Psalm 108

Psalm 108

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With God We Shall Do Valiantly

A Song. A Psalm of David.

108   My heart is steadfast, O God!
    I will sing and make melody with all my being!
  Awake, O harp and lyre!
    I will awake the dawn!
  I will give thanks to you, O LORD, among the peoples;
    I will sing praises to you among the nations.
  For your steadfast love is great above the heavens;
    your faithfulness reaches to the clouds.
  Be exalted, O God, above the heavens!
    Let your glory be over all the earth!
  That your beloved ones may be delivered,
    give salvation by your right hand and answer me!
  God has promised in his holiness:
    “With exultation I will divide up Shechem
    and portion out the Valley of Succoth.
  Gilead is mine; Manasseh is mine;
    Ephraim is my helmet,
    Judah my scepter.
  Moab is my washbasin;
    upon Edom I cast my shoe;
    over Philistia I shout in triumph.”
  Who will bring me to the fortified city?
    Who will lead me to Edom?
  Have you not rejected us, O God?
    You do not go out, O God, with our armies.
  Oh grant us help against the foe,
    for vain is the salvation of man!
  With God we shall do valiantly;
    it is he who will tread down our foes.


Psalm 108 Commentary

by Hank Workman

Do you pray for rescue or victory?

Right?!?!  Just think a moment on this question.  It’s quite telling as to where our mindset is when it comes to the trials and fires of life.

When we change our prayers from simply “Rescue me!” and “Do something!” to “God bring the victory in this situation” there is something that changes from within.  I truly believe this.  Often when our prayers are focused on relief rather than the victory God has, we are not readied for the move of God in that situation.

The definition for steadfast is: Resolutely or dutifully firm.  Unwavering.

There is a part of me that wonders if our role even before the victory is our own mindset and behavior in the situation.  When we are steadfast, we’re determined and resolutely firm. We are unwavering in our conviction of the matter. Consequently, we are then ready for whatever that victory would look like.  It’s hard to win a victory in anything when all we’re looking for is rescue.

That’s what makes David’s words so powerful.  He prays first for God to give him a steadfast heart.  He seeks to be resolutely determined no matter what is coming to stand strong.  It places his eyes on the horizon of victory that is coming, rather than the battle or even the difficulty of current circumstance.  Let’s be honest, many times as some issue presses in we flounder, we struggle. If we stay in that place, we are not battle ready.  This is critical to how we act and react in the Spirit with that situation.

David also recognized that as his heart was steadfast he would be able to sing and make music in his soul.  Just consider that even.  Many times when we are so overrun and longing for rescue our songs are dirges rather than praise.  What type of songs have you been singing?

Our God, our Jesus, the Holy Spirit brings victory.  But sometimes the first battlefield of which we stand is our own heart and soul.  We must allow the Holy Spirit to work in us; steady us and ready us for what He has in store.

As the Psalm ends we read that David was not passive but was waiting to see what God would do.  He would fight the enemy but through God.  In this matter, it would then be God who would trample down the enemy.  He would overcome.

When our hearts are fixed first on our God, He will enable us to valiantly fight for His Kingdom and that all will be through Him.  This is the only way to victory.

I opened with the question of if you pray for rescue or victory.  What have you discovered?  Pray first for a steadfast heart.  Pray for God to do a  work in you.  Ask Him to energize you for the actions you take even if it’s nothing more than becoming steadfast and unwavering.  Then look with expectation of the victory God has and is coming!

Psalm 108 Commentary

by Brad Boyles

Moab is My washbasin; I throw My sandal on Edom. I shout in triumph over Philistia.”

Psalms 108:9 HCSB

“Picture Edom in rebellion against Yahweh and his people. Picture them mustering thousands and thousands of warriors. Picture the iron chariots, the war horses snorting and stamping, the bulging muscles and bronze skin of the mighty men, the razor sharp swords, the awful pointed spears, the shields flashing in the sun, the unflinching countenance of seasoned solders. Picture a horde of fierce fighting men thundering through the valley of Seir. Fearful, dreadful, fierce and powerful.

When God sees them coming he sits down. He will wash his feet. With 18,000 fighting warriors approaching like a stampede of Texas longhorns, God sits down to wash his feet! And then, as one would flick a fly, he tosses his shoe on Edom. And 18,000 soldiers fall. God never even looked, he scarcely heard the noise. The world sits stunned at the victory; God sits with his feet in the water.”

John Piper

I love Piper’s quote in reference to Psalm 108:9.

Have we ever seriously considered the magnitude of God? The writer of this psalm paints a picture of God in comparison to the mightiest warriors of the ancient world. Casually, almost nonchalantly, God destroys entire nations. As Piper notes at the end, the world sits stunned while God sits with his feet in water. What can we learn from Moab and Edom’s destruction?

“This somewhat difficult expression may be thus explained. Moab and Edom were to be reduced to a state of lowest vassalage to the people of God. The one was to be like a pot or tub fit only for washing the feet in, while the other was to be like the domestic slave standing by to receive the sandals thrown to him by the person about to perform his ablutions, that he might first put them by in a safe place, and then come and wash his master’s feet.”

C.H. Spurgeon

They were to be reduced to the lowest vassalage. In other words, humility. Obadiah writes of Edom’s pride.

Your presumptuous heart has deceived you, you who live in clefts of the rock in your home on the heights, who say to yourself, “Who can bring me down to the ground?”  4  Though you seem to soar like an eagle and make your nest among the stars, even from there I will bring you down. This is the LORD’s declaration.

Obadiah 1:3-4 HCSB

Pride may be the mightiest of all sins. It creates deception, gossip, conflict, and division. The Lord hates pride and has no problem eliminating it with the flip of his sandal. On the other side, God loves humility. If pride is the worst of sins, humility may be the foundation for all virtue. The truth about humility is that it will come one way or another. Either we will change our heart, or God will flip His sandal. Either way, He gets the glory.

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