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The introduction of this psalm is perplexing. If one reads the passages they speak of, it appears as that David is grieved for no good reason. After all, Edom -- one of Israel's ancient enemies-- lost 12,000 people in the battle.

At this time, however, David had been involved in many battles and many wars. True, he has just won a victory. But the joy of winning a battle against one enemy is small when one considers there are other enemies waiting to attack.

There is a fatigue that comes to God's people as they travel through the world. The battles seem unending. Often the battles are part of Satan's unrelenting attack against people who are following God. But often the battles were caused by the believer's sins or wrong choices. Whatever the cause, fatigue wears down the believer and an infusion of strength and hope is needed or --like a weary soldier-- the believer simply folds under the pressure. Even worse is when all of God's people are being attacked at the same time. At such time, God's people scatter and lose direction.

David's response to this is to affirm God's victories and God's promises. The wars are continuous, yes...but so are the victories.

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.

2Thou hast made the earth to tremble; thou hast broken it: heal the breaches thereof; for it shaketh.

3Thou hast shewed thy people hard things: thou hast made us to drink the wine of astonishment.

4Thou hast given a banner to them that fear thee, that it may be displayed because of the truth. Selah.

5That thy beloved may be delivered; save with thy right hand, and hear me.

6God hath spoken in his holiness; I will rejoice, I will divide Shechem, and mete out the valley of Succoth.

7Gilead is mine, and Manasseh is mine; Ephraim also is the strength of mine head; Judah is my lawgiver;

8Moab is my washpot; over Edom will I cast out my shoe: Philistia, triumph thou because of me.

9Who will bring me into the strong city? who will lead me into Edom?

10Wilt not thou, O God, which hadst cast us off? and thou, O God, which didst not go out with our armies?

11Give us help from trouble: for vain is the help of man.

12Through God we shall do valiantly: for he it is that shall tread down our enemies.

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