Tehillim / Psalms 60, Part 1, The Unworthy Man

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In this week’s study from Tehillim / Psalms 60:1-12, the psalm is described in the following way, א   לַמְנַצֵּחַ עַל-שׁוּשַׁן עֵדוּת מִכְתָּם לְדָוִד לְלַמֵּד: ב   בְּהַצּוֹתוֹ | אֶת אֲרַם נַהֲרַיִם וְאֶת-אֲרַם צוֹבָה וַיָּשָׁב יוֹאָב וַיַּךְ אֶת-אֱדוֹם בְּגֵיא-מֶלַח שְׁנֵים עָשָֹר אָלֶף:  For the choir director; according to Shushan Eduth. A Mikhtam of David, to teach; when he struggled with Aram-naharaim and with Aram-zobah, and Joab returned, and smote twelve thousand of Edom in the Valley of Salt. (NASB)  David opens his psalm saying, ג   אֱלֹהִים זְנַחְתָּנוּ פְרַצְתָּנוּ אָנַפְתָּ תְּשׁוֹבֵב לָנוּ: ד   הִרְעַשְׁתָּה אֶרֶץ פְּצַמְתָּהּ רְפָה שְׁבָרֶיהָ כִי-מָטָה:  ה   הִרְאִיתָה עַמְּךָ קָשָׁה הִשְׁקִיתָנוּ יַיִן תַּרְעֵלָה:  60:1 O God, You have rejected us. You have broken us; You have been angry; O, restore us. 60:2 You have made the land quake, You have split it open; Heal its breaches, for it totters. 60:3 You have made Your people experience hardship; You have given us wine to drink that makes us stagger. (NASB)  What was it that the people did to anger the Lord?  Can we anger the Lord today by behaving in a similar manner?  The psalmist continues saying, ו   נָתַתָּה לִּירֵאֶיךָ נֵּס לְהִתְנוֹסֵס מִפְּנֵי קשֶׁט סֶלָה:  60:4 You have given a banner to those who fear You, That it may be displayed because of the truth. Selah. (NASB)  What is the significance of a banner for those who fear the Lord and for truth?  The purpose is so, ז   לְמַעַן יֵחָלְצוּן יְדִידֶיךָ הוֹשִׁיעָה יְמִינְךָ וַעֲנֵנִו [וַעֲנֵנִי]:  60:5 That Your beloved may be delivered, Save with Your right hand, and answer us! (NASB) Read more here: Tehillim 60-Part1

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