In returning from which service Joab found his brother Abishai engaged in the valley of salt against eighteen thousand Edomites or Syrians (all one), whose valour the Almighty looked on, as he attributes the whole slaughter to him, because first attempting it. All rights reserved. John Trapp. Prayer of a church in low condition. Verse 8. More than this, however, may have been intended—nay, we feel … ... Psalm 59 | Psalm 60 >> (Read all of Psalm 59) ... From "The Psalms translated from the Hebrew, with Notes chiefly exegetical." In war these two must be joined, and indeed in all actions: HE, we; God and man. This Psalm is … From God all power proceeds, and all we do well is done by divine operation; but still we, as soldiers of the great king, are to fight, and to fight valiantly too. David, however, fearlessly marched against them at the head of his army; he vanquished all his enemies, and made himself master of the small Aramaean kingdoms of Damascus, Zobah, and Hamath, and subjugated the Eastern Idumaeans, who met their final defeat in the Valley of Salt. Verse 4. In the case of Christians there is much encouragement for a resolve similar to that of the first clause. The word here used means properly to be foul, rancid, offensive; and then, to treat anything as if it were foul or rancid; to repel, to spurn, to cast away. IN THE YEAR 1863.      The proper subject to treat upon with such a text would be the propriety and excellence of early rising, especially when we are desirous of praising or serving God. The very vulgar acceptation of the word possession, in the grammatical sense, imports as much; for the etymology of possessio is no more but pedum positio. Thou hast given a banner, etc. When divine interposition is necessary for the rescue of the elect it must occur, for the first and greatest necessity of providence is the honour of God, and the salvation of his chosen. SUBJECT AND DIVISION.—This Psalm … Healing for the Wounded — Psalm 147:3 54. This valley could have been no other than the Ghor south of the Dead Sea, adjacent to the mountain of salt; it separates indeed the ancient territories of Judah and Edom. It was all but inaccessible, and hence the question of David. 2979 A SERMON PUBLISHED ON THURSDAY, JULY 29TH, 1905, DELIVERED BY C. H. SPURGEON, AT THE METROPOLITAN TABERNACLE, NEWINGTON. When he strove with Aramnaharaim and with Aramzobah. David found himself the possessor of a tottering throne, troubled with the double evil of factions at home, and invasion from abroad. (See Ge 33:17-18.) We have met with the title of this Psalm before, in Psalm 4, Psalm 6, Psalm 54, and Psalm 55, but with this difference, that in the present case the word is in the singular number: the Psalm itself is very personal, and well adapted for the private devotion of a single individual. What Psalm 60 means. Thus did David look upon Israel's disease, and hereupon it was that he was so deeply affected with it, so earnestly desiring the cure of it. Thou hast given a banner, etc. Psalm 53. For a small moment doth he forsake, but with great mercy does he gather his people. "God hath spoken; I will rejoice:" here is a fit motto for every soldier of the cross. 4. Believer, up and take possession of covenant mercies. Even Israel is subject to breaches. Verse 4. How often have we seen churches in this condition, and how suitable is the prayer before us, in which the extremity of the need is used as an argument for help. Eloquence, learning, wit, none of these can force the gate, but there is One who can. The grass, intermingled with tall daisies, and the wild oats reached to the horses backs; while the thistles sometimes overtopped the rider's heads. To the tune of “The Lily of the Covenant.”. No enemy shall withhold from true faith what God has given her, for grace makes her mighty to wrest it from the foe. No earthly lamp avails to break, Astonishing evils bring with them astonishing results. Verses 6 - 8 are God’s answer. Gilead is mine and Manasseh is mine. Thou has scattered us. Or does he mean, I who smote thy champion have at length so subdued thee that thou shalt never be able to rejoice over Israel again; but if thou must needs triumph it must be with me, and not against me; or rather is it a taunting defiance, a piece of irony? For the choir director: A psalm # 60:TITLE Hebrew miktam. Verse 1. Adam Clarke. This manner of speaking hath also allusion to the positive law recorded in De 25:6-10; for the letter of the law is, that is the kinsman would not marry the brother's widow and raise up seed unto his brother; the