Psalm 60: Victory after Defeat

If we feel that God has rejected us, what should we do?

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Psalm 60:1 To the minister of music, a song of David for teaching, when at war with the Arameans, when Joab defeated 12,000 Edomites in Salt Valley.
In your anger, you rejected and scattered us. O God, return now to favor us.
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Psalm 60:1 <To the chief Musician upon Shushaneduth, Michtam of David, to teach; when he strove with Aramnaharaim and with Aramzobah, when Joab returned, and smote of Edom in the valley of salt twelve thousand.> O God, thou hast cast us off, thou hast scattered us, thou hast been displeased; O turn thyself to us again.)

Why does God cause the ground to shake?

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Psalm 60:2–3 You’ve caused the ground to shake and have split open the earth. Heal the fractures and stop the quaking. In great suffering, your people staggered like drunkards.
Hebrews 12:27 All creation will be shaken so only that which cannot be shaken will remain.
King James
Psalm 60:2–3 Thou hast made the earth to tremble; thou hast broken it: heal the breaches thereof; for it shaketh. Thou hast shewed thy people hard things: thou hast made us to drink the wine of astonishment.
Hebrews 12:27 And this word, Yet once more, signifieth the removing of those things that are shaken, as of things that are made, that those things which cannot be shaken may remain.

What does it mean for God to give us a “banner”?

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Psalm 60:4 You have given a banner to those who respect you, a source of courage when they stand against the enemy. Pause to think about that.
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Psalm 60:4 Thou hast given a banner to them that fear thee, that it may be displayed because of the truth. Selah.

How can we be sure God will bring the victory?

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Psalm 60:5–8 With your mighty hand, God, deliver the people you love.
From where he lives, God said, “I will prevail, dividing Shechem and distributing the Succoth valley land. Gilead and Manasseh belong to me. Ephraim is my helmet and Judah, my scepter. Moab will be my washbasin, and I will throw my shoe to declare my possession of Edom. I will shout in victory over the Philistines.”
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Psalm 60:5–8 That thy beloved may be delivered; save with thy right hand, and hear me. God hath spoken in his holiness; I will rejoice, I will divide Shechem, and mete out the valley of Succoth. Gilead is mine, and Manasseh is mine; Ephraim also is the strength of mine head; Judah is my lawgiver; Moab is my washpot; over Edom will I cast out my shoe: Philistia, triumph thou because of me.

Why should we think we could break into a “fortified city”?

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Psalm 60:9 How will I break into the fortified city? Who will lead me into Edom?
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Psalm 60:9 Who will bring me into the strong city? who will lead me into Edom?

If God is with us, why might we think we’re fighting alone?

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Psalm 60:10 Have you rejected us, O God, and left our armies for us to fight alone?
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Psalm 60:10 Wilt not thou, O God, which hadst cast us off? and thou, O God, which didst not go out with our armies?

Why can’t we be victorious alone?

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Psalm 60:11 Help us defeat our enemies, because we cannot be victorious on our own.
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Psalm 60:11 Give us help from trouble: for vain is the help of man.

How does the victory of a bully compare with the victories we can experience with God?

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Psalm 60:12 With God, we will triumph. He will trample our enemies.
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Psalm 60:12 Through God we shall do valiantly: for he it is that shall tread down our enemies.