Psalm 108 – With God We Shall Do Valiantly

With few variances, most of Psalm 108 can be found in two other psalms. The first 5 verses are practically identical to Psalm 57:7-11. The last eight verses are almost identical to Psalm 60:5-12. So why the combination here repeated? As always, whenever God’s word contains passages that are repeated from another passage, it is a sure sign that they are very important.

David hid in one of the many caves near Adullam, a city 13 miles southwest of Bethlehem (1 Samuel 22: 1-12). David was in this area when three of his mighty men risked their lives to get him a drink of water from Bethlehem (2 Samuel 23: 13-17).

David hid in one of the many caves near Adullam, a city 13 miles southwest of Bethlehem (1 Samuel 22: 1-12). David was in this area when three of his mighty men risked their lives to get him a drink of water from Bethlehem (2 Samuel 23: 13-17).

The first five verses come from a psalm that we are fairly certain refers to David’s time when he had fled to a cave to escape from Saul’s murderous intentions. The coinciding verses are of praise to God for His love and faithfulness, written from the context of David’s thankfulness for being delivered. The last eight verses come from a psalm that appears to have been written on the heels of a great military defeat, in which the psalmist is entreating the Lord to again show His favor to His people.

The two parts were likely put together as a combination for a liturgical purpose during a time of great distress and unease concerning the future. Together, they remind God’s people of His matchless mercy and the care for which He regards His people. They make an outstanding unified plea for God’s help in the fight against “the foe” (Satan). But most importantly, it reminds us first that we cannot fight this enemy alone, and secondly, that we do not have to fight alone, for God is with us.

for vain is the salvation of man!
With God we shall do valiantly;
it is he who will tread down our foes

Read or listen to audio of ESV version of this selection from this link.

/Bob’s boy
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3 comments on “Psalm 108 – With God We Shall Do Valiantly

  1. Reblogged this on † SicSociety † and commented:
    Psalm 108

    A song. A psalm of David.

    1 My heart is confident in you, O God;
    no wonder I can sing your praises with all my heart!
    2 Wake up, lyre and harp!
    I will wake the dawn with my song.
    3 I will thank you, Lord, among all the people.
    I will sing your praises among the nations.
    4 For your unfailing love is higher than the heavens.
    Your faithfulness reaches to the clouds.
    5 Be exalted, O God, above the highest heavens.
    May your glory shine over all the earth.
    6 Now rescue your beloved people.
    Answer and save us by your power.
    7 God has promised this by his holiness[a]:
    “I will divide up Shechem with joy.
    I will measure out the valley of Succoth.
    8 Gilead is mine,
    and Manasseh, too.
    Ephraim, my helmet, will produce my warriors,
    and Judah, my scepter, will produce my kings.
    9 But Moab, my washbasin, will become my servant,
    and I will wipe my feet on Edom
    and shout in triumph over Philistia.”
    10 Who will bring me into the fortified city?
    Who will bring me victory over Edom?
    11 Have you rejected us, O God?
    Will you no longer march with our armies?
    12 Oh, please help us against our enemies,
    for all human help is useless.
    13 With God’s help we will do mighty things,
    for he will trample down our foes.

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