Daily Bible Reading “Vain is the Help of Man” (Psalm 60:1-12)

Psalm 60 If God is for usVain is the Help of Man

Today’s Daily Bible Reading is from Psalm 60:1-12. Psalm 60 is a Psalm of David to the Chief Musician. It was meant to be played on the Shushaneduth, to the tune of “The Lily of the Covenant.” It was to be used as a teaching tool. This psalm was written when David fought with Aramnaharaim and Aramzobah, and Joab, David’s general, returned and smote twelve thousand Edomites in the valley of salt. The meaning of Joab’s name is “Jehovah is father.” When we make God our father, we can win in any battle that faces us.

David cried out to God, “O God, thou hast cast us off, thou hast scattered us, thou hast been displeased; O turn thyself to us again.” In verses 2-4 David describes what they had been through. It seems like he is describing an earthquake. He then pleads to God to help him win the battle.

Sometimes we put our trust and faith in men and they fail us. David had strong armies of men to fight with, but he knew he needed God to be on his side and give him favor in the midst of the battle. Do you call on God to help you in the battles of life?

Daily Bible Reading:

Psalm 60:1-12

1 [[To the Chief Musician upon Shushaneduth, Michtam of David, to teach; when he strove with Aramnaharaim and with Aramzobah, when Joab returned, and smote of Edom in the valley of salt twelve thousand.]] O God, thou hast cast us off, thou hast scattered us, thou hast been displeased; O turn thyself to us again.
2 Thou hast made the earth to tremble; thou hast broken it: heal the breaches thereof; for it shaketh.
3 Thou hast shewed thy people hard things: thou hast made us to drink the wine of astonishment.
4 Thou hast given a banner to them that fear thee, that it may be displayed because of the truth. Selah.
5 That thy beloved may be delivered; save with thy right hand, and hear me.
6 God hath spoken in his holiness; I will rejoice, I will divide Shechem, and mete out the valley of Succoth.
7 Gilead is mine, and Manasseh is mine; Ephraim also is the strength of mine head; Judah is my lawgiver;
8 Moab is my washpot; over Edom will I cast out my shoe: Philistia, triumph thou because of me.
9 Who will bring me into the strong city? who will lead me into Edom?
10 Wilt not thou, O God, which hadst cast us off? and thou, O God, which didst not go out with our armies?
11 Give us help from trouble: for vain is the help of man.
12 Through God we shall do valiantly: for he it is that shall tread down our enemies.


Things to think about:

  • In what ways do you lean on God to lead you in life?
  • Have you ever felt like God turned His back on you? If so, describe the situation.
  • Was it God who turned His back on you or did you lose fellowship with God?
  • Why should we repent and ask God to forgive us and return His favor to us?


Prayer of the Day:

Dear Heavenly Father,

Thank You for this Scripture in Psalm 60. Thank You for the example of David who shows us even people who are strong and mighty need Your help. Help us not to put our faith and trust in men, but in You, God. In Jesus’ name, we pray. Amen.

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