widow loosing his shoe, and spitting in his face, he lost the claim and interest of such possessions as belonged to the woman in right of her husband. A rallying point, meant to fight under, etc. Of the Philistines he says, Over Philistia it is mine to boast; for so I would translate, and not, as is usual, Philistia, triumph thou over me, which does not yield a consistent meaning. Hermann Venema. That is to say, I will possess myself of them and rule over them; not as a conqueror over slaves, but as a lord over subjects, as a father over children, owning and acknowledging them as mine. We struck the same stream again at its source, called Ain el Beida, a large and fine fountain, surrounded with gardens of cucumbers, and watering an extensive tract. Henry Hammond. But this arises from the shallowness of the reader's own mind. Joseph Caryl. The language of complaint is usually confused, and faith in time of trouble ere long contradicts the desponding statements of the flesh. Verse 4. Whole Psalm. Of Shechem and the Valley of Succoth, or booths, so called from Jacob's making booths, and feeding his cattle there. Von der Rose des Zeugnisses, Grundtext: Nach "Lilie des Zeugnisses". He appears, therefore, to have combined all these transactions, and made them the subject of this Psalm. Whole Psalm. Francois Lenormant and E. Chevallier, in "A Manual of the Ancient History of the East, "1869. All things are ours, whether things present or things to come; no mean portion belongs to the believer, and let him not think meanly of it. To all the claims of Rome, Or Oxford, or the councils of men, we pay no attention; we are free from all other ecclesiastical rule, but that of Christ: but we yield joyful obedience to him: Judah is my lawgiver. There is a fire water of anguish of soul which even to the righteous makes a cup of trembling, which causes them to be exceeding sorrowful almost unto death. "And the Lord said to Moses, Make thee a serpent, and set it upon a standard pole; and it happened that every one who was bitten, and looked at it, lived." Probably the two Psalms [14 and 53] refer to different periods; the fourteenth to the earlier portion of the world, or of Jewish history, and the fifty-third to a later, perhaps a still future time. This promise, not to cite many other passages, which occur in the Five Books of Moses, and even so early as the patriarchs, is contained in Genesis 49, and Deuteronomy 33. "—Christopher Wordsworth, D.D., 1868. Judah is my lawgiver. This will be found one, aye, and the only means to breed an holy and religious unity, and bring home straying, wandering sheep. There are some difficulties attendant upon the title of this Psalm, when it is compared with the contents. Verse 6. The soil was like that of an Ohio bottom. William Struther. More than this, however, may have been intended—nay, we feel sure was intended by the …, THE STUDENT’S PRAYER. As yet the interior fortresses of Edom had not been subdued. The like may be said of our personal religion, it is sometimes so tried, that like a house shaken by earthquake it is ready to come down with a crash, and none but the Lord himself can repair its breaches, and save us from utter destruction. We have met with the title of this Psalm before, in Psalms 4, 6, 54, and 55, but with this difference, that in the present case the word is in the singular number: the Psalm itself is very personal, and well adapted for the private devotion of a single individual.   He is the Law giver of his church, and let him so be. Let not our adversaries triumph over our breaches. Thou hast given a banner to them that fear thee. 1. ... (Spurgeon) ii. They shall still bring forth fruit in old age; they shall be fat and flourishing; to show that the Lord is upright: he is my rock, and there is no unrighteousness in him.”— …, The Danger of Unconfessed Sin So Hupfeld explains the constructions, referring to Ps 80:5, "Thou hast made them feed upon weeping like bread; "1Ki 22:27, "Feed him with affliction as bread, and with affliction as water" uxl mymw; Isa 30:20. Two other great divisions of the country he mentions, evidently delighting to survey the goodly land which the Lord had given him. How we may make sinners subservient to our sanctification. There the civil power was concentrated: the king being of that tribe sent forth his laws out of her midst. He knew that the displeasure of the Lord had brought calamity upon the nation, and to the removal of that displeasure he set himself by earnest prayer. 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