A SENSE OF DEFEAT V.1-3
THE AGONY OF REJECTIONS V.1
THE SIGH OF FEELING CONTEMPTIBLE
O God, You have cast us off,
Only God can give victory.
What can we do when we’re facing a tough bastion of entrenched resistance?
This negative opposition is so defiant
It surrounds us & is organized in antagonistic obstruction
It appears invincible.
THE SORROW OF FEELING CONFUSED
You have scattered us,
THE SADNESS OF FEELING CHEAP
You have been displeased;
THE ADJUSTMENT OF RECEPTION
THE SECURITY OF HIS COMFORT
O turn Yourself to us again.
Only God could give victory over a fortress like that, and David knew it.
So he cries to God, acknowledging that “the help of man is worthless” (v. 11).
We have to ask for help & don’t give up. Keep asking.
God gives victory, but we need to ask for it.
THE STRIFE OF HORRENDOUS CALAMITY V.2
AS INHABITANTS TREMBLE
You have made the earth to tremble;
All the shaking of ground around us is to get us to ask, & plead for the Lords hand
AS INDIVIDUALS ARE TRAPPED
You have broken it:
THE SOOTHING OF HIS CARE
heal the breaches thereof; for our shakes
THE ALIGNMENT OF RESULTS V.3
THE DESIGN OF SUFFERING
You have showed us hard things:
THE DRINK OF STUPEFACTION
You have made us to drink the wine of astonishment.
A SIGNAL OF DELIVERANCE V.4-8
OUR CONDUCT V.4-5
RESPONDING RESPECTFULLY V.4
You have given a banner us that fear you
RESULTS IN REALITY
that it may be displayed because of Your truth. Selah
REMEDY IN HIS RESCUE V.5
That we, Your beloved may be delivered;
ROYALTY IN HIS RECEPTION
save with Your right hand & hear us.
OUR CONQUEST V.6-8 (IN THE FACE OF DEFEAT)
REAL ESTATE IS PROVIDENTIALLY PROVIDED V.6
BASED ON CLARITY
God has spoken
BASED ON CHARACTER
in His holiness
BASED ON CHEERFULNESS
We will rejoice,
He divides the land of promise
I will divide Shechem & mete out the valley of Succoth.
East & west of the Jordan (detached points)
REVERSALS ARE NOT PERMANENT V.7-8
EAST AND WEST LARGEST TERRITORIES (DISTINCT TRIBES)
GOD THE POSSESSOR
Gilead is mine &Manasseh is mine;
GOD THE PERSUADER
Ephraim also is the strength of mine head (military strength)
CHRIST THE PRONOUNCER
Judah is my lawgiver; (Judicial supremacy)
REQUIREMENTS ARE AGAINST THE PROWLER
THREE HOSTILE POWERS
Israel is fought against in the land frequently
Moab is my wash-pot;
The first son of Lot through incest=the problem of illegitimate relationship
over Edom will I cast out my shoe:
Esau’s offspring are the tribe called Edom which means red signifying his
He weirdly chose red pottage (lentil soup) over God’s blessing
BEANS OVER BENEFITS WOULD MAKE ANYONE BLUSH AND COWER
the conquered Philistia, triumph you because of me.
Representative of the pretension and intrusion of man in the flesh which belongs to God. Only God conquers the philistine tendencies in Samson is God’s way of deliverance,
Our victory is through the Man from Nazarith
We may utterly fail, as in the days of Eli the Israelites were conquered by the enemy
and the ark taken. The Ark, that picture of God’s presence. It’s what our enemies want to take away. They want us to lose Our Sense of God’s presence.
When Saul was king he was in fear of being conquered ,
The enemy weaseled in & was enabled to enter his dominions because of Sauls fears,
In the battle Saul & his sons lost their lives to enemy.
It was by David, God’s king, that he Philistines were really conquered & under Solomon we find they were tributary. They paid the King given dominion
A SPECIFICATION OF DOMINATION V.9-12
THE PROBLEM V.9
THE IMPOSSIBILITY OF OPPOSITION
Who will bring me into the strong city?
THE INABILITY OF OVERCOMING
who will lead us into Edom?
THE POSITION V.10
THE INCREDIBILITY OF OUR OBSTACLE
HE’S REJECTED US
Will not You, O God, which have cast us off?
HE’S REFUSED US
and You, O God, which did not go out with our armies?
THE PLEA V.11-12
GOD’S HELP IS ENABLING
Give us help from trouble:
MAN’S HELP IS EMPTY
for vain is the help of man.
GOD’S HELP IS ENCOURAGING
Through God we shall do valiantly:
GOD’S HELP IS ENERGIZING
for He it is that shall tread down our enemies.
With God we will gain the victory & He will trample down our enemies (v. 12).
We take the promises of God, we grasp in faith.
We don’t have military battles to fight,
We’ve never seen Edomite.
But this Psalm is directly applicable to us in terms of our spiritual battles. We are members of
Our Lord Jesus Christ is building His kingdom,
Our task is to advance His kingdom in our spiritually hostile surroundings
“Our struggle is not against physical flesh & blood,
but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world
against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms Eph. 6:12
We are in a conquest with these hostile spiritual forces,
the victory over Edom & the overthrow of its mountain stronghold Petra
was not a piece of cake.
How can we gain this greater victory?
Not by ourselves, or even with the help of others.
In this battle “the help of man is [truly] worthless.
We need God to fight with us & in us
We keep asking for God’s help.
Ask and it will be given to us; seek & we will find; knock & the door will be opened to us(Matt.
In Nebuchadnezzar’s vision,
the one that he could not remember but that troubled him so much?
It was a vision of a great statue representing in sequence all the many
great kingdoms of this world.
At the end of the vision a rock “not cut by human hands” struck the statue and destroyed it,
then it grew up to become “a huge mountain” that “filled the whole earth Dan. 2:34–35
That rock is the Lord Jesus Christ & that mountain is His kingdom,
Jesus will triumph.
Believing that, is our banner around which we rally & can confidently fight through prayer