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Bible Commentaries

Morgan's Exposition on the Whole Bible

Psalms 60

Verses 1-12

This is a song out of defeat. It may be divided into three parts. The first is a recognition of the cause of defeat, ending with a prayer (verses Psa 60:1-5 ). The second expresses the answer of God in the soul of the singer (verses Psa 60:6-8 ). In the third there is a note of helplessness, a cry of need, and a cry of confidence. In the midst of an evidently disastrous defeat, the singer recognizes the government of God. His appeal for help is based on his recognition of the true vocation of the people. They bear a banner for the display of truth. Note the "Selah" at this point, suggesting especial attention to this fact. For the sake of that banner the cry for deliverance is raised.

Then the singer tells of the answer, but the supreme note is "God hath spoken in His holiness."

All the fine imagery which describes triumph follows that declaration. Victory is possible only in holiness. Defeat is ever the issue of sin. All human aid is helpless when God has abandoned the people. The song ends with a cry for help and the declaration of personal assurance.

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Morgan, G. Campbell. "Commentary on Psalms 60". "Morgan's Exposition on the Bible". 1857-84.