Psalm 60

Restoration and Victory in God's Strength



In Psalm 60, the psalmist reflects on a time of distress and seeks God's restoration and victory over their enemies. As we study this psalm from a New Covenant perspective, we will see how it points to Jesus Christ as the ultimate source of restoration, triumph, and the fulfillment of God's promises. We will explore the themes of seeking God's help in times of trouble, finding strength in His presence, and trusting in His victorious plans.

Section 1: Seeking God's Help in Times of Trouble (vs 1-5)

"You have rejected us, God, and burst upon us; you have been angry—now restore us! You have shaken the land and torn it open; mend its fractures, for it is quaking. You have shown your people desperate times; you have given us wine that makes us stagger. But for those who fear you, you have raised a banner to be unfurled against the bow."

Talking Points:

Harmony: 2 Corinthians 1:3-4 (NIV), "Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of compassion and the God of all comfort, who comforts us in all our troubles, so that we can comfort those in any trouble with the comfort we ourselves receive from God."


Section 2: Finding Strength in God's Presence (vs 6-8)

"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, and Manasseh is mine; Ephraim is my helmet, Judah is my scepter.'"

Talking Points:

Harmony: Philippians 4:13 (NIV), "I can do all this through him who gives me strength."


Section 3: Trusting in God's Victorious Plans (vs 9-12)

"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."

Talking Points:

Harmony: Romans 8:37 (NIV), "No, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him who loved us."



Psalm 60, interpreted through the perspective of the New Covenant in Christ, presents the psalmist's cry for God's restoration and victory over enemies, finding its ultimate fulfillment in Jesus. 

The psalmist's plea for God to restore and revive His people points to Jesus as the source of spiritual renewal and transformation (Titus 3:5, 2 Corinthians 5:17). 

The psalmist's description of God shaking the land and displaying His power echoes the awe-inspiring works of Jesus, including calming the storm and raising the dead (Matthew 8:23-27, John 11:38-44). 

The psalmist's plea for God's salvation and deliverance anticipates Jesus' role as the Savior of the world, offering redemption and eternal life to all who believe in Him (John 3:16, Acts 4:12). 

The psalmist's call for God's help in the face of enemies points to Jesus as our Protector and Defender, who guards us from the attacks of the evil one (John 17:15, 2 Thessalonians 3:3). 

The psalmist's reliance on God's strength and promises aligns with our trust in Jesus, who is our strength and the fulfillment of all God's promises (2 Corinthians 1:20, Philippians 4:13). 

Psalm 60 leads us to Jesus as our Redeemer, Savior, and the source of our hope and victory, inviting us to find confidence and peace in Him despite the challenges we face.