(This is) for the music leader.
(He must use) “A Lily of the Covenant”.
(Psalm 60) is a miktam of David.
It was to teach how:
- he fought armies in Mesopotamia
- he fought armies in Syria
- he sent Joab to Edom, where he killed 12 000 people in the Valley of Salt.
- O GOD, You have rejected us and cast us off, broken down [our defenses], and scattered us; You have been angry–O restore us and turn Yourself to us again!
- You have made the land to quake and tremble, You have rent it [open]; repair its breaches, for it shakes and totters.
- You have made Your people suffer hard things; You have given us to drink wine that makes us reel and be dazed.
- [But now] You have set up a banner for those who fear and worshipfully revere You [to which they may flee from the bow], a standard displayed because of the truth. Selah [pause, and calmly think of that]!
- That Your beloved ones may be delivered, save with Your right hand and answer us [or me].
- God has spoken in His holiness [in His promises]: I will rejoice, I will divide and portion out [the land] Shechem and the Valley of Succoth [west to east].
- Gilead is Mine, and Manasseh is Mine; Ephraim also is My helmet (the defense of My head); Judah is My scepter and My lawgiver.
- Moab is My washpot [reduced to vilest servitude]; upon Edom I cast My shoe in triumph; over Philistia I raise the shout of victory.
- Who will bring me [David] into the strong city [of Petra]? Who will lead me into Edom?
- Have You not rejected us, O God? And will You not go forth, O God, with our armies?
- O give us help against the adversary, for vain (ineffectual and to no purpose) is the help or salvation of man.
- Through God we shall do valiantly, for He it is Who shall tread down our adversaries.
The Story of Psalm 60
Psalm 60 is a *miktam. A *miktam is either something made of gold, or special teaching or something hidden.
The Lily of the Covenant could have two meanings –
- it is the name of a piece of music to which words were sung
- It is a musical instrument to make music for the song.