Easy Read Study Bible                                           Front Page


(Return to Old Testament Contents)




For the director of music. To the tune of “The Lily of the Covenant.” A miktam of David. For teaching. When he fought Aram Naharaim and Aram Zobah, and when Joab returned and struck down twelve thousand Edomites in the Valley of Salt.


[Preliminary Comments: The historical context provided by the title is slightly confusing in that the historical text shows David or his commanders having complete victories yet the tone of the psalm shows David in a very negative frame of mind. Perhaps it was the fact that he was having to fight so much to make his land secure that is behind this. He acknowledges a time of shaking [v.1-4] and cries to God to help [v.5]. Then he takes comfort in the fact that God had ordained this land for them [v.6,7] and had often acted against their enemies [v.8,9] which leads him to appeal to the Lord to help now [v.10,11] ending in a note of confidence in God [v.12]. A psalm from a time of uncertainty that brings assurance from what God has said and done in the past.]



v.1-4 David acknowledges before the Lord, they are in a time of shaking


v.1  You have rejected us, God, and burst upon us;
     you have been angry—now restore us!
v.2  You have shaken the land and torn it open;
     mend its fractures, for it is quaking.
v.3  You have shown your people desperate times;
     you have given us wine that makes us stagger.
v.4  But for those who fear you, you have raised a banner
     to be unfurled against the bow.


v.5 He cries to Him for help, for deliverance


v.5  Save us and help us with your right hand,
     that those you love may be delivered.

v.6,7 Yet he takes comfort in that God ordained this ‘Promised Land'


v.6  God has spoken from his sanctuary:
     “In triumph I will parcel out Shechem
     and measure off the Valley of Sukkoth.
v.7  Gilead is mine, and Manasseh is mine;
     Ephraim is my helmet,
     Judah is my scepter.

v.8,9 He also recognises that God is Lord even over their (three) common enemies


v.8  Moab is my washbasin,
     on Edom I toss my sandal;
     over Philistia I shout in triumph.”

v.9  Who will bring me to the fortified city?
     Who will lead me to Edom?

v.10-12 He now appeals to the Lord to act on their behalf


v.10  Is it not you, God, you who have now rejected us
     and no longer go out with our armies?
v.11  Give us aid against the enemy,
     for human help is worthless.
v.12  With God we will gain the victory,
     and he will trample down our enemies.



[Additional Thoughts: Living in a ‘fallen world' often means strife and difficulties that emanate from the presence of Sin in mankind. We may find ourselves in times of uncertainty and the answer from this psalm is to pray and remind ourselves of who God is and what He has said and done as we lay our petitions before Him. See a further example of this in the New Testament prayer of the early church in Acts 4:24-30]



Continue to Psa 61