This will bring deliverance. God will save us with His right hand and will hear David. In the last section we see David asking God if He has cast them off and scatter them. Now he’s saying deliver us Lord. Then he says God has spoken and I will rejoice. Here David goes again, back and forth from praise to dismay and dismay to praise. I sure do love that David, and I know I say it a lot, but it’s it’s such a blessing for us. David also realized that He has too much to praise God for to be worried about one little thing.
7 Gilead is mine, and Manasseh is mine; Ephraim also is the strength of mine head; Judah is my lawgiver;
8 Moab is my washpot; over Edom will I cast out my shoe: Philistia, triumph thou because of me.
9 Who will bring me into the strong city? who will lead me into Edom?
Here God claims his ownership over the trbes of Israel. He does not want them to forget that He owns them. They’re his people, and Edom and Phllistia teal that he is inare under His control as well. What is important for us to realize is that God isn’t just the God of the saved. He is God of all creation including those people who come against us. Including that illness that might come against us. Including the financial person that’s coming after us. Including the person that’s giving us a hard time. God is the God of all of those other people. And he could stop any of those situations or any of those people at any time if He desires to. Do you believe that? Then you should know then when these situations arise God is working on you to help you grow and mature in Christ. Praise Him for that. Praise Him for that difficult time, that difficult person, that difficult illness. Praise Hiim
10, O God, which hadst cast us off? and thou, O God, which didst not go out with our armies?
11 Give us help from trouble: for vain is the help of man.
12 Through God we shall do valiantly: for he it is that shall tread down our enemies.
David declares God will bring them into the Strong City mentioned in verse 9 even though God had cast them off. He will now bring them in because He did not go out with the enemy. Even though He did not go out with the armies He will give you help from trouble. Man’s help is just vanity. Then another song – Through Our God we shall do valiantly for it is he who shall tread down the enemies (Video below). Through God we shall do valiantly, not by ourselves. But through God. It is God that will defeat the enemy of our souls. We don’t stand a chance against the enemy and he is the one that needs to be defeated. So trust Him. In every situation you run into trust Him