A Song. A Psalm of David. O God, my heart is steadfast; I will sing and give praise, even with my glory. Awake, lute and harp! I will awaken the dawn. I will praise You, O Lord, among the peoples, and I will sing praises to You among the nations. For Your mercy is great above the heavens, and Your truth reaches to the clouds. Be exalted, O God, above the heavens, and Your glory above all the earth; that Your beloved may be delivered, save with Your right hand, and hear me. God has spoken in His holiness: “I will rejoice; I will divide Shechem and measure out the Valley of Succoth. Gilead is Mine; Manasseh is Mine; Ephraim also is the helmet for My head; Judah is My lawgiver. Moab is My washpot; over Edom I will cast My shoe; over Philistia I will triumph.” Who will bring me into the strong city? Who will lead me to Edom? Is it not You, O God, who cast us off? And You, O God, who did not go out with our armies? Give us help from trouble, for the help of man is useless. Through God we will do valiantly, for it is He who shall tread down our enemies. (Psalm 108)
The Help Of Man Is Useless
Songs of worship in the days of King David are different than what the saints of the New Testament might sing. Israel was a sovereign nation guided by the Law given by God to His special people. They subdued nations around them exalting the glory of the Lord through armed conflict against their enemies. Moab, Edom and Philistia were always troubling for the people of God. David would write a song of the deliverance from all the enemies of Israel praising the Lord for His power in giving him victory. He wanted to sing of the promises of God showing His mercy and truth. There was honor to be given to the Lord who brought about the power to overcome those nations that stood against Israel. The right hand of God had brought swift destruction to those opposed to His will. All of the strong cities will be brought low and Edom will be punished. What David realized was the only way this could be done was by the will of God. Man could not do this by his wisdom. Any help to be given in times of trouble would come from the Lord. There was nothing man could do to effect overpowering the great powers that stood against them. The help of man was useless and David acknowledged that only through God would His people valiantly gain the victory. Treading down the enemies would be accomplished by the power of the Lord. In this assurance, the heart of David was secure.
The nation of the Lord is no longer a physical entity but a spiritual host of godly people fighting the good fight against all that stands against truth and righteousness. There has been no change in the tactics of how victory is gained as David sang so many years ago. Enemies abound that stand against the church of the Lord. Materialism is the insidious disease that destroys the hearts of godliness. Oppression will come from the quarters of society that seek to restrict, bind and hinder the work of God. Satan is behind it all as he uses his wiles to create disharmony and discord among the people of God. There are many enemies that stand against the kingdom of God but victory will come by the same hand as sung by David. Resolute hearts must trust in the Lord to gain the victory of all that opposes truth. God is to be praised for His power is mighty in defeating the forces of evil that seek to destroy the faith of His saints. The mercy of God is great above the heavens and His truth reaches to the clouds. Deliverance can only come from the right hand of the Lord and answered prayer. The help of man is useless in defeating the passions of the flesh, pride of life and lusts of the eye. Jesus brought the gospel to free man from the burden of sin. With valiant hearts men will rise that will call upon the name of the Lord to tread down the enemies that oppose truth. This is reason to rejoice and sing a song of David.
Sin is a powerful enemy. Man could not remove its stain. God sent His Son to redeem man by the blood shed on a wooden cross. Salvation came by the power of God and deliverance was through His mercy, truth and grace. All that man could do made it worse. The help of man was useless. Jesus came to bring life and lift man from the mire of darkness that veiled his soul. Satan could not be destroyed through the power of man and only by the sacrifice of the Son of God was the sting of death removed and Hades conquered. Victory came through the Lord Jesus Christ. This is something to sing about. David knew the victory of God over his enemies because he saw the mercy of God. Man was helpless. Help could only come from the One who divided Shechem, measured out the valley of Succoth and possessed Gilead, Manasseh and Ephraim. This same God rules today and can dispossess all that stands against the gospel of His Son. The temptations of the flesh will fall when the soul trusts in the Lord. Overcoming sin can be seen through the might and power of the Lord God of Hosts. Through God we will do valiantly, for it is He who shall tread down our enemies.