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Psalm 60

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Illus: Doing a good deed, only to have it blow up in your face?
Doing a good deed, only to have it blow up in your face?
David feels like he has been abandoned by the Lord and that they have lost a battle
David feels like he has been abandoned by the Lord because they are being attacked for no reason.
In his own wisdom, there are times when it appears that God has abandoned us, a challenge for us to abandon ourselves to the love and compassion of a wise God.
Illus: sometimes my kids need my help…I know they can’t do something, but they will try to do it on their own…I’ll let them fail to see that they truly need a higher power in order to succeed.

1. Pray for Restoration

Verses 1-3
Complete abandonment is felt by David and the people. 7 verbs are used to describe the situation in verses 1-3.
Rejection by the Lord is a serious matter even if it is only temporary.
1 Kings 8:46 CSB
When they sin against you— for there is no one who does not sin— and you are angry with them and hand them over to the enemy, and their captors deport them to the enemy’s country— whether distant or nearby—
His anger is like wine that makes us stagger.
Life is meaningless without the presence of God in your life.
Jeremiah 25:15–19 CSB
This is what the Lord, the God of Israel, said to me: “Take this cup of the wine of wrath from my hand and make all the nations to whom I am sending you drink from it. They will drink, stagger, and go out of their minds because of the sword I am sending among them.” So I took the cup from the Lord’s hand and made all the nations to whom the Lord sent me drink from it. Jerusalem and the other cities of Judah, its kings and its officials, to make them a desolate ruin, an example for scorn and cursing—as it is today; Pharaoh king of Egypt, his officers, his leaders, all his people,
Illus: Having your partner fight against you when they should be on your side.
Psalm 77:7 CSB
“Will the Lord reject forever and never again show favor?
Being abandoned is miserable and is like the state of war.
And yet David prays for restoration!
? Do difficult times drive you to the Lord or away from the Lord?

2. Believe in God’s Word about the true victory that we have in Christ.

Verse 4
Illus: Right Fear—fire
The Lord is a banner over us. A designated point of rally and refuge under the protection of the Divine Warrior.
Those who fear the Lord will find protection in him. The enemies are symbolized by the bow but the confidence of the godly lies in the Divine Warrior who we know to be Jesus Christ.
?Do you view Jesus as a warrior?

3. Be Bold in your prayers. Ask God to intervene.

Illus: When we get in really dangerous times we ask God to intervene…why not in our day to day prayers?
Psalm 89:38 CSB
But you have spurned and rejected him; you have become enraged with your anointed.
The people pray to be saved out of their desperate situation.
David asks for divine intervention and grounds his request in the covenantal nature of who God is.
?Do we really want God to intervene, or just to leave us alone?
David—God, be who you are!
Deuteronomy 33:12 CSB
He said about Benjamin: The Lord’s beloved rests securely on him. He shields him all day long, and he rests on his shoulders.

4. Know the Lord for who He is.

Jeremiah 11:15 CSB
What right does my beloved have to be in my house, having carried out so many evil schemes? Can holy meat prevent your disaster so you can celebrate?
Verses 6-8
Illus: Don’t just know about the Lord, know the LORD.
The Lord answers and gives hope. He reminds his people that the earth is his and no enemy can survive against him.
The Lord is king over all of the earth.
Yet he will have a king arise from Judah () and his enemies will be crushed under foot ().
It is through the Messianic rule of Christ that the nations will be subdued. Jesus will return on a White Horse, and He too will speak and no one will be able to advance against Him.
KNOWING this, we should boldly be people who go to the Lord.
Illus: Benjamin coming to me, crying, hold out his hands, asking me to pick him up...
Daddy, be who you are.

5. Trust in the Lord. Renew your faith.

Verses 9-11
Rhetorical questions are used to evoke a strong response.
This experience of divine rejection leads to a renewed faith and confidence in the Lord.
David does not look to earthly kings to help him, he turns to the Lord.
?Who do you turn to in times of trouble?

6. Humble yourselves and exalt the Lord.

Verse 12
David is now confident in the Lord for victory. The Word of God was sufficient to inspire the people not to fear the enemy or be troubled by any setbacks.
The psalm begin with abandonment but ends with the Lord’s enmity against his enemies. The Lord is just, the Lord is good. Let us humble ourselves and exalt the Father.
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