Psalm 60: “Vain is the salvation of men!”

Originally Posted by Pastor Flamme

(12 verses, 1:12 to read)


What I am about to READ

  • “That your beloved ones may be delivered, give salvation by your right hand and answer us!”


  • The historical context is supplied by 2 Sam. 8 and 1 Ch. 18.
  • God is the reason for rejection and the only hope for help (1-4).
  • God divides up the land for his use, both for blessing and condemnation (6-8).
  • Prayer on the eve of battle for God’s help (9-12).


  • The Lord is the one who builds up and tears down. When his people totter, it’s as if God has removed the foundation beneath them and they totter as if drunk. This is to call his people back to repentance and faith. He has set up the banner of his Word that we may flee to it from the attacks of our flesh, the devil, and the world.
  • Notice how the Lord divides up the land for his use. Gilead and Manasseh belong to God and he uses Ephraim and Judah as a helmet and scepter. Moab, Edom, and Philistia have a much less noble destiny. You don’t throw your shoe at something you love. Their idolatry and sinful ways were punished at the hands of the Lord’s armies.
  • The psalmist sings, “Vain is the salvation of man!” Rather than trusting in his own strength or power for victory over his enemies, the psalmist confesses, “With God we shall do valiantly; it is he who will tread down our foes.”


  • Prayer: Teach us, Almighty God, to put not our trust in the frailty of our own strength, reason, or understanding. Guide us into true faith that clings to your promises of forgiveness and life for Christ’s sake. Amen.

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-Pastor A. Brian Flamme

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