Vanity or Valiantly? Which to Choose?

From Lynda Lindsey  

 You have made your people see hard things; You have given us wine to drink that made us stagger. Psalm 60:3

You have set up a banner for those who fear you, that they may flee to it from the bow. That your beloved ones may be delivered, give salvation by your right hand and answer us! Psalm 60:4-5

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 60:11-12

Under David’s leadership the Israelite’s experienced great and victorious war campaigns, but like any nation in war, they also suffered many grievous defeats. After one such devastating loss left God’s people reeling and helpless, staggering like those drunk with wine, David poured out a heartfelt lament to God asking God to repair and restore Israel’s breached defenses. David, feeling rejected and defeated, acknowledged that man’s help is vain and useless, only God can tread down our enemies and cause His people to do valiantly.

David, relying on God’s help, not man's, asked God to restore, repair, save, help, and deliver His people, to be Israel’s banner, a place of safety and refuge. A banner or flag served as a rallying point in battle, a visible point for soldiers who may have gotten confused or lost in the turmoil to find their way back to their own side. And who doesn’t need a banner, a flag, a safe rallying place? We have unexpected challenges, disappointments, trials. We deal with illness, sin, financial reversals, relationship issues. We feel crushed, exhausted, confused; we reel and stagger.

May we, like David, acknowledge that man’s help is vain and useless, that God alone can tread down our enemies and cause us to do valiantly. When we are confused and overwhelmed, feeling lost behind enemy lines, may we make the godly choice to seek protection under God’s banner, His protective presence. God alone restores and repairs our breached defenses. Jesus’ blood saves and delivers us from otherwise certain defeat. If our Lord God doesn’t go with us, all else is indeed in vain. Be determined. Choose to be valiant and victorious in God.