Psalm 108 – With God We Will Gain The Victory
Psalm 108:1-13 NIV
My heart, O God, is steadfast; I will sing and make music with all my soul.
Awake, harp and lyre! I will awaken the dawn.
I will praise you, Lord, among the nations; I will sing of you among the peoples. For great is your love, higher than the heavens; your faithfulness reaches to the skies.
Be exalted, O God, above the heavens; let your glory be over all the earth.
Save us and help us with your right hand, that those you love may be delivered. God has spoken from His sanctuary: “In triumph I will parcel out Shechem and measure off the Valley of Sukkoth. Gilead is mine, Manasseh is mine; Ephraim is my helmet, Judah is my scepter. Moab is my washbasin, on Edom I toss my sandal; over Philistia I shout in triumph.”
Who will bring me to the fortified city? Who will lead me to Edom? Is it not you, God, you who have rejected us and no longer go out with our armies? Give us aid against the enemy, for human help is worthless. With God we will gain the victory, and He will trample down our enemies.
This is a psalm of David. The central theme of this psalm is in the first and last verses, “My heart is steadfast, O God” and “With God we will gain the victory, and He will trample down our enemies.” We have to be steadfast in our trust in God, as we will gain victory in our spiritual battle through Him. This does not mean that all of our problems will go away, but we can trust that we will be victorious because God loves us.
The Holy Spirit desires us to be steadfast in our trust in God, and to “sing and make music” with all our soul. Why? God wants us to be happy!
David played the harp and lyre. He played them since he was a child, while tending sheep. As a child, what do we do when we first wake up? We play. You’ll have to wake up before dawn to “awaken the dawn”. David wakes up to sing to God even before morning comes.
Let’s desire to devote our praises to God like David. If the Holy Spirit inspired David to write this into this psalm, God must have desired us to have the same devotion too. Think of how happy you’ll be if your loved one wakes up before you to encourage you! God desires our love.
We ought to praise God “among the peoples.” This is not about acting religious and proclaiming His name in conversations without behaving like a Christian. We need to walk with God closely to inspire others to know our God. God desires us to proclaim His name, as all of us need Him in our life.
We can share how God has been wonderful to us. I can see God’s blessings in my life; he builds my life, my career and my family. We may face problems and challenges today. We are not problem-free, but at every point of our life, God has been faithful with each one of us. What are the issues we are facing today? We can still praise God among the people if our heart is steadfast and trust that God is faithful.
God’s love is immeasurable, “higher than the heavens”. His faithfulness is infinite, which “reaches to the skies”. God is our Abba. He is faithful.
Exalt God sincerely in our hearts. He is “above the heaven” and His “glory is over all the earth.” He is almighty and glorious. There is none greater than Him. We must not place ourselves above God.
How can we make sense of “Let His glory be over all the earth” and put this prayer in practice?
What Jesus did here in Cana of Galilee was the first of the signs through which he revealed his glory; and his disciples believed in him. (John 2:11 NIV)
As we put our faith in God when we see Him working in our life, we should also desire His glory to be seen by those around us, so that they too may put their faith in God. One who appreciates a nice brand of wine will recommend it to his friends. How do we help our friends see God’s glory? We can do so by sharing with them how Jesus has impacted us and how the Holy Spirit inspires us to change. As we share about God, we pray for them to see God too. Discipleship isn't only about ourselves, let’s help others to know God.
Ask God to “save us and help us”, and God will answer our prayer because He loves us. That’s His promise. But we cannot ask God if we are not in His presence; we don’t ask God casually. Can we sense David’s desire for God’s deliverance?
“Cast all your anxiety on Him because He cares for you.” (1 Peter 5:7)
Jacob built Succoth and settled in Shechem. Manasseh and Ephraim were the children of Joseph and became tribes of Israel. Gilead was the grandchild of Manasseh. Ephraim was the biggest tribe, and thus expressed here as God’s helmet. David and Jesus were from the tribe of Judah, and thus expressed here as the scepter. This two verses talk about God’s sovereignty over every tribe and territory of the Israelites.
Moab, Edom and Philistia were all enemies of Israel, and God enabled David to conquer all of them. “Washbasin” and “toss my sandal” express of how God humbled them. God doesn’t only have sovereignty over Israel, He rules over the Gentiles too.
All the problems we face are under God’s sovereignty.
Who will help us to conquer the “fortified city” of problems we face? Throughout Israel’s history, God was not always with them in their battles because of their sins and lack of faith. God rejected them because He wanted them to repent and have faith in Him. He wants the same from us too. Men’s help is worthless compared to God’s. Unless God is willing to help us against our problems and enemies, we will fight in vain. God will trample down our problems. “With God we will gain the victory”.
Dear God, I want to be steadfast in my trust in you and make music to you with all my soul, all day long. I exalt you above all my problems. Save me. Help me.
Andy is the head of compliance for an international bank and is happily married, with three daughters. He became a disciple of Christ three decades ago, and studies God's Word passionately. He desires to be constantly led by the Spirit